"Le Shuttle V Easy and more flexible"
Reviewed 11 July 2014 by Andrew
prices now seem much more competitive than taking a boat. Certainly more flexible in case you turn up early or late there is a 2 hr window in which there is no charge to take a different time (as long as there is space). compare that to the boats where they will squeeze you for an extra charge. Direct Ferries website is useful since you can see at a glance what the comparisons are between boat or Shuttle. You are free to choose either but remember we all need a little flexibility since this is usually just a small part of a 500km+ journey. Check-in is a doddle since there is a camera which recocgnises yr plate at the gate so immediately knows yr name and yr booking.
'Andrew' travelled Folkestone Calais with Eurotunnel on Le Shuttle
Reviewed 10 July 2014 by John
Nothing beats the engineering achievement and feeling of actually driving onto a train. However, try to go to the toilet before getting on because those on board are dismal. Also, the catering has deteriorated with there being only chains. I was most disappointed to see that Starbucks had taken over Brioche Dorée. In Coquelles side, there is a fantastic exibition on the making of the tunnel and a video that I did not have the time to watch in its entirety. Lastly, I am impressed that most of the staff are bilingual French and English (as am I), however, when making announcements, they should aim to speak more slowly and clearly - do not equate speed of speech with fluency. This applies to both your English and French native personnel. However, I go back to what it is I am actually doing: crossing the Channel in the longest train tunnel in the world. A marvellous achievement and experience and my wife doesn't get sea sick.
'John' travelled Folkestone Calais with Eurotunnel on Le Shuttle
"Trip to Calais & Return"
Reviewed 06 July 2014 by Michael
It was a most enjoyable experience traveling on the train rather than a ferry. Very easy process to book in and get on the train, friendly helpful staff. It seemed to take a lot less time than the predicted 35 minutes for the journey. I will travel this way again if I need to cross the channel.
'Michael' travelled Folkestone Calais with Eurotunnel on Le Shuttle
Reviewed 02 July 2014 by Anonymous
I took some nervous and worried parents to Paris on the euro tunnel and it's actually quicker and more effortless than taking the ferry which I did a lone a week before. It's such good value and even better in comforts. Only thing I wish they had was a better lounge arose or shopping area a little closer to the terminal. A cup of British tea before setting off would have been the icing on the cake!
'Anonymous' travelled Folkestone Calais with Eurotunnel on Le Shuttle
|Dover - Calais with DFDS Seaways - 10 Sailings Daily / 1 hour 30 minute crossing|
|Dover - Dunkirk with DFDS Seaways - 11 Sailings Daily / 2 hour crossing|
|Dover - Calais with P&O Ferries - 23 Sailings Daily / 1 hour 30 minute crossing|
|Dover - Calais with MyFerryLink - 8 Sailings Daily / 1 hour 30 minute crossing|
Folkestone is a coastal resort town in the Shepway district of Kent, England. It was a Norman stronghold on, or near the site of a Saxon fort and became known from its connection with the priory of St. Eanswythe. The name of the town of Folkestone its origin in the late 7th Century as 'Folcanstan', in all probablity referring to the ‘stone of Folca’, a common old English name. Viking raids were common to the area and left extensive damage to the settlements at Folkestone up until the 10th Century, and even after Edward the Confessor came to the throne in 1042, the village was again put to the torch by Earl Godwin of Wessex, after being exiled by the king. In about 1920 a landslip on the East Cliff at Folkestone revealed the remains of a large Roman villa complete with bathrooms and hypocausts, a courtyard with a mosaic floor and a kitchen with two fireplaces. The excavations were undertaken by Mr. S. E. Winbolt. The site was eventually recorded and covered over in 1957.
The origins of Calais are obscure. It was founded as a fishing village some time prior to the 10th century. In 997, it was improved by the Count of Flanders and fortified by the Count of Boulogne in 1224. It is less than 40km from England - the Channel's shortest crossing - and is the busiest French passenger port. In the last war the British destroyed it to prevent it being used as a base for a German invasion. The French still refer to it as "the most English town in France", an influence that began after the battle of Crécy in 1346, when Edward III seized it for use as a beachhead in the Hundred Years War. Calais divides in two: Calais-Nord, the old town rebuilt after the war, with the place d'Armes and rue Royale as its focus, is separated by canals from sprawling Calais-Sud, centred around the Hôtel de Ville and the main shopping streets, boulevards Lafayette and Jacquard - the latter named after the inventor of looms.