The Channel Tunnel or Le tunnel sous la Manche, as it is known to the French carries passengers only on the Eurostar and both passengers and vehicles including coaches on the Euro Tunnel. It links Folkestone in Kent, England to Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais near Calais beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover.
It is an incredible feat of engineering which was originally concieved in 1802, however the construction was stalled due to national security concerns by both the British politicians and the press. Eightly six years later in 1986 Eurotunnel began construction with the opening in 1994. The Channel Tunnel was identified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 1996 by the American Society of Civil Engineers identified the tunnel .
Taking just over 35 minutes, it is the fastest way to travel between England and the Continent. The Channel Tunnel covers 50.5 kilometres or 31.4 miles and with 37.9 kilometres or 23.5 miles has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world. At it's lowest point it is .75 metres or 250 feet deep.
There are up to 4 Eurotunnel departures each hour with a variety of fares dependent upon the number of passengers and how far in advance you book. Full payment for the Eurotunnel must be received as part of your deposit in order to secure your preferred crossing. The Eurotunnel has motorway to motorway access and because you are in a vehicle you are no baggage restrictions.
Although passengers stay in the vehicle or within the vehicle compartment area during the crossing there is plenty of time to visit the shops at the Terminals in Folkestone or Calais. Especially good wine discounts in Calais.
Folkestone Terminal Shops