Cycle to the Continent with LeShuttle

Fares only £50 per bicycle, each way

A woman in blue cycling clothing with a white helmet stopping on her bicycle to take in view of mountains and picturesque village

How can I take my bike to France?

Taking your bike to France is easy. 

Our cycle service operates between the Holiday Inn Express, Folkestone and the CIFFCO building opposite Cite Europe in Calais, carrying cycles and cyclists on a specially adapted and spacious minibus. You will be collected and taken to the terminal and onto the shuttle for a 35 minute journey to Calais. 


The fare is £50 for adults and children with cycles. Children accompanying their parents on a child seat travel free of charge. Tandems are charged by the number of seats, occupied or not. Trailer prices are dependent on the size.

To make a reservation, click here and select the cycle service from the drop-down menu and complete the request form. Once complete a member of our Customer Support Team will be in touch.

A minimum of 10 working days advance booking is required. Tickets are non-refundable. Amendments can be made up to 3 working days before departure, subject to availability.

Unfortunately, we are unable to take bookings over the telephone or on the day of travel.

Pick-up and drop-off cycle points

On the day of your crossing, arrive 15 minutes ahead of the minibus departure time at the pick-up/drop-off points mentioned below. There are set local times for this, so be sure you arrive at the right one.

n the UK the pick-up/drop-off point for cyclists is at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone - Channel Tunnel at 08:00* and 14.00*

In France the pick-up/drop-off point for cyclists is Ciffco, Boulevard de l'Europe, 62904 Coquelles at 12:00* and 18.00*

* Local times

Directions for cars carrying cyclists

Exit M20 junction 12 direction Cheriton, A20. At the roundabout, take 3rd exit keeping to right hand lane direction Cheriton/Sandgate. Follow signs MOD, the Holiday Inn Express will be on your left.

Directions for cyclists travelling by train

Alight at Folkestone West Railway Station.   

Turn left out of the station onto Station Road, turn left into Cheriton Road going into Cheriton High Street. Take the left turn (towards Tesco). Continue on this road, straight over the traffic lights, and you will find the Holiday Inn Express hotel on your left.

Parking for cyclists

Parking at the Holiday Inn Express Folkestone - Channel Tunnel is available for a daily fee, paid directly to the hotel. No reservations can be made in advance and is subject to availability. For further information call 01303 298 450.

Tickets for travel with LeShuttle are covered by current Conditions of Carriage. Please read them before travelling for certain exclusions of liability.

Tips for cycling in Europe

Even the most experience cyclists might need to brush up on the rules from time to time. From what to pack to staying safe, be sure to read up on all the guidance you can so your holiday is safe and fun.

Cycle helmets

Helmets may not always be a legal requirement but are always a good idea. They’re not uncomfortable and can help keep you safe should an accident occur. In some places they are mandatory, with fines in place for non-compliance, so be sure to check the rules before you travel.

Road rules for cyclists

The rules may be slightly different between countries, but it’s always safest to wear a helmet and make yourself as visible as possible to other road users, especially at night. There can be fines if you don’t comply to the rules, and for most places, cycle lanes must be used where you find them on your journey. This guide from cyclingweekly will help you with the rules for cyclists across Europe.

What you need to take

When packing, try to choose clothing that is designed to make cycling more comfortable, especially if you are planning to try some longer routes. Think about the weather and temperature, check online if you’re not sure.

Our suggestions for your suitcase:

  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Water bottles
  • Saddle bag
  • Hand-pump
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Cycling shoes
  • Pedals
  • Lights
  • Spare set of brake pads
  • Waterproof pouch for any tech
  • Bike lock

Group of four cycling friends dressed in cycling gear looking at a view of Dresden over a river

Cycling holiday ideas

Not sure where to go on your bicycle? Let us help you with some of our favourite places to visit on a cycling break.

Make a reservation

Start your cycling holiday by reserving a space on one of our shuttles and you’ll be enjoying France (or beyond) by bike in no time

To make a reservation, click here and select the cycle service from the drop-down menu and complete the request form.

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