EuroTunel Booking

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  1. Slackhouse

    Slackhouse Funster

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    Hi - We are planning our French trip and intend to use the tunnel. Is it possible to book a flexible return ticket and if so does it cost a lot more.

    What leeway have you on departure times if booked?

    Pete
     
  2. PenelopePitstop

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    Not sure but I don't think you save anything by getting a return rather than 2 singles.

    We always book singles as we never know our return date until the last minute!:Eeek:

    We've always got an earlier train than the one we're booked on too!
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    You can arrive and park up for a max of TWO hours, any earlier and you will be turned away. That happened to us.

    During peak periods there is no lea-way .. if you arrive late you may have to wait for a space on the next available train and be asked to pay £30 ..

    If you arrive early and want an earlier train they may also ask for £30 ..

    read the T&Cs on the euro tunnel site

    never bought a return as we never knew when we would return.
     
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    Toffs-G Read Only Funster

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    Recently when we had to return due to my father passing away we had only been away 5 days of just over a 2 week trip, we arrived expecting to have problems but just went to the auto check in and were put on the next train no charge but then I believe it is dependent on how much you paid for tour booked leg and what the cost is for the time you are travelling

    Cheers
    Gary
     
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    We always use Eurotunnel and we have never had any trouble catching an earlier train and have never been asked to pay. When you go to check-in you may be given alternative time trains and can choose which one you want. Flexible tickets are available but are more expensive.
     
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    Eurotunnel Ticket Terms and Conditions

    http://www.eurotunnel.com/ukcP3Main/ukcPassengers/ukcCompany/ukcTermsAndConditions/


    the important bit, standard ticket

    1.3 Check-In time

    You must Check-In at least 30 minutes (but not more than 2 hours) before your booked departure time on both the outward and inward legs of your journey.

    1.4 Exchangeable on or after day of travel

    If you arrive at Check-In after this time (see above) your booking is no longer valid. However it may be possible to exchange your booking for the next available departure subject to the following conditions. A charge may apply.
     
  7. slobadoberbob

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    we have managed to get an earlier journey

    We always book a return well in advance via the CCC to get the 10% discount. We of course have an American RV and a trailer plus a dog. We aim for the end of the day and arrive just about the two hours before departure time and normally get on an earlier one free. But at peak times we have had to wait for the time we booked for.

    On the return it is a bit harder to work out as we have a dog an d have to go to pet control to get clearance, but it is a fairly big car park and we can hold there once we have done the paperwork.. then it is 2 minutes to the tunnel.. again we have normally been offered several earlier trains back (never asked to pay more).

    If I recall on the paperwork it tells you not to rush to get the train, they will get you on a train within 2 hours if you miss your departure. (save people going mad to get to the tunnel).

    If to early you can always go round the back of Citieuope or go in to Calais and park in the big dockside truck park where they park up for shipping.. no one has ever stopped us and there are no gates.

    Bob:thumb:
     
  8. weejohnw

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    whoof whoof

    Hi Folks, thanks so far for the comments on Eurotunnel, we are planning to book for later in the year with our Tesco vouchers, first time using both.

    We are planning to take our dog with us (Boxer),
    is the vet at the France end actually part of the Eurotunnel operation ?
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    do you have to search out a vet yourself and get the proper paperwork completed?
    Hope someone can help, thanks
    Regards Weejohnw
     
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    You must find your own vet in France. Expect to pay approx 40 Euros. Most understand what you need just by producing the Pet Passport, so don't worry if you cannot converse easily. Perhaps print off a few requests which I think may be available on the DEFRA website.

    Steve
     
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    You find your own vet and the dog has to be seen by the vet 24hrs before sailing/using the tunnel for worm and tic treatment, which the vet will put in the pet passport with a date and time stamp, he should also check the microchip. I have found that vets which are more inland from the ports are cheaper than vets near the port for this treatment.Most vets will use the tablets and tic/flea treatment you provide if you take it with you.
    Do make sure your rabies jab for the dog is up to date and if it is due when you are away have it done before you go as its one of those that you can be early with but not late with even by a day.

    Be late with it and you have to start the whole process again with jabs and blood tests and waiting the 6mths before traveling back and forth
     
  11. BobT

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    Hi Pete,
    Your vet's visit has to be between 24 & 48 hours before your ferry. You will need to find your own vet, but the nearer you get to Calais the more expensive it becomes. It's easy to find a vet in whatever town you're in by using the internet.

    BobT
     
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    Hi Folks, thanks for the information. Nice to have this forum.
    I hadn't realised it takes six months to complete the process, so will get started right away.
    Regards to all, Weejohnw
     

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