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      06.09.2012 21:37

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      Fast and speedy service - compared to a ferry. However, sometimes the queues for customs are very long (30 minutes).But beware of the frequent traveller pass. They give the impression that you just pay a supplement on peak times, but they only make a limited number of tickets available for frequent traveller pas holders - so you may find yourself being forced to pay the regular price on the most popular slots (i.e. when you actually want to use it)

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      06.01.2012 23:44
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      brilliant mode of transport; my favourite means on international travel

      I recently used the euro tunnel for the first time and have to say that it is by far my favourite form of transport. It was so well organised and for virtually the same price as travelling by ferry. Obviously this method of transport is smooth regardless of the outdoor elements experienced at sea. I cannot say that one thing in particular impressed me; it was just the experience as a whole. From when you first arrive, we were there on our outbound journey about 1 hour early so had to wait around for a little bit before we could drive around to the boarding area, this was not a problem though as there were nice places to eat and a nice big shop to look around, (luckily as I realised I needed high vis jackets for driving through Germany legally). Once through to the boarding area after about a 10 minute wait of sat in a row of cars you proceed through to your train and just drive straight onto it which is a bit of a surreal experience, then about 45 minutes after driving onto the train we were driving off of it straight out onto the French roads. You do get a few reminders though that you need to drive on the wrong side of the road there, (ie the right side of the road).

      On the return leg of the journey however we were pleasantly surprised (which is very nice when you have been driving for 19 hours) when we turned up 2 and a half hours before our train was due to depart that we got the choice of getting onto a train up to 2 hours before the one we booked and I believe that they do the same for you up to 2 hours after you booked train so no panic or speeding if you are running a little late. This I feel is great especially on the way home if you are travelling a long way like we did it can be difficult to plan ahead for how long your journey will take you to reach the terminal.

      Overall I found Eurotunnel the most stress free, well organised and efficient method of international transport I have used. The only negative is that it will only take you as far as Calais. Will definitely use it again and would recommend for anyone travelling to france and wanting a rental car, just drive you own instead.

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      14.09.2009 00:39
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      Unless you are seriously skint, take the Eurotunnel

      I have to be feeling seriously under pressure to book another form of transport between Dover and Calais. Now, I am not particularly flush with cash, but there are so many advantage to using the eurotunnel...

      Firstly, you don't need to worry about the weather. Dover to Calais may not take long on a ferry, but if you are feeling seasick, it may feel like an eternity. Or it may simply take an eternity due to strike action (vive la France).

      Even if the weather is calm and industrial relations fine, the Eurotunnel is your quickest and smoothest option. If you have booked with a bank or credit card their clever number plate recognition system works out who you are (that is customer service for you) and you simply click a button or two, and you are through to customs. Assuming they are in a good mood you will be queuing up for you space on the train Eurotunnel shuttle in no time, for a crossing in about 30 minutes.

      OK, the views are better from the ferry, but they aren't that exciting. If you have a pet, he or she will thank you for the smooth ride, and being able to stay next to you during the crossing.

      Maybe a little more pricey from the ferries. But take it from a lady who loves discount supermarkets and her allotment, the Eurotunnel is worth a few extra pounds.

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        30.09.2008 17:01

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        Good form of travel but if you travel with a trailer on your car they only Double the price of the fare However if you put a trailer on your motorcycle they TREBEL the price.Is this FAIR

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        25.11.2007 01:46
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        One of the seven wonders of the moedrn world.

        Well... what can I say about Eurotunnel? What an amazing mode of transport. Recently voted one of the seven wonders of the modern world, it has spectacular consumer care.
        What there is to know about Eurotunnel?

        Ticket Prices:
        Day's trip/Day overnighter tickets from £22 each way (DT)

        T&C's of this ticket type.
        Non refundable, only valid for the booked date and time. You don't travel then you have 24 hours after you booked departure time to amend it. These tickets are valid for one year so if you can't travel then you can amend them upto one calendar year from date of booking. If there is a difference in the ticket price then you will have to pay that as your amendment fee!

        Trips 2-5 days from £39 each way. (SBS - Short Break Saver)
        T&C's of this ticket type.

        Non refundable, only valid for the booked date and time. You don't travel then you have 24 hours after you booked departure time to amend it. After this time they will be invalid. These tickets are valid for one year so if you can't travel then you can amend them upto one calendar year from date of booking. once you traveled out on the ticket, you can extend you journey upto the maximum of midnight on the 5 calendar day if you need more time but after this if you haven't travelled back or amended then the ticket will expire and you will need to purchase a new one for returning. If there is a difference in the ticket price then you will have to pay that as your amendment fee!

        Trips 5day+ from £49 each way

        T&C's for this ticket:
        Non refundable, only valid for the booked date and time. If you don't travel then you have 24 hours after you booked departure time to amend it. After this time they will be invalid. These tickets are valid for one year so if you can't travel then you can amend them upto one calendar year from date of booking. If there is a difference in the ticket price then you will have to pay that as your amendment fee!


        2-5 day first class £149 each way (Short Break Flexiplus)
        T&C's for this ticket

        Fully refundable, non amendments fees. Valid for one year from date of booking. You don't need to stick to the times and dates chosen as you can travel whenever you like within one year. Whatever day you decide to travel, you have 5 calendar days from that date to return. You get priority boarding for whichever train you turned up for and if you vehicle is under 1.85metres in height you can also use the flexiplus lounge and have FREE light meals and soft drinks and a newspaper for all people travelling.
        5+ first class £199 each way (Longstay Flexiplus)

        T&C's for this ticket:
        Fully refundable, non amendments fees. Valid for one year from date of booking. You don't need to stick to the times and dates chosen as you can travel whenever you like within one year. You get priority boarding for whichever train you turned up for and if you vehicle is under 1.85metres in height you can also use the flexiplus lounge and have FREE light meals and soft drinks and a newspaper for all people travelling.


        *PLEASE NOTE*
        Price's start from these prices. Ticket increase is driven by demand. As the availability decreases, the prices increase. Then on the day there full ticket price of...

        Day trip/Day overnighter tickets £78 each way
        Trips 2-5 days £100 each way
        Trips 5day+ £161 each way
        2-5 day first class £149 each way
        5+ first class £199 each way
        All T&C's are still applicable to Turn up and Go bookings.

        ... My idea, Book in advance!! The further in advance you book, the more chance of grabbing yourself a deal. Try not to leave you amendments close to the date and time of travelling as they could be a high price to pay!

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        Frequent Traveller:

        Travel alot to the continent?
        Buy 20 return day/day overnighter tickets for £500 and they last for 1year

        £500 you pay for the account if non refundable. You can travel out when ever you like and back either the same day of the day after. There are no supplement fees to pay and no amendment fees. These accounts are for the account holders only. If I friend family of relative wants to travel, then the account holder must travel with them.
        If you use up all of your allowance this is how much you can save!

        Minimum: £380 per 40 single tickets
        Maximum £2620 per 40 single tickets

        Buy 10 trip on the Frequent Traveller for travels longer then 2days for £390 these also last for one year.

        T&C's of this account;
        Open and valid for one year form date of opening.
        £390 is non refundable
        Supplements are to be paid for vehicles other then cars, vans and motorcycles

        There are peak times and off peak times. At peak times you pay a supplement of £20 and on busier days £30 each way.
        Off Peak time to travel at no extra cost is
        Folkestone to Calais between 1600 - 0559
        Calais to Folkestone 0000 - 1359
        These accounts are for the account holders only. If I friend family of relative wants to travel, then the account holder must travel with them.
        These tickets are fully refundable before travel and any supplement or peak pay will go back to card it was charged from.

        If you use up fore account look how much you can save!
        Minimum £100 per 10 single tickets
        Maximum £1220 per 10 single tickets

        If you want to travel in class, you can get a FlexiPlus Account. 10 trips for £1190.
        T&C's for these Accounts

        Fully refundable, non amendments fees. Valid for one year from date of booking. You don't need to stick to the times and dates chosen as you can travel whenever you like within one year. You get priority boarding for whichever train you turned up for and if you vehicle is under 1.85metres in height you can also use the flexiplus lounge and have FREE light meals and soft drinks and a newspaper for all people travelling.
        Look how much you can save if you use up all of you allowance!!

        Minimum £390 per 10 single tickets
        Maximum £890 per 10 single tickets
        All of these frequent Traveller account must buy the minimum but you can have more at the time of opening. Once they have been paid for, you cannot add on anymore and must wait for either the account is used up or expires

        Day Traveller accounts can only be opened by Sales Support but the other can be opened online of via the Contact Centre on 08705353535.

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        What about Disabled users;
        Prices are the same for disabled users. They do have priority boarding for safety reasons and they must arrive an hour before check-in to ensure they get onto the train with comfort.

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        Insurance:

        Need Travel Insurance or European breakdown cover?
        Try and beat Eurotunnel. It would be hard.
        Motor breakdown provided by the AA and travel insurance by Mondial Assistance. All you have to do is to have a booking with us to be eligible. Eurotunnel also do Annual insurances which you only need to travel once with them for a year and you can travel with whoever else you like to be eligible. And trust me, they have it covered.... 'Xcuse the pun :P
        Green cards, these do not cover you for Europe. They reduce to third party fire and theft. You can however get a day's European breakdown cover from Eurotunnel at a discounted price by the AA at £8.99 and a days travelling insurance per person for £6.00
        It is more advisable to buy the All-in-one which can cover your vehicle and upto 8 passengers for £12.99 for the day
        Our single trip insurance can cover people upto the age of 99!
        Annual covers are you passengers upto the age of 70.

        What does the European Motor Breakdown cover you for?
        Well the main things are for
        Vehicle recovery back to the UK upto the current market value
        Roadside assistance and emergency repairs
        Break-in - Emergency Repairs
        Car Hire - 7days in advance
        Alternative travel arrangements' if you would to carry on your journey but have no other means (rail fare, taxi or economy air fares at a total limit of £750 or Car hire for £75 per day)
        Emergency accommodation (limit of £400)
        Legal Protection

        What about Travel Insurance??
        Mains thing's it covers is;
        Medical expenses upto £10 Million
        Personal Liability
        Missed Departure
        Departure Delays
        Legal Protection

        And more!
        Going skiing soon? Book you holiday in advance and you can also get special skiing insurance packages with Eurotunnel!

        Need a quote? Phone 08705353535. This is the contact centre number for reservations and quotes.

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        Pets:

        You only pay for dogs, cats and ferrets as these are the only pets that need to be checked for ticks and worms due to them possibly being able to bring rabies to the UK. If you take pets, you only pay for them returning not for the outward leg and you need to have the pet ticked and wormed a minimum of 24 hours before check-n and a maximum of 48hours before check-in.

        Guide dogs travel FREE.
        Any other pet can travel and no extra costs... including crocodile and Elephants! (;>)

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        Where to go and Check-In:
        Euro tunnel's dedicated turn off is Junction 11a of the M20. As you come off this junction, you come into the self check-in machines which you check yourself in and save alot of time fussing around. There are manned booths as well for people's convenience.

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        When do they run?:

        They have trains running every 20past and 10 to the hour every day, 24 hours a day. On busier days they would have even more! Upto 5times an hour.
        Each journey lasts 35mins from Folkestone - Calais.
        Eurotunnel can only have cancellations if the platforms for where the cars get on are too icy or heavy snow has fallen. In extreme rare cases are any of the shuttles aborted.

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        What's in the terminals?

        Folkestone:

        AA
        BarO8
        Burger King
        Coffee Primo
        Dixons
        Eat In
        en>route
        Glorious Britain
        The Perfume House
        Travelex
        WHSmith
        Zinq

        In France
        Beauty Unlimited
        Bijoux Terner
        Brioche Dorée
        Caffè del Arte
        Euroshop
        Quick
        Relay - Découvrir la France

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        Do they do Hotel packages or Co-incidence with Disneyland?

        No they do not do deal packages unfortunately however you can view special offers on their website for information.

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        Who Do I Contact?

        Their reservation number is 08705 353535 for queries, reservations & quotes.

        They do not have a telephone number for complaints and all complaints must have written by port or email to their customer relations dept.
        If you would like to make block bookings for more then 5vehicles, the sales support team can help you with that.

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        From what ive experienced of the whole checking-in, going into the terminal, going on to the train and then getting off is thats its all a very smooth process, except for the train journey. Its very bumpy. You can see if your cars suspension working well or not. Its nothing to worry about though as they wouldnt let you go on if it werent.

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        Now because I work there, some people could think my reviews a bit biased but everyone is entitled the their opinion and I hope it this makes your minds wonder who you'll travel with next when you would like to take your vehicle abroad whether it be car, mpv, motorcycle, campervan, minibus, van, coach or freight.
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