Routes to central Europe
You don't have to get from Britain to central Europe.
Why not cross the English Channel by boat, or go through the
Dover, on the south coast of England, is one of the world's busiest ports. Every day lots of ferries and high-speed catamarans called 'Sea cats' arrive and leave. It's a short trip across the English Channel to Calais and Dunkirk in France, or to Ostend and Zeebrugge in Belgium. A traditional ferry takes 90 minutes from Dover to Calais, but a catamaran is much faster and can make the same journey in 35 minutes.
If you don't like boats, why not go on a journey under the sea?
The Channel Tunnel is 50 km long and 40 meters below the seabed.
Getting from the port at Folkeston across to Coquelles near Calais is only 35-minute train journey through the tunnel.
It's more expensive than a ferry, but quicker and much more exciting. Thanks to the Channel Tunnel, it is now possible to spend the day in Paris shopping and sightseeing, and be back in London in time for dinner in the evening!
Since it opened in 1994, 57 million people and
12,000 cats and dogs have travelled through the Channel Tunnel.