Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal is the UK departure point for Channel Tunnel trains to Calais in France. With an average journey time of just 40 minutes, taking the Eurotunnel train from Folkestone is the quickest route across the Channel.
Catch a crossing to Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal:
- Calais to Folkestone (Eurotunnel)
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal Map and Directions
Address: Eurotunnel UK Terminal, Ashford Road, Folkestone, CT18 8XX, United Kingdom.
The Folkestone Terminal is well indicated from the motorway. Exit at junction 11A of the M20 straight to the check-in booths.
Trains run daily from Dover to Folkestone.
National Express run services to Folkestone from all over the UK via London. Trains run on a regular basis from London Charing Cross to Folkestone.
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal Facilities
There are several cafés and fast food outlets located inside the terminal including Starbucks which is open 24 hrs.
Bureau de Change
A Travelex outlet is available at the terminal.
Terminal Buildings are on one level, with parking spaces nearby for cars displaying the disabled badge. There is easy access to the shops, the Food Village, toilets and low-level telephone booths.
Terminal Opening Hours
24 Hours (not all services will be available).
A tourist information centre can be found inside the terminal building.
Parking at Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
As most passengers take their vehicles on the Eurotunnel at Folkestone, there is only some limited parking available at the terminal. A number of larger secure long term Park & Ride facilities are situated nearby.
Port information is provided by Eurodrive for guidance only.
More About Folkestone
At the end of the 19th century Folkestone was one of the main seaside resorts of southern England, thanks to the coming of the railways and the advent of cross channel ferry services. Numerous Victorian buildings and period architecture, wide leafy avenues and sweeping promenade are testament to this. Folkestone as a port fell into decline and eventual closure as cross channel ferry services suffered severe competition from neighbouring port Dover. During the 1980's and 90's construction of the Channel Tunnel provided employment for many, and continues to do so. The Channel Tunnel, also known as Chunnel or le tunnel sous la Manche, is operated by Eurotunnel, and is 50 km long of which 39 km are undersea. It connects Folkestone in Kent, England with Sangatte in northern France. Rail services carry vehicles as well as passengers and freight. The Tunnel was a long-standing project that saw several false starts - for more history, click here for Eurotunnel. Since Eurotunnel introduced the Folkestone to Calais Channel Tunnel route in 1994 and added a new dimension to cross channel travel, it has become a favourite and some 2.3 million motorists travelled in 2003 alone. The journey from Folkestone to Calais takes just 35 minutes. The Tunnel Passenger Terminal Building has all the modern facilities you would expect including information and tourist information Centres, wide selection of High Street shops, fast food restaurant, toilets, telephones, rest area, etc.
Folkestone History. The history of Folkestone began well before written records. Ruins excavated in 1924 revealed buildings that date prior to the Roman conquest of 43 AD. Also excavated were the ruins of a Roman villa dating from 100AD. Unlike her neighbours Dover and Lympne, Folkestone was not blessed with a river or deep water anchorage for large ships and was therefore not suitable as a major port. Instead the Romans viewed Folkestone as a strategic lookout and signalling post and built a minor base in the area known as East Wear Bay. It is believed that Romans remained in the area until the Roman withdrawal in 368 AD. By 1066, the time of the next great invasion, Folkestone was a mere hamlet occupied by fishermen and farm workers. In the following centuries, Folkestone became increasingly important for its fishing and later smuggling. Folkestone suffered severe damage in WW1 and only 20 years after the town was transformed, it again faced enemy activity. The rebuilding of Folkestone after the WWII was the birth of the modern town.
Folkestone Town Centre. Folkestone today is a town with sandy beaches, colourful gardens and charming people. Take a stroll down Folkestone's wide leafy avenues with cinnamon brick buildings, period architecture and Georgian stone columns. You can not miss the picturesque old High Street, working harbour, wide sweeping promenade with outstanding views, bandstand set amongst breathtaking flower arrangements and hosting regular outdoor concerts; a fine selection of restaurants, cafes, bistros, pubs, and old taverns. For those wanting to keep fit, there is a myriad of sports - golf, windsurfing, skiing, sailing, badminton, volleyball, soccer, rugby, tennis, fishing, cricket, bowls, basketball, aerobics, karate, weight-training, swimming and cycling. There is a sports centre, swimming pool, bowling, ski centre and golf club. Charles Dickens said of Folkestone: "One of the prettiest watering places on the south coast. The situation is delightful, the air is delicious, and the breezy hills and downs, carpeted with wild thyme and decorated with millions of wild flowers are, on the faith of a pedestrian, perfect".
You should not miss Folkestone Museum with Folkestone's history on film, special exhibitions programme and hands on activities for children; Samphire Hoe: totally new area of land created from the EuroTunnel spoil at the base of Shakespeare Cliffs between Folkestone and Dover; Lower Leas Coastal Park: has had extensive works carried out to restore and develop the site which now includes the a cycle route (part of the Sustrans National Cycle Route), an amphitheatre and a large children's play area; Elham Valley Railway Museum: Local history, artifacts and memorabilia of the golden age of rail, pleasant gardens, ducks, doves and trains; Mcfarlane's Butterfly Centre: colourful butterflies from all over the world, flying free in their natural habitat of tropical greenhouse garden.
For more information, see the Folkestone website.