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Have you ever tried the Eurotunnel?

Going abroad with your car using Eurotunnel is easy

Eurotunnel

When the route becomes the destination…

Most British people seem to travel abroad by plane and we all know the advantages of jumping on a plane. When I talk to people about travelling to Germany by car, they are often surprised at just how straight forward it is – although it does depend on where in the UK you are travelling from and where in Germany you are travelling to. If you don’t live near a port, it’s a good idea to break your journey and stay somewhere overnight – which of course can be part of the adventure. We are certainly huge fans of breaking our journey whenever it entails driving for more than 7 hours as I personally think it’s hard to concentrate beyond this point.

 

Overview of the ferry ports and Eurotunnel terminal

 

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Lots of pluses when taking the train or ferry

 

Living fairly close to Folkestone means that I can take advantage of the Eurotunnel and be in Calais in around 35 minutes. Once you drive onto the train, you can take a short break in your car until you arrive in France. My onward journey from Calais to North Rhine-Westphalia is only around three and a half hours, traffic permitting. It’s also relatively inexpensive if you are travelling with others, you can take as much luggage as your car will allow as well as your Sammy im SmartSammy loved travelling by car - even though I must say he doesn't look that happy!;)family pet if you so wish and maybe your caravan!

 

I usually pay around £130 – £160 for a return ticket plus £18 each way for a pet. Just make sure that your pet’s passport is up-to-date along with all the necessary vaccinations. Having your car with you also makes it easier to explore Germany’s stunning landscape and fascinating cities. My advice is to plan your journey in advance and include some of the scenic routes like the Black Forest High Road (Schwarzwaldhochstraße) or some of the charming routes in Bavaria, which pass through the medieval towns, villages and monasteries hidden in the foothills of the German Alps.

Enjoy your journey!

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