CALAIS  
 

CALAIS , first European port for the exchanges with Great Britain - 14 million passengers/year

 

The cruises between England and France ...

 

Located along the busiest strait in the world with the international maritime traffic, Calais is the most important port of exchanges between the continent and Great Britain.

 




  Links with the port...  
THE MOTORWAYS :  the port of Calais is directly linked to the European motorway network. The A26 (Calais-Dijon) serves the center of France and the South without going through Paris. The A16 serves Benelux and Northern Europe.

THE RAILWAYS : The port of Calais is served by a very complete network of railways connected to the national network. With the high-speed trains (T.G.V. and Eurostar), you go to Paris and London in 1 hour and 30 minutes. 


  The story of the Channel Tunnel  

The idea of the building of a link between France and England dates back to Jules Cesar. But it was in 1994 when took place the first Channel crossing with Eurotunnel.

 

Today, there are up to 53 shuttles crossings a day between the terminals of Coquelles and Folkestone. The crossing takes 35 minutes. In 2006, 2 021 543 tourist vehicules and 67 201 buses used the shuttles Eurotunnel to cross the Channel;  7,9 million passengers travelled with the Eurostar (SNCF) which links Paris Nord station and Waterloo in London.



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