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.
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?
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 & 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?
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!