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What is the fastest way to travel to Europe? Is it by train, by car, or by ferry? On this page, you will find sample routes with the Channel Tunnel and alternative routes. We have calculated the routes to Amsterdam as an example.

Eurotunnel - Travel Duration of 6 hours and 35 minutes

If you're travelling to Amsterdam by car via the Channel Tunnel, you should expect a journey time of approximately 6 hours and 35 minutes.

From London to Folkestone
1 hour and 30 minutes
Minimum Check-in (before departure)
1 hour (max. 2 hours)
Journey through the Channel Tunnel
35 minutes
Total travel time to France(Folkestone)
3 hours and 5 minutes
From Calais to Amsterdam
3 hour and 30 minutes
Total travel time to Amsterdam
6 hours and 35 minutes

For more information on travelling by car to Amsterdam by train, including address details, a description of what the journey looks like, and the rules to be considered, you can visit the following page: Eurotunnel with car.

Eurostar - Travel Duration of 4 hours

When travelling with the Eurostar to Amsterdam (fastest option), the train goes directly through the Channel Tunnel to Amsterdam. Customs checks take place at London St. Pancras International, eliminating the need for further stops en route. For this direct journey, you should account for a travel time of about 4 hours.

Minimum check-in at London St. Pancras International
30 minutes
Train journey from London to Amsterdam Central
3 hours and 30 minutes
Total travel time with Eurostar to London
4 hours

For more information about the journey, booking tickets, and the rules you must adhere to during the trip, you can visit the page: Travelling to Amsterdam with Eurostar.

Ferry - Travel Duration of 7 hours and 45 minutes

The ferry is also a great alternative route to Amsterdam. There are several ferries sailing to Europe (Channel Tunnel or Ferry). The fastest route is from Dover to Calais, with the crossing taking only 1.5 hours. If you include travel time to the ferry and from the ferry to Amsterdam, you can expect a total travel duration of 7 hours and 45 minutes.

From London to Dover
2 hours
Minimum check-in
45 minutes
Crossing Dover - Calais
1 hour and 30 minutes
From Calais to Amsterdam
3 hours and 30 minutes
Totale reistijd naar Londen
7 hours and 45 minutes

Total Travel Time to Amsterdam

There are various options and routes available for a trip to Amsterdam. The fastest option is a journey with the Eurostar, departing from London St Pancras and heading directly to Amsterdam Central, ideal for those travelling on foot.

For a car journey to the Netherlands, you can choose between the Channel Tunnel and a ferry crossing. The Calais to Dover crossing is the fastest ferry option. Below, you'll find an overview of the different routes, including travel duration and starting prices for the tickets.

When travelling on foot, the quickest and most cost-effective option is the Eurostar. By car, you have the choice of a ferry crossing or the car train via the Channel Tunnel. The most economical option is the ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. The fastest option is the car train via the Channel Tunnel. However, the total journey only takes a half-hour longer but is significantly more affordable.

Another plus of the ferry is that the crossing is experienced as relaxing; you can step out of your car during the crossing and enjoy the boat. Consider having a meal or shopping tax-free!

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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