The idea of a road tunnel between England and France was first suggested to Napoleon in 1802. It was not until nearly two centuries later that the dream became reality when digging began on the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel". The Chunnel, was officially opened by President Mitterand of France and HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England, in 1994.
The tunnel consists of 3 interconnected tubes: with 1 rail track each way plus 1 service tunnel. Its total length is 31 miles, of which 23 miles are underwater. Its average depth is 150 feet under the seabed floor.
Passengers enter the train from either Folkstone, England, UK or just southwest of Calais, France; depending upon which way they are traveling. The trip takes between 35 to 40 minutes.
We were first there in August of 1999.
To go from London, England to Calais, France or visa versa would give you an option of flying into two different international airports
You could use a London, England UK airport; or a Brussels (Bruxelles), Belgium airport.
There is the Calais Airport, otherwise known as Calais-Dunkerque Airport, located 7Km east of Calais center, on the north east coast. But it does not serve international traffic.
The London Heathrow Airport or Heathrow (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is the world's busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic. It is the world's second busiest airport in total passenger traffic and the United Kingdom's largest and busiest airport.
Heathrow is only one of six airports serving the London area, along with Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend and City although only Heathrow and City Airports are located within Greater London.
There are numerous hotels in the London area.
There are several Guided Tour Agencies offering standard city, and historical tours of London and the surrounding area.
Getting to Brussels (Bruxelles), Belgium:
The Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU, ICAO: EBBR) (also called Brussel Nationaal/Bruxelles-National (Brussels National)) is the international airport located in Zaventem, 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) northeast of Brussels, Belgium.
There are numerous flights into Brussels, Belgium and numerous hotels in Brussels and the Brussels area.
There are several Guided Tour Agencies offering standard city, and historical tours of Brussels and the surrounding area.
After arranging your flight we would suggest getting your hotel and then letting them arrange tours of the area for you. If you call the hotels Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.
We do this all the time. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem doing it this way!
We have links to Priceline.com on our page so that you can arrange your flight and hotel in London or Brussels and the Brussels area.
Special Note - To Arrange Tours:
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We have placed links to viator.com on this page you can find many special tours in England, or France.
|Folkstone UK, Near The Tunnel||Paying The Entrance Fee At Dover|
We Will Get Off 31 Miles Later
At Calais FR
After Going Under The Channel!
|Waiting Area For The Train||Driving Onto The Train|
|Follow The Lead Bus||Keep Moving|
|Don't Stop!||Keep Moving!|
|Pull All The Way In||One Bus After The Next|
|Pressurized Doors||We Don't Have To Stay On The Bus|
|Hope These Europeans Like|
"Orange Blossem Special"
It's The Only Train Song I Know!
|The Whole Trip Takes|
About 35 Minutes
Under The Channel