Travelling by Eurotunnel with a motorhome or a caravan is a straight forward process.
Once you have booked your Eurotunnel crossing, all you have to do is wait for the departure day! On arrival at the terminal at Folkestone, you can either use the self check in booths or a manned booth – we choose the one with the shortest queue. Once checked in, you will be a given a boarding card showing a letter of the alphabet. All you do then is look at the information screens which will show the anticipated boarding time for your chosen crossing. If you have time to spare, there is a small pet exercise area available, a terminal building with toilets etc, places to eat and a currency exchange.
When it is time for you to make your way to departure areas, you simply follow the sign for France. You will clear customs and then follow overhead gantry signage. Approaching the final waiting area, a member of staff will tell you which lane you need to wait in. Wait there for a little while, up pops the barrier, and again follow the overhead signage.
The train is divided into two sections – one half can take high vehicles such as caravans, coaches and motorhomes. The other portion of the train is for cars – this section has two “decks”.
Staff in the train will indicate where you should stop and they will usually chock your wheels.
The gas cylinders have to be switched off during the crossing, so we usually fill a flask whilst in the waiting area at Folkestone, and then once the train is underway, make a sandwich and a hot drink. By the time we have dined, we are in France.
Travelling by Eurotunnel with a motorhome or caravan? Save money!
If you are a Tesco shopper, or maybe have a Tesco credit card or mortgage, you are likely to have a Tesco Clubcard. Clubcard points can be used to pay for a Eurotunnel crossing. Have a read of our “how to” article about this – click here!