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Old 10-25-2013, 11:04 PM   #1
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Has anyone taken the Chunnel?

I booked a ticket from Calais to Folkestone, plan to take the ferry back.

Any comments or tips?
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:25 PM   #2
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Follow the right lane signs and stay off the centre strip on the train; one guy lost his toes! Other than that, it works well and I much prefer it to the ferry.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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Interesting.... but no much to see

I was fun.... kinda, a must do for the experience'

But given time, the ferry is a better trip

Just my 2, everyone is different

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Old 10-26-2013, 06:13 AM   #4
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I've crossed the channel in just about every way possible. To me it's a case of a day trip use the tunnel. More than a day trip book the ferry, cheaper. And do it on line.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:07 AM   #5
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I've crossed the channel in just about every way possible. To me it's a case of a day trip use the tunnel. More than a day trip book the ferry, cheaper. And do it on line.
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I just tried to both Chunnel and ferry. Ferry £43 day return, Chunnel £30 and booked online. Significantly faster too. What's not to like?
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:01 AM   #6
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Is that with a bike or what? Bike for me inter net booking return £14. Tunnel as you said £30. And the price climes the longer you stay out on the tunnel. Use the ferry book a single, still £14 and then stay as long as you want. Book another single back.
Any way I find the ferry cheaper, and easer to use.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:38 AM   #7
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...and stay off the centre strip on the train; one guy lost his toes!
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:31 AM   #8
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As someone who suffers from seasickness, the Eurotunnel was a godsend. I commuted
between Belgium and the UK for a dozen years, typically using the Eurotunnel twice a
month. When you go on a bike you often end up with a carriage to yourself or to share
with other bikes. The crossing only takes about 35 mins, and on a good day you turn up,
and cruise straight through onto the train. Christmas / New Year etc when its busy you can end up waiting for hours though. But for me in terms of convenience the Eurotunnel wins hands down.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:39 PM   #9
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Heavy, cruiser-style bike hit the thin metal plate that runs down the centre of the train, plate buckled and one end flexed up and caught his foot between upper and sole …
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:50 PM   #10
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I crossed from Dover to Calais in the Chunnel after the ferry tried to screw me. The ferry wanted over 100 quid and when I explained I came over from France for around 50 on a ferry they said take it or leave it. So I left it and used the Chunnel. No booking, no hassle, a lot cheaper, I chatted with a couple of friendly bikers during the trip, and it was over in a flash.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:35 PM   #11
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I crossed from Dover to Calais in the Chunnel after the ferry tried to screw me. The ferry wanted over 100 quid and when I explained I came over from France for around 50 on a ferry they said take it or leave it. So I left it and used the Chunnel. No booking, no hassle, a lot cheaper, I chatted with a couple of friendly bikers during the trip, and it was over in a flash.
They are all doing that kind of trick. If you can get on the net, you'll get a lot better deal.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:55 AM   #12
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:18 AM   #13
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Chunnel

Hi there.
I've always used the ferries when i go from the Uk to Europe. Maybe 50 times in the last 10 years.
I rode across Russia last year and on the spur of the mment took the chunnel when i got to Calais.
I should have done it years ago. It's no more expensive than the ferries and you don't get screwed around in the port for an hour before and half an hour after the voyage.
|It is SILKY smooth to the point you don't even secure your bike...just pop it on the side stand and it doesn't move at all in the 25 minute crossing.
I've been across 4 times since and honestly wouldn't consider the ferry now.
Downside? If you want to go south when you hit France it drops you about an hour and a bit north of where you'd get to on the ferry...Dieppe, Caen or le Havre.
Hope that helps.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:11 AM   #14
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How are you getting these lower prices, whenever i try to book its double as expensive as the Dunkirk - Dover ferry. I went for 30 euro return last year while cheapest return was 76 pounds on the train.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:44 AM   #15
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i've been crossing for years too, at least 100 times by now,

- daytrip: eurotunnel is cheap and fast
- more than 24 hours between go and return...boat. a LOT cheaper. you have P&O and DFDS now, that's it.

mind you, if the tunnel would be more affordable, i would never take a boat again, agonizingly slow.

I used to book 24hr two-way tickets for the tunnel, and not use the return ticket, because it was so cheap. but their website now states that this is 'illegal' so i don't do that anymore.
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