Driving guides

Driving To France with Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is the fastest way to cross the Channel. Our service from Folkestone to Calais lasts just 35 minutes, less than any ferry to France.

France is perfect for a road trip, and departing from Calais with motorway to motorway access you can begin your adventure. Visit Baroque châteaux, stroll through fashionable cities and lose yourself amidst breath-taking coastal and pastoral scenery. Wherever you’re headed, you journey on your own terms when travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.

Did you know?

  • Ticket prices start from just £31 per car
  • Our service departs up to four times every hour, 365 days a year
  • Your journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle lasts just 35 minutes
  • There are no baggage restrictions, so you can pack as much as you like

Faster than a ferry to France

For some, the first option that might come to mind when thinking of crossing the Channel is to visit France by ferry. But in fact, the most flexible, cost efficient and speedy option is to travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.

How long does the ferry take from England to France?

There are a number of UK ports that run ferries to France, with none offering a journey as short as Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s 35-minute transit. The fastest alternative to our service are the ferries from Dover that reach Calais in 1hr and 30mins, and Dunkirk in 2hrs.

The benefit of a faster transit is the time saved, which allows you to better explore France and reach your chosen destination sooner. You’ll have more time to visit the towns and cities that have taken your fancy or the stretch of coast you’ve been daydreaming about.

Driving to our Folkestone terminal

If you’re planning to drive from London to France, or from anywhere else in the UK, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is also your easiest and fastest option.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is much easier to reach when compared to the ferries to France. To find us simply make your way to the M20 and take exit 11A.

Take a look at our handy table to see the distances to our Folkestone terminal from these British cities:

Cities in the UK Distance Driving Time
London 67.4 miles/109km 1h 21m
Portsmouth 127 miles/205km 2h 08m
Bristol 186 miles/298km 3h 02m
Birmingham 194 miles/313km 3h 08m
Exeter 235 miles/378km 4h 07m
Leeds 259 miles/417km 4h 13m
Manchester 275 miles/444km 4h 32m
Newcastle 341 miles/549km 5h 26m
Glasgow 463 miles/746km 7h 22m
Edinburgh 461 miles/742km 7h 41m
Please note: These distance and driving times to our UK terminal are approximate and given as guidance only.

 

What to see in France

France has a rich and varied culture, with something that appeals to everyone. If you want to plan a visit via Eurotunnel Le Shuttle but aren’t sure what you should experience, here are some things to consider.

Normandy is a tranquil dream for those with a campervan

For families visiting France looking for a happy summer holiday, there's nothing quite like combining a road trip with a camping adventure. Take the chance to explore the great outdoors, whilst relaxing amongst the peace and quiet. France has you spoilt for choice when it comes to great campsites, so take a look at our guide to camping in France to help you chose where to go. You’ll also find plenty of tips and tricks to help make your camping trip as comfortable as possible.

Surprise your significant other with a stroll through Troyes

Everyone knows France to be the home of romance, which makes it a great destination for couples. For a truly unique getaway that isn’t too far away from our Calais terminal, head down to the Champagne-Ardenne region. The laidback lifestyle and rich cultural heritage you’ll find in towns like Troyes help to create the perfect setting for some quality time with that extra-special someone.

Spend a weekend in the idyllic Marais Poitevin

If you're visiting France with friends, we suggest planning a fun day of boating on traditional ‘barques’ (flat-bottom boats) and picnics in the Marais Poitevin, in the Loire Valley. It’s ideal for a weekend break or longer.

Travelling to France with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

Not only is Eurotunnel Le Shuttle your quickest option, but it’s also a very simple and efficient service to use. For those who have never travelled with us before, the first thing to do is book by selecting your time and date of travel, then follow these steps as you approach our Folkestone terminal.

  1. Arriving at our Folkestone terminal
    Exit the motorway at Junction 11A and drive straight to our check-in booths. Allow yourself between 30 minutes and two hours before your chosen departure time.
  2. Collecting your Departure Hanger info
    You will need your booking reference number and the credit/debit card used at the time of booking to collect this. Your hanger will print from the self-service machine or will be handed to you by check-in staff, depending on which booth you choose to use. A letter will be displayed on your hanger, which is the letter given to your timed shuttle.
  3. Our Passenger Terminal
    Once you're through check-in, take some time to relax and visit our Passenger Terminal Building for a spot of shopping, or enjoy some refreshments at one of the cafés. You can board approximately 25 minutes before your departure time, customer information screens and service announcements will let you know when Le Shuttle is ready, so keep an eye on your shuttle's letter.
  4. Have your passport ready
    When it's time, drive straight through to the British and French border controls where your passport, vehicle and official documentation will be checked. Please have all passports to hand, removed from wallets and open at the photo page until you have cleared all controls.
  5. Drive on
    Follow the signs to France to find your way to the boarding lanes, where you may face a small wait. When your shuttle is ready to board the barrier will open in your lane, please proceed on the marked route towards the platform. Once boarded, you'll be able to stretch your legs and explore the light and air-conditioned Eurotunnel Le Shuttle carriages or sit back and relax.
  6. Drive off
    Once you’ve reached Calais, simply drive off at the end of the crossing and voilà, your French adventure awaits!

If you want to know more or have any questions, take a look at our contact page for a range of ways to get in touch.

Whether with friends, family or just one special someone, making the trip to France is a breeze. Book your next journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle today, and let the road trip adventure begin.