- Total time for Channel Tunnel
Think it’s 45 minutes crossing.
Total time depends on how busy a day/time you’re travelling. You’ll get an email from tunnel peeps a few weeks before you travel saying whether you’re scheduled on a busy time or not. If one of your days is a busy one, there’s not much point turning up early. Just plan on turning up when they tell you (I think it’s minimum of thirty or forty minutes before departure). You drive up, the ANPR system recognises your plate and you’re given options on the screen for when you want to depart – if it’s a quiet time, you may get an earlier option. If it’s a busy day, you’ll most likely the one you’ve pre-booked.
So all in all, if you time it well, it could be around an hour and a half between turning up and being on the road in France. Transport links at either end are excellent, especially in France…you’re straight on the autoroute in a few minutes.Posted 6 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Blimey @ 3.5 hours. Must have been peak time and/or dodgy weather? Don’t think I’ve ever managed much more than about 2-2.5 hours motorway-motorway, although that’s usually a few days either side of Christmas.
Tunnel should be about 40 minutes quicker in theory.
Only reason I don’t use the tunnel is because of the discriminatory pricing for those starting journeys on the French side.Posted 6 years agoannebrSubscriber
We’ve always been pretty lucky for turning up and being directed straight to loading. I would say on average 1 hr for motorway to motorway crossing on the tunnel.
Ferry always seems to take half a day out my holiday. It may be cheaper but I’d usually rather have the time.Posted 6 years agoransosMember
Used it two weeks ago – 30 minute check-in plus 35 minute crossing. You’re off in about 10 minutes once you’re in France.
We were running late so only got to Folkestone bang on the minimum check in time, but had not problems getting on the train.
Our ticket wasn’t much more than the Ferry, and it’s way quicker. Plus we got an earlier crossing on the way back as we got to Calais early.Posted 6 years ago
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