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Train Travel Folkestone–Calais


Eurotunnel’s fast,smooth and frequent service operates 24 hours a day,365 days a year.With up to three departures an hour at peak times fromFolkestone and a crossing time of just 35minutes platformto platform(45minutes at night), it’s the quickest way to cross the Channel. Folkestone is easily accessed fromtheM20 at Junction 11a and on arrival in France, drive straight onto the A16 Autoroute with connections to all parts of Europe. Boarding is straightforward – just follow directions and drive on then you can relax in your vehicle or stretch your legs.


Eurotunnel From £53 each way Book now


www.vintagetravel.co.uk/ eurotunnel


Whilst all of our destinations in Spain, the Balearics and Portugal are easily reached by flights fromthe UK, a growing number of travellers are considering the alternative of train travel.Compared against flights, the train hasmany advantages:


• 30minute check in for Eurostar’s London departures • Transfer to high speed train in Paris is straightforward • Depart fromand arrive in a city centre (not an airportmiles away)


• Comfortable, spacious train carriages that you canmove around in,or couchettes when you travel overnight


• Unrestricted luggage allowances (but remember you have to carry it!) and no risk of your suitcase ending up somewhere else without you


Eurotunnel’s Standard Fare gives the best value when booking well in advance,or for travel at less busy times.Whilst only valid for the booked departure time you can, at no extra charge, transfer to a space on the next available shuttle if you arrive at check-in within 2 hours of your booked departure time.Standard fare is non refundable and amendments are subject to conditions and charges.


Alternatively,upgrade to FlexiPlus, the premiumtravel service,where you can enjoy priority check-in and boarding, pick up a complimentary lightmeal and use the FlexiPlus Lounge.With this fare, you can alter your departure date or time, without charge, if your travel plans change.FlexiPlus fare is fully refundable and amendments are free of charge, subject to availability.Standard and FlexiPlus fares can be combined tomake a return booking.


Standard fare (one way) For a vehicle and up to 8 passengers,one-way fares are from£53. Please telephone us andwewill be happy to quote for your chosen dates,or followthe link on ourwebsite:www.vintagetravel.co.uk/eurotunnel.


• Choice of first or second class • Fares generally compare well with flight costs • Children under 4 years of age go free • On-board café/bar for snacks and drinks


• Enjoy the passing scenery as you travel (or sleep your way through France overnight in a comfortable couchette compartment)


• Reduced carbon footprint


Like airline tickets, the best prices are to be had as soon as they go on sale,usually 90 days before the date of travel.Theremay be several different combinations of route (for example, via Paris or viaMadrid) and it can be worthwhile comparing fares for both the combined route and for each sector separately.


Some example routes


For our properties in Catalunya: Travel to Paris by Eurostar, cross the city to Gare d’Austerlitz for the departure of the overnight train (trainhotel), arriving nextmorning, at Girona (06.54),or Barcelona (08.24).The journey can be done in daytime,going viaMontpellier in France: train connections are usually punctual and rapid but it doesmean a full 12 hours travelling.


For our properties in Mallorca and Menorca: As above to Barcelona then opt for either the overnight ship to Palma or daytime catamaran with a crossing time of just under 4 hours.ForMenorca,outbound journey by ship is overnight, inbound is daytime, taking around 8 hours.


For our properties in Andalucía: Take the Eurostar to Paris, transfer to Gare d’Austerlitz to catch the overnight trainhotel toMadrid, arriving just after 9amnextmorning.Fromthere it is a two hour journey on the high speed‘AVE’ train to Córdoba or Seville,or 2½ hours to Málaga.


If you wish to travel by train,Vintage Travel recommends the following websites:


www.seat61.comis a good general guide to routes, train times,how to get the best fares, and with links to: • www.eurostar.comwww.eurodestination.com/european-rail-travel.htmlwww.raileurope.co.ukwww.voyages-sncf.comwww.tgv-europe.comwww.renfe.eswww.spanish-rail.co.ukwww.cp.ptwww.trasmediterranea.eswww.southernferries.comwww.iscomar.com


(Please note:These websites usually have an English language section.)


Don’t forget to book your hire car,whichwe can arrange at the appropriate railway station or ferry port, ready to pick up.


186 Check availability, view more photographs and book online at www.vintagetravel.co.uk


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