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Find all the information regarding departure times for Channel Tunnel journeys via the LeShuttle train operated by Eurotunnel.

Eurotunnel Crossing Time - LeShuttle

Two types of trains operate through the Channel Tunnel: Le Shuttle and Eurostar. Le Shuttle is specifically designed for transporting cars and departs from Folkestone, while Eurostar is a passenger train that travels directly from London to various destinations in Europe.

Le Shuttle operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. Depending on demand, train frequencies through the Channel Tunnel may increase, with up to four trains per hour during peak periods.

There is no fixed timetable for train departures; passengers are required to book a ticket in advance and are allocated a specific time slot for travel. It is necessary to check in at least one hour and no later than two hours before the scheduled departure.

LeShuttle train times without a ticket

If you haven't pre-booked a ticket, you can drive directly to the Eurotunnel check-in and purchase a ticket for the Le Shuttle train on-site. Depending on the current congestion, you will be assigned a time slot. However, it is strongly recommended to book in advance to secure a place on the train and to benefit from lower rates than those available at the check-in.

Use the booking module below to find the best price. You can also specify your desired travel time in the schedule. The crossing through the Channel Tunnel takes only 35 minutes.

Tip: Duty-free shopping

At the Eurotunnel terminals in Folkestone and Calais, you can shop duty-free at the World Duty Free shop. This is an excellent opportunity to make tax-free purchases before your departure. Additionally, the shop offers the option to pre-purchase and reserve products with the ‘Reserve & Collect' option. This way, you can pick up your reserved items during your journey.

Eurotunnel train times Eurostar

If you are traveling on foot from England to Europe, the Eurostar train provides a direct connection through the Channel Tunnel. This train departs approximately six times daily from London Central. A ticket reservation in advance is necessary, with a specific departure time provided. You are expected to be present approximately 45 minutes before departure. The travel time with Eurostar varies depending on your destination and whether you have a direct connection.

  • Direct travel from London to Brussels โ€“ travel time 1 hour and 54 minutes
  • Direct travel to Paris โ€“ travel time of 2 hours and 17 minutes
  • Direct travel to Amsterdam โ€“ travel time of 3 hours and 56 minutes

What if you are late?

If you book a standard ticket, you must also specify a time slot immediately. It is important to adhere to this time slot and check in one hour before departure. If you are unexpectedly late, your ticket does not expire immediately.

Depending on availability, when checking in, you will be offered the nearest alternative departure times, as long as you do not arrive more than 2 hours before or after your scheduled departure time.

If you arrive more than 2 hours early or late and there is availability, you may be asked to pay the price difference between the originally paid fare and the fare applicable on that day.

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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