Chunnel Facts: An Incredible Experience Engineered For All



Channel Tunnel Illustration.  (c) experimental /
Channel Tunnel Illustration. (c) experimental /

While the Channel Tunnel, or “Chunnel” isn’t an official wonder of the world yet, read some Chunnel facts and you’ll realize it is absolutely a wonder under the world. And it’s yours to experience.

If a trip including London and Paris is on your bucket list, traveling by train through The Channel Tunnel (or The Chunnel – as it’s more commonly known) will likely be part of your journey.  Although you have the option to take a ferry, fly or even swim… it’s the Eurostar train that will whisk you between London and Paris under the English Channel. But before we get into the train experience, let’s get back to The Chunnel itself.  If you’re going to travel through it – you may be surprised at the feat of engineering it truly is.

Eurostar Train
Eurostar Train

Amazing Chunnel Facts, Amazing Chunnel Tracks

The Channel Tunnel is a rail tunnel linking London and Paris beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. At its lowest point, it is 250 feet deep and at 23.5 miles long, the tunnel has the longest undersea portion of any in the world.

That’s only the beginning of the impressive Chunnel facts. Did you know a contest was held to determine where to place the Channel Tunnel? That both the British and French started digging from each side at the same time? Or that since its official opening in 1994, millions of people have journeyed in fabulous style and comfort between London and Paris on the Eurostar?


Eurotunnel - Channel Tunnel Terminal, Folkestone, England
Eurotunnel – Channel Tunnel Terminal, Folkestone, England

Ready to take the Chunnel train between London and Paris? One-way tickets for adults start at around $180. What does that journey under the English Channel make you feel like? Well, if you’re in Premier Class, like you’re on top of the world despite the fact that you’re as much as 250 feet underwater. It includes a 3-course meal and your choice of fine spirit on board. If you’re in Comfort class, or first class as it’s otherwise known, you’ll travel in roomy contentment with an included snack and drink. Economy seating offers the same dazzling Chunnel train ride in a family friendly car and access to a buffet car with snacks for purchase.


London Eye and Houses of Parliament
London Eye and Houses of Parliament

 London & Paris. With so much to do, where do you start?

Make the most of everything in London with a London Travel Card. It offers unlimited trips on all London public transportation including the Underground. It’s even more perfect when you team it up with a London Pass giving you free entry to over 70 London attractions, and VIP entry where available (or as we prefer to call it in London, the royal treatment).  The Paris Visite offers unlimited travel using the Metro and bus system anywhere in Paris, as well as some regional train lines. And of course, what is Paris without a Guided Visit of the Louvre Museum?


Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


Your travel tales? 

I’ve talked enough. What about you? Have you ever traveled across the English Channel? How was it? Do you have any little Chunnel facts of your own to surprise us with? Are you one of the millions who have already taken the Eurostar? Any pictures to share? Come on…we’d love to hear from you!

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Avatar Greg Wesson says:

    I always like the moment when you emerge from the tunnel, and you get that text message some your mobile provider saying that “You’ve arrived in France.” Silly thing, but I like the welcome, even if it is just my mobile company telling me how much calls are going to cost me. 🙂

    1. Avatar phyllis says:

      how long are you in the tunnel

      1. Avatar Greg Wesson says:

        About 35 minutes in the tunnel itself. Not much to see in there, just darkness.

        1. Avatar Jaylin says:

          That’s 2 clever by half and 2×2 clever 4 me. Thnska!

  2. Avatar Lenny Ferris says:

    one of the most remarkable things I can remember besides the breathtaking speed is when they announced that we had reached 200 miles per hour I looked down at my full cup of coffee and it was as though it were sitting on the kitchen table.. Not even a ripple. Unbelievably smooth and quiet . What an amazing feat of engineering

  3. Avatar Deb Stahl says:

    Had an enjoyable trip going qfrom London to Paris. We were in economy class and I think most everyone fell asleep when we were under water. It was so nice and dark and quiet. I had a nice nap until I woke myself up snoring!!!

  4. Avatar Dryan1959 says:

    I took the “chunnel” train a few years ago… Road coach from London to Paris but upgraded to first class on the return trip… It was worth every penny!

  5. Avatar Laraine Santagato says:

    I live in the States I’m an ex patriot , I have been fascinated by the Tunnel and the engineering feat that I feel it is, I’ll probably not ever get to ride it but certainly very interesting reading about it !!

    1. Avatar Trudy says:

      Wow I must confess you make some very trncehant points.

  6. Avatar Mary Gardner says:

    What I found wonderful about my trip on the Eurostar from Paris to London was the amount of time we spent traveling over the beautiful countryside of France. It was just beautiful! The part under the ocean was much shorter and very uneventful. It was over much quicker than I expected and we were back out in the light of day on the England side in no time. I absolutely loved it.

    1. Avatar Snow says:

      Stay inrtmfaoive, San Diego, yeah boy!

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