How to get to London: by car, plane or ship?

There are different means of transport available to get to London: on the Eurotunnel train, by plane, by ferry, etc. Depending on the city from where we depart, we find different offers and prices, as well as direct or stopover trips. In the case of Spain, we found good connections.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

By car: the Eurotunnel

Although London is on an island, it is possible to reach the capital of the United Kingdom by road, since the English Channel is located on Eurotunnel, a 55-kilometer conduit that connects the United Kingdom with France.

The continental entrance to the tunnel is located in Calais, a town 300 kilometers from Paris. The distance in kilometers from other parts of Europe is as follows:

  • Amsterdam: 365
  • Bruges (114)
  • Brussels: 197
  • Prague: 1,091

In the case of wanting to go from Spain by car, you should keep in mind that reaching the Eurotunnel will take you around 15 hours. Specifically, these are the kilometers from Calais to the main Spanish cities:

  • Madrid: 1,560

  • Barcelona: 1,320

  • Valencia: 1,660
  • Seville: 2,020

The other station of Eurotunnel It is located in Folkestone, 115 kilometers from London, with which it communicates by train, which takes about 50 minutes to complete this route.

The Eurotunnel crossed for the first time by a cyclist

The tunnel is open for 24 hours the 365 days of the year. The lowest price is € 27 per car, but prices vary greatly, so you should book your trip in advance.

Not only can you cross the canal by car, but there is also a rail service, which also goes directly to London. Although the conduit starts in Calais, there are also direct high-speed trains from Paris or Brussels to the British capital. his minimal price It is € 39.

Also, for those who want to go to the UK by car but wish to try the Eurotunnel rail system, there are freight trains that allow you to take your car. The route of these is from Calais to Folkestone and is done in a time of 35 minutes.

In the following video you can see the experience of traveling with your car in a train that crosses the English Channel through the Eurotunnel:

From Spain there are no direct trains, but with good connections. The same goes for Prague and Zurich. From these destinations depart night trains, from which you must make a transfer to reach London.

By plane: how long does it take?

The fastest means of transport with the greatest number of connections to London is the plane. In the following list we find Some of the destinations that have direct flights:

  • Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg
  • Argentina: Buenos Aires
  • Austria: Vienna
  • Belgium: Antwerp, Brussels
  • Brazil: Sao Paula, Rio de Janeiro
  • Canada: Calgary, Vancouver
  • Chile: Santiago
  • Colombia: Bogotá
  • Denmark: Billund, Copenhagen?
  • Spain: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Mallorca
  • state United: New York, Boston, Los Angeles
  • France: Paris, Chambery, Nice
  • Greece: Mykonos, Santorini, Athens
  • Holland: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
  • Ireland: Dublin, Belfast City
  • Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice
  • Mexico: Mexico City
  • Peru: Lima
  • Czech Republic: Prague
  • Ukraine: Kiev
  • Switzerland: Zurich, Geneva, Bern
  • Venezuela: Caracas

There are cities that, despite not having any direct flight, have the possibility of a flight with stops. Some of these destinations are Caracas (Venezuela), as well as Querétaro and Xalapa (Mexico).

The best way to get a cheap flight to this city is to hire it in advance. exist comparators of flights, such as Kayak, that allow us to see which are the cheapest.

Plane about to land in London

From Spain, it is quite easy to get cheap flights thanks to Ryanair or easyJet. There are trips that cost less than 30 euros, and it takes approximately two and a half hours. To know more, we recommend you read this article: List of companies offering cheap flights in Europe and America.

By boat or ferry

An alternative to go to London without a plane is the boat. Numerous companies offer trips from the main points of Europe to the closest ports to London.

Portsmouth Harbor, England

In the case of Spain, the best option is that of ferries that range from Santander or Bilbao to Portsmouth. In them you can take a car. The company that manages these trips is Brittany Ferries.

Ships and ferries depart from Dublin to Holyhead, a town that is 450 kilometers from London. The duration of the trip varies from 1 hour and 50 minutes to 3 hours and a quarter, depending on the type of boat. You can get from the port to the capital by train.

If you are interested in crossing the English Channel, but not inside the Eurotunnel, but through the sea surface, there are also boats from Calais to Folkestone and Dover.

Arrive in London by ferry from continental Europe

The United Kingdom can be reached by sea from other parts of the European continent, such as the Netherlands or Belgium. Many of the aeronautical companies offer the purchase of tickets on-line.

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