Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.


Calais is a major town and port in Northern France. It is the closest French town to the United Kingdom, and offers a variety of ferry services between the country, as well as being a terminus of the Channel Tunnel.

How to get to Calais from
Route 1:

One of the most popular international train service is the high-speed Eurostar service between St Pancras International Station at King's Cross in London, and Brussels-Midi/Zuid, the Eurostar acts as the UK's route into Europe, and from Brussels, passengers can catch a variety of services into the heart of Europe.

Taking just two hours and fifteen minutes from London to Paris, and with some services calling at Ebbsfleet, Ashford, Calais, and Lille en route, it is a fast option that can be taken without your feet leaving the ground. The Eurostar is also one of the cheapest ways to get across the channel, and offers a relatively luxurious alternative to flight. It is also one of the most regular services, operating up to 6 services a day from London to Brussels, as early as twenty-five past five in the morning, and as late as eight o'clock in the evening.

Route 2:

The Eurotunnel Shuttle (Le Shuttle) transports vehicles between Folkestone in the United Kingdom and Calais in France. The journey under the English Channel takes only 35 minutes, although the whole journey is a bit longer due to check-in requirements and the boarding process.

The Journey

  1. Motorists should arrive at the check-in point at least 30mins before your train is meant to depart (but no more than 2hrs before your scheduled departure).
  2. Check-in is made using either a self-service machine (remember to bring the card you used to book your ticket, and/or your 8-digit reference number) or manually.
  3. Once checked-in, you will be given a departure hanger to place in your car (visibly). If there is enough time before your train is meant to leave, you can visit the Passenger Terminal for last-minute shopping and refreshments.
  4. Before boarding the train, passengers and cars go through border/passport control, where you passports and documentation will be checked.
  5. Around 25mins before the train is meant to leave, boarding will begin. Follow the green arrows to your allocated slip lane.
  6. After the journey (only 35mins), follow instructions to drive toff the train at the other end.