Channel Tunnel

Operators

Channel Tunnel Passenger Trains

If you don't need to take your car to France, then you need the Eurostar passenger service. Eurostar offer an excellent train service where you can board in the centre of London, and arrive in the centre of Paris or Brussels around 2 hours later.

The trains are comfortable and well equipped, with plenty of good food and drink available on board.

It's also possible to catch a Eurostar train from the international stations at Ebbsfleet or Ashford in Kent. Alternatively, it's possible to book a fare from your local mainline station all the way through to Paris and beyond. This means you can now buy a ticket from Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds - you name it - all the way to Paris or Brussels and beyond. Of course you will need to change trains (usually at St Pancras).

You can buy Eurostar tickets direct from the Eurostar web site.

Eurotunnel or Eurostar?

The Channel Tunnel operators seem to have lots of us confused as to what they offer and which operator we need. To put it simply:

Eurotunnel = Car

Eurotunnel operate the car trains. If you are travelling by car, you need to book a Eurotunnel. There are various travel operators who offer some great deals on Eurotunnel fares. The Eurotunnel car trains travel from Folkestone to Calais almost 24 hours a day.

Eurostar = Passenger

Eurostar operate the passenger service, not cars. The Eurostar trains run from the magnificent St Pancras international station in London (see the photos below), to the centre of Paris or Brussels. You can also catch a Eurostar train from Ebbsfleet or Ashford in Kent.

Channel Tunnel Operators

Eurostar | Eurotunnel