This is NOT a sponsored post
I simply love the Eurotunnel Shuttle for the convenience and the comfort. I’ve used it since the opening service started back in 1990, and never stopped since (I also use the Eurostar). The Shuttle is a 35-minute train service that runs across (below) the English Channel, between Calais in France and Folkestone in England. It takes cars, trucks, coaches, and motorbikes. More info and photos on Wikipedia.
Unless you suffer from severe claustrophobia (it takes some courage the first time to accept the idea of staying under the sea for about 30 minutes, in a fairly confined environment), I see all sorts of advantages, provided that you are prepared to drive all the way to Calais and then to drive on the left in England.
- I’m easily sea-sick, so being driven under the sea is a very compelling proposition for me.
- My destination for the past 2 years has been a town about 20-30 minutes from the coast on the English side, so the Eurotunnel was the best choice for me.
- Yesterday, I was able to load my car with tons of luggage and stuff, books, etc. that you cannot take on the train.
- The Shuttle offers some flexibility. If you are delayed driving to the Tunnel, or on the contrary planned more time than was really needed, you can get onto an earlier or a later train, most of the time without paying any extra money, within 2 hours of your scheduled departure. You just get yourself to the check-in machine, and pick your time.
For the first time since it started operations, Eurotunnel didn’t lose any money last year. Unfortunately, many small investors who invested in the IPO are likely never to recoup their losses.