How to book a flightless trip this summer, from Eurotunnel to ferries and Eurostar

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Eurotunnel Le Shuttle opened its passenger terminal at Folkestone on Wednesday following a surge in bookings after the government’s initial announcement of the quarantine exemptions the previous week.John Keefe, Director of Public Affairs for Eurotunnel said: “We … had more customers accessing our online booking system [last] weekend than ever. ”

The 35-minute ride offers a contactless crossing during which travelers stay in their cars. Refreshments can be ordered in advance to be delivered to passenger vehicles.

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The service provider also offers a fully refundable standard ticket option. Trips cost from £ 78 one way per car for up to nine passengers in September, to reach £ 143 in August. Weekdays are cheaper and currently have reasonable availability during the summer.

Deborah Merrens, Commercial Director of Eurotunnel, warned: “There is a lot of pent-up demand, which means that we expect the coming months to be busier than ever, both indoors and outside the term. “

Social distancing measures on ferries and Eurostar

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Masks are compulsory on Eurostar (Photo: AFP / Getty)

Ferry operators adapt their services, with face masks now compulsory on board, free booking changes offered by most, reduced passenger capacity and staggered embarkation / disembarkation on DFDS Services and crossing by vehicle only on the Dover route -Calais of P&O. Brittany Ferries is also boarding and disembarking breathtakingly, making seat or cabin reservations mandatory.

Improved cleaning with virucidal products takes place between the crossings and hand sanitizers are placed around the ships for passengers. Some on-board services, such as bars, remain closed, but stores are reopening largely with demands for social distancing in place and catering served by staff rather than self-service. Industry organization Discover Ferries has launched a Ferry Safe campaign detailing the changes.

Face masks are compulsory on Eurostar trains and in terminals, all other seats being left empty on board. Food and beverage sales have been suspended. Special assistance should be booked in advance.

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