All about the Channel Tunnel

Chunnel from London to Paris

Traveling from London to Paris, traveling via the Channel Tunnel is the fastest route. You can do this by traveling by car via the LeShuttle train or on foot with the Eurostar train.

Eurostar train from London to Paris

The Eurostar is the passenger service that provides direct connections through the Channel Tunnel to cities such as Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. This train is a fast option to travel from London to Paris, with a travel time of only 2 hours and 17 minutes, and is also more environmentally friendly than flying.

Eurostar Chunnel
The Eurostar at London St Pancras International

The Eurostar departs from London St Pancras International and travels to Paris via the Channel Tunnel. At London St Pancras International, you undergo security and customs checks, after which the train departs for the destination without any stops. Once you arrive in Paris, at Gare Du Nord station, you can easily travel to the city center or Disneyland Paris by metro.

Advantages of the Eurostar

The advantages of traveling with the Eurostar via the Channel Tunnel from London to Paris:

  • Short travel time: With a duration of 2 hours and 17 minutes, the train is faster compared to the time required for check-in and flying from London to Paris.
  • Comfort and relaxation: The journey is comfortable with more spacious seats than on the plane and availability of wifi.
  • Beautiful views: Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of England and France along the way.
  • Environmentally friendly: Train travel is more sustainable with significantly less emissions than traveling by ferry or plane.

Additionally, there are often affordable tickets available; you can book a one-way ticket to Paris from £49.

Tips for traveling to Paris

When traveling with the Eurostar to Paris, here are some tips for you:

  1. Book tickets in advance: especially during busy periods, prices can rise significantly, you can save a lot of money by booking a ticket in advance. Also, if you have a fixed date when you want to travel and are not flexible, it is advisable to reserve your ticket in advance. It may happen that a train is simply full and you cannot board.
  2. Arrive at the station on time: for the train journey to Europe, you also need to go through the security check. The check-in time with the Eurostar train therefore takes longer than a normal train journey. It is wise to be present 45 minutes before departure, check-in closes 30 minutes before departure.
  3. Bring a valid passport: it is also mandatory to have a valid UK passport. Without a valid passport, you will not be allowed on the train.

Early booking not only offers the advantage of lower prices but also guarantees your place on board the train. If you plan to attend the Olympics next year, it is wise to reserve your train ticket now. More information about Eurostar services during the Olympics can be found under ‘Eurostar Olympics‘.

Alternative: By Car from London to Paris

Channel tunnel car
Driving onto the LeShuttle train

If you plan to travel to Paris by car, the Channel Tunnel is a practical option. With the LeShuttle car train, you travel through the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone to Calais. From Calais, it is possible to drive further to Paris. For this journey, consider the following times:

  • Travel time from London to Folkestone: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Minimum check-in time for the Eurotunnel: 1 hour
  • Duration of the journey through the Channel Tunnel: 35 minutes
  • Driving time from Calais to Paris: 3 hours and 50 minutes
You start the journey by driving to Folkestone, where you board the LeShuttle car train. After a 35-minute journey through the Channel Tunnel, you arrive near Calais, from where you drive to Paris.

Content is your comprehensive guide for traveling to England by train through the Channel Tunnel. Whether you're traveling by car, on foot, or simply seeking current information, we provide all the essential details for a smooth crossing via the Channel Tunnel. Learn more about Eurostar train services, the Shuttle for vehicles, current prices, and alternatives such as ferries.

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