If you want the convenience of taking your own car and are looking for the shortest crossing, Eurotunnel is the fastest way to cross the Channel at just 35 minutes. There are up to three crossings per hour and checking in and boarding is easy.
We can arrange your Eurotunnel booking at the time of booking your holiday. Call our Customer Service team on 01825 748318.
Check-in is no later than 30 minutes before departure but no earlier than 2 hours before, using just your booking reference (and, of course, your passport!). Exit checks mean that you will need to submit API (Advance Passenger Information) beforehand, but this is easy to do online or over the phone with Eurotunnel – look out for an email about this a couple of months before you depart.
There are a number of cafés and shops at both ends of the Eurotunnel terminal and the terminal buildings have free wifi.
Taking the Eurostar is convenient, comfortable and the perfect way to enjoy a window into France. Choose either of two routes: via Paris, or the city of Lille. Both routes are serviced by Eurostar from London’s St Pancras station, Ebbsfleet or Ashford in Kent.
Eurostar via Lille: Changing at Lille station is easy and you’ll soon be on the high speed TGV service to Nantes.
Eurostar via Paris: You’ll need to take the Metro or a taxi from the Gare du Nord station to Montparnasse station to pick up your TGV service to Nantes.
Arriving at Nantes train station
On arrival at Nantes, you can either hire a car, or continue your journey by local train to St Gilles or Challans, from which the site is just a short taxi ride away. You could take a taxi from Nantes, but this would cost over €100.
If you want to take the train all the way to St Gilles, be sure to plan your journey using the Rail Europe website, setting ‘ST GILLES C DE VIE’ as the destination rather than Nantes.
Booking the Eurostar
You can book via the RailEurope website raileurope.co.uk. Wherever you book, rail tickets are not available more than 90 days before you travel.