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Bus & Coach

You can easily get between England and other European countries via long-distance bus (called 'coach' in England). The international network Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) connects a huge number of destinations; you can buy tickets online via one of the national operators.

Services to/from England are also operated by National Express (www.nationalexpress.com). Sample journey times to/from London include Amsterdam (12 hours), Barcelona (24 hours), Dublin (12 hours) and Paris (eight hours).

If you book early, and can be flexible with timings (ie travel when few other people want to), you can get some very good deals. For example, between London and Paris or Amsterdam from about £25 one way (although paying £35 to £45 is more usual).


Channel Tunnel Passenger Service

High-speed Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) passenger services shuttle at least 10 times daily between London and Paris (2½ hours) or Brussels (two hours). Buy tickets from travel agencies, major train stations or the Eurostar website.

The normal one-way fare between London and Paris/Brussels costs around £154; advance booking and off-peak travel gets cheaper fares as low as £29 one way.

Channel Tunnel Car Service

Drivers use Eurotunnel (www.eurotunnel.com). At Folkestone in England or Calais in France, you drive onto a train, get carried through the tunnel and drive off at the other end.

Trains run about four times an hour from 6am to 10pm, then hourly through the night. Loading and unloading takes an hour; the journey lasts 35 minutes.

Book in advance online or pay on the spot. The standard one-way fare for a car and up to nine passengers is £75 to £100 depending on time of day; promotional fares often bring it down to £59 or less.