Best time to go through Eurotunnel.

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  1. GWG

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    Hi All. We will be travelling back through the Channel Tunnel on 10 Feb. Not wanting to get in any traffic jams, or queue of lorrys.
    What would be the quietest time to book a return, in the evening. I know the Website says 22.00 - 00.00. But are there normally still queue's at 19.00/20.00 in the week.
    Tried asking the booking person, but they didn't know, just referred me to the website.
    Anybody travelled early evening ? Any thoughts ?
    Thanks
    Graham
     
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    as we use shared frequent traveler scheme we can go out anytime after i think? 4.30'ish. back before 1.00 lunch time. It has always worked well for us. But! booking subject to availability, last year much more difficult then any time in the past as its getting oversubscribed..
     
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    We always cross back/book in heading to UK around 6am ( stay overnight local ) and to date not seen many other vehicles on the road. We have to call into the pet office and we are usually in and out in minutes.
     
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    We try to time it so the M25 morning rush hour or two has gone.
     
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    Firstly you won't need to worry about lorry queues, as they check in to a different area (freight service)

    Once you are booked onto a train, you have your spot and the amount of traffic "frogside" is not really your concern.

    The biggest problem, as others have alluded to is the UK side, particularly the M25. We always stay in France (cite Europe, Gravelines, etc etc) until the early hours and get a Sunday morning 7AM tunnel. This gets us in the UK at 6:35 Sunday morning, 3.5 hrs later we are at home in North Notts.
     
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    We use tunnel all the time at different times never had any big queues must be lucky or pick the right times.
     
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    Sunday is normally a good day, hardly any freight travelling because they're restricted in France anyway.
     
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    we normally go for around 10pm , that way when you get to the UK it is still 10pm then straight up north and home for around 2 / 3 am virtually
    no traffic ,
     
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    We tend to return to UK around 12 noon - usually the 11.50 am train as it's the latest train at the cheapest price, LOL! Easy to get to the tunnel from Bologne or Gravelines or that sort of distance.

    Denise
     
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    I'd do it early morning in daylight hours, that way any trouble makers/hitchhiker will hopefully still be asleep
     
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    Just take a look at the Eurotunnel website for the date you want to travel. They use 'fluid pricing', so you will get a strong indication of when the quietest time will be based on what they are charging (and of course you can select the lowest cost, if that's important).

    Like the Judge, we've been using the 'frequent traveller' scheme this last year, and it works very well. But in any case, we're reluctant to travel through the middle of the night - simply because we prefer to be asleep.

    Sunday morning is a good time to return, as others have suggested. The M25 is, as always, the main bugbear.
     
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