Thinking of driving to Belgium?
If your next trip is to Belgium, whether for business or pleasure, there is no better way to get there than by car. Driving to Belgium gives you the freedom to explore the area, head off the beaten track and discover the country at your leisure. And when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you will get there in a fraction of the time compared to a ferry crossing to Belgium, which takes 13 hours and 15 minutes!
Faster than a ferry to Belgium:
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
When it comes to planning your Belgian driving holiday or business trip, look no further than Eurotunnel Le Shuttle to get you on your way. Our service is both flexible and affordable, which means that with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, travelling to Belgium couldn't be easier!
- Crossings run from Folkestone to Calais 365 days a year
- There are up to four departures every hour
- It takes just 35 minutes to get to France from the UK, making it faster than the ferries to Belgium
- Prices start at just £23 , which covers one car and up to nine passengers
It's so easy to get to the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle from within the UK, as there's direct access from the M20 motorway. Take a look at how close you are with our handy table of 10 key cities around the country.
Cities in the UK
|Please note: These distance and driving times to our UK terminal are approximate and given as guidance only.|
Never been on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle?
Here's how it works...
We run Channel crossings from Folkestone 365 days a year, with up to four departures every hour. Our flexible and convenient service runs 24 hours a day, which gives you the freedom to travel when it suits you.
With our extensive timetable, you can select a time and date for travelling that fits into your busy schedule.
It's so easy to book: simply select your travel dates, choose your preferred time slot and pick one of the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle departure times. You'll be on your way to Belgium before you know it!
1. Arrive at Eurotunnel and check in
From the UK, Eurotunnel is easily reached via the M25 and M20. Exit the motorway at Junction 11a, and drive straight to our check-in booths. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes and no more than two hours before your booked departure time.
2. Collect your Departure Hanger
You will need your booking reference number and the credit/debit card used at the time of booking to collect this.
3. Visit our Passenger Terminal
Once you're through check-in and passport control, take some time to relax and visit our Passenger Terminal Building for a spot of shopping at one of our 11 shops, including World Duty Free, or enjoy some refreshments at one of the cafés. Remember to keep your hanger visible at all times whilst on the terminal site.
4. Have your passport ready
When it's time, drive straight through to the British and French frontier controls where your passport, vehicle and official documentation will be checked.
5. Drive on
You can start to board approximately 25 minutes before your departure time. There are customer information screens and service announcements to let you know when Le Shuttle is ready. Follow the green arrows to your allocated slip lane, and it won't be long before you're on your way.
6. Drive off
Boarding is simple and safe, and you will be directed to your carriage by our friendly team. You stay with your vehicle throughout the short journey in bright, air-conditioned carriages. There's nothing left to do except sit back and relax, or get out and stretch your legs. In 35 minutes, simply drive off at the end of the crossing and be on your way.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Here are some useful contact details to help you out.
Top tips for the drive to Belgium
Driving to Belgium from the Eurotunnel terminus in Calais is so quick and easy. The border is a short 40-minute drive along the E40, which follows the coast along Northern France. Once you're in Belgium, it's time to start exploring at making the most of the freedom driving.
Stay on the E40 and continue your journey on to
Bruges, just an hour and 20 minutes from Calais. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful historic European city. Climb the Belfry of Bruges and admire views over the city, take in some culture at the Groeningemuseum, or simply lose yourself wandering through the ancient cobbled streets.
A two-hour drive from our Calais terminal is vibrant
Antwerp. Famed as the home of classic Baroque painter Rubens, it has also become a fashion-mecca, making it a must-visit for the shopaholics amongst you! On your drive to Antwerp from Calais, you will pass the stunning, yet underrated, town of
Ghent - brimming with culture, it is definitely worth detouring for a visit!
A trip to Belgium wouldn't be complete without a visit to the capital city,
Brussels. The heart of Europe and home to the EU, there is plenty to do in this fascinating city. If you're travelling with the family, be sure to pay the Belgian Comic Strip Center a visit, or take the kids to the Océade waterpark for a fun day out. Take some time out to relax as you wander the Art Nouveau collections of the Horta Museum, or simply indulge in some of the famous Belgian chocolates and beer!
Belgium has so much to offer, it can be tricky to know where to start. Why not take a look at our
Belgian city guide for more inspiration for your trip?
It's so easy to
book your holiday with Eurotunnel, and with our speedy and flexible service, it has never been more convenient. What's more, when you book your accommodation through
Eurotunnel Hotels, you can save up to 75%!
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