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Calais

Getting there & around

Local transport

Taxi

To order a cab, call Taxis Radio Calais (TRC; 03 21 97 13 14).

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Bus & tram

Bus

Inglard (03 21 96 49 54; office in the car ferry terminal) links Calais’ train station, via the coastal D940, with the beautiful Côte d’Opale and Boulogne (€5.10, 1¼ hours, three daily except Sunday and holidays), where stops are at Nausicaā and 75 blvd Daunou in Boulogne.

Cariane Littoral (03 21 34 74 40; office 10 rue d’Amsterdam) operates BCD express services from Calais’ train station to Boulogne (€6.90, 40 minutes, four daily Monday to Friday, two on Saturday), where bus stops are at the train station and place Dalton, and Dunkirk (€7.40, 45 minutes, 12 daily Monday to Friday, three on Saturday).

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Car & motorcycle

To reach the Channel Tunnel’s vehicle loading area at Coquelles, follow the road signs on the A16 to the Tunnel Sous La Manche (Tunnel under the Channel) at exit No 13.

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National-Citer have bureaus at the car ferry terminal but they’re not always staffed. Cheaper walk-in rates may be available from the following outfits:

ADA (03 21 36 50 12; 15 rue de Thermes)

France Cars (03 21 96 08 00; 47 blvd des Alliés)

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Boat

Every day, 32 to 40 car ferries from Dover dock at Calais’ busy car ferry terminal, about 1.5km northeast of place d’Armes. Company bureaus:

P&O Ferries Calais town centre (41 place d’Armes); car ferry terminal (03 21 46 10 10; 6am-10pm)

SeaFrance Calais town centre (03 21 19 42 42; 2 place d’Armes); car ferry terminal (03 21 46 80 05; 5.45am-10.45pm)

Shuttle buses (€1.50 or £1, hourly from about 10am to 7pm or 7.30pm), marked ‘Terminal Car Ferry/Centre Ville’, link Gare Calais-Ville and place d’Armes (the stop is in front of Café de la Tour) with the car ferry terminal. Departure times are posted.

Hoverspeed, the company that pioneered the use of hovercraft – the pride of British maritime engineering in the 1960s – ceased operations in late 2005.

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Train

Calais has two train stations: Gare Calais-Ville in the city centre; and Gare Calais-Fréthun, a TGV station 10km southwest of town near the Channel Tunnel entrance. They are linked by the free Navette TER.

Gare Calais-Ville is linked to Amiens (€21, 2½ hours, four or five daily), Arras (€18, two hours, 12 daily Monday to Friday, five daily Saturday and Sunday), Boulogne (€6.90, 28 to 48 minutes, 17 daily Monday to Saturday, nine on Sunday), Dunkirk (€7.40, 50 minutes, six daily Monday to Friday, three or four daily Saturday and Sunday) and Lille-Flandres (€14.70, 1¼ hours, 19 daily Monday to Friday, 10 on Saturday and Sunday).

Calais-Fréthun is served by TGVs to Paris’ Gare du Nord (€37.20 or €50.60, 1½ hours, six daily Monday to Saturday, three on Sunday) as well as the Eurostar to London.

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