Today I drove from Germany to England via the Euro Tunnel. I’m moving to England and work picked up the bill for the Euro Tunnel and approved the FlexiPlus ticket for me & my car to get to the UK. The Felix Plus ticket provides complete flexibility it and has a few extra perks;
- Turn up at anytime and board the next train
- Dedicated check-in
- Priority BoardingLounge access
- Free boxed lunch with drink
The normal (cheap) ticket allows you to be 2 hours late without a fee, and if you show up early you might be offered an earlier train for free or for a fee. As I only needed a one way ticket and with a long drive to get to the terminal the Flexi Plus was the right choice for me.
I made the booking online at eurotunnel.com and used the automated “special” check in lane; I was able to drive right up, insert my VISA credit card (that I used to book) in the slot and a rearview mirror tag printed, with “FLEXI +” real big on it. The other cars all had letters printed on the tags. The priority check in lane, dumped into the same customs line as the rest of the cars. This was a 20 min process; getting out of France and Into the UK. One would think they would have a priority line for this also.
After clearing UK customs there was a special lane once again, this time with a keypad, and automatic gate. Took me a little while to find the pin printed on the mirror tag. This lane then leaded me to some parking spots in front of the lounge. I walked into the lounge and was greeted by an agent asking if I would want the next train in 15 min. I said sure, he quickly asked me what type of meal I wanted. There was about 8 sandwitch/wrap options and also fresh salads. Soft drinks/waters and candy bars. There is about 20 seats in the lounge and a restroom.
I jumped back in the car and drove passed a long line of cars, all being sorted by letter. I drove up a ramp and was directed to cut off the long line of cars. I drove right into the train. After a 35 min ride I was in the UK.
Here are some photos of loading the train:
Overall the process was easy and quick. You stay in your car, and there are restrooms in some of the train cars. The train car I was in was 2 levels of cars. I think if I ever drive this again the Euro Tunnel will be the way I go. Now all I have to do is stay on the correct side of the road with my left hand drive car.