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There are 7 ways to get from London to Calais by train, car, car ferry, bus and ferry, bus, rideshare or car train

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Train  •  3h

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Lille Europe Eil
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais Ville Tgv

115€ - 375€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2h 54m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Calais 152.6 km

8€ - 25€

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Drive, car ferry  •  4h 6m

  1. Drive from London to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais

35€ - 50€

Train, car ferry  •  5h 38m

  1. Take the train from London Charing Cross to Dover Priory
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais

63€ - 101€

Bus and ferry, train  •  5h 57m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London to Lille
  2. Take the train from Lille Europe to Calais Ville Tgv

37€ - 52€

Bus, car ferry  •  7h 13m

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Dover National Express
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais

82€ - 109€

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  1h 57m

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun

166€ - 172€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Calais is 800 130 000.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London to Calais is to rideshare which costs £7 - £21 and takes 2h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Calais is to drive and Eurotunnel which costs £140 - £150 and takes 1h 57m.

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No, there is no direct train from London to Calais. However, there are services departing from London St Pancras Eurostar and arriving at Calais Ville via Lille Europe. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h.

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The distance between London and Calais is 151 km.

The best way to get from London to Calais without a car is to train which takes 3h and costs £95 - £330.

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It takes approximately 3h to get from London to Calais, including transfers.

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London to Calais train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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Calais is 1h ahead of London. It is currently 8:00 AM in London and 9:00 AM in Calais.

London to Calais train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Calais Ville station.

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There are 82+ hotels available in Calais. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Map of how to get from London to Calais.
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  • Distance: 151.3 km
  • Duration: 3h

What companies run services between London, England and Calais, France?

You can take a train from London King's Cross to Calais via Lille Europe in around 3h.

Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lille Europe to Calais Ville
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
33€ - 38€
1st Class
28€ - 33€
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
153€
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Lille
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Dover
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
National Express
Ferry operators
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Calais
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 25€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between London and Calais. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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