Arriving via the Channel Tunnel and by ferry, over 20 million passengers a year pass through Calais, a major transport hub linking Great Britain and the continent.
Since 1994, passengers have been able to travel through the Channel Tunnel using Eurotunnel’s “Le Shuttle” services. Trains run day and night, carrying vehicles and passengers across the Channel in as little as 35 minutes.
This video shows how to use the Eurotunnel, from departure to arrival.
Modalités d’embarquement et de débarquement
On the French side, passengers embark at Coquelles, just west of Calais. The terminal is easy to reach from the A16 motorway or from Calais city centre (7 minutes by car). On the English side, passengers embark at Folkestone. The terminal is right alongside the M20 motorway, which runs through Kent to London.
You can plan your trip or make a booking at:
CAN I TRAVEL THROUGH THE TUNNEL WITHOUT MY CAR?
Yes. You can catch the EUROSTAR international high-speed train, which links London to Paris, Brussels and Lille.
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You can make the journey from Calais to London (St Pancras station) in just 1 hour. The international railway station is in Fréthun, 7km from the city centre. It is easy to reach by car on the A16 motorway (toll free in Calais area). Head for Boulogne and exit at junction 40 (Fréthun, gare TGV). The station is 20 minutes away from Calais city centre.
Passengers without cars can reach Calais-Fréthun international station by train from Calais-Ville station. Calais-Fréthun is on the Calais-Ville to Boulogne-Ville line. People occasionally use this train connection.
INFORMATION ABOUT GREAT BRITAIN
Are you going to be using Calais as a stopover or a base to spend a few days before visiting Great Britain? Then consult our “Where to stay” section, where you’ll find a range of options to suit all budgets.
The www.visitkent.co.uk website is where you’ll find all the information you need about the county of Kent, “The garden of England”.
www.visitbritain.com provides information for visitors to Great Britain
The Customs Authorities in France and Great Britain (UK Border Agency) carry out pre-embarkation checks in both countries. As Great Britain does not form part of the Schengen Area, we strongly advise you to check that your identity documents are valid under UK law. www.homeoffice.gov.uk
Advice can also be obtained from companies offering travel services to the UK.
TRAVELLING WITH YOUR PET:
Want to take your pet to the UK with you? If so, there are a number of procedures to follow. Please contact the ferry companies for precise details.
A list of vets and boarding kennels is available from Calais Tourist Office.