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Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services.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.

Folkestone

Folkestone is a town in the county of Kent, United Kingdom. The town grew rapidly as a result of its importance as a hub of rail and sea links.

The town is linked to London by high-speed rail, providing services in under one hour. It is also a terminus of the Eurotunnel (Le Shuttle) service, offering cross-channel journeys in 35 minutes.

How to get to Folkestone from
Route 1:

An alternative to the Dutch Flyer or International Rail options for travelling between London and Amsterdam is to catch a Eurolines coach. The route offers up to ten services between the cities each day, and it is one of the most carbon-efficient ways of travelling. On some services, Eurolines Plus coaches are used, which offer passengers DVDs and extra legroom. One other advantage of travelling by coach is the luggage allowance; each passenger is allowed two medium sized suitcases, a much greater free allowance than is offered by budget airlines.

Passengers must check in at least 30 minutes before the coach is due to depart (although they can check in from 1 hour before departure, and at London check in closes 15 minutes before departure). You will need to show your passport or travel documentation before being issued with a boarding card. If you are travelling with luggage, make sure it is labelled as it will be stored under the coach.

This route involves a sea crossing which, depending on which service you are on, will either by by Eurotunnel or by P&O ferry (except where stated). When you get to the port/train terminal, you will have to get off the coach and go through border control. 

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.