Staff at Eurotunnel Le Shuttle are gearing up for one of the busiest weekends of the year, with almost 50,000 vehicles expected to travel with the cross-Channel operator this Easter.

But not all of the passengers will be the two-legged variety…


Hundreds of pets will be joining their owners for the 35-minute journey from Folkestone to Calais in the run-up to the bank holiday.

“Thursday, April 21 will be our busiest day,” says Eurotunnel Le Shuttle’s Marketing & Sales Director, Harvey Alexander.

“We have more than 430 pets travelling to France with us that day, and a further 319 making their way to the Continent on Good Friday.

“Pets are part of the family so we treat them just like any other passenger. They stay with their owners in the comfort of their car throughout the journey, and we even have dedicated pet exercise areas at both our UK and French terminals so the animals can stretch their legs.”

As an added extra until May 2, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is celebrating National Pet Month by giving customers with pets who visit the Passenger Terminal Building a complimentary pet gift. Since the Pet Travel Scheme began in 2000, nearly 600,000 cats, dogs and ferrets have travelled on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle service.

There is no charge for pets travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle from Folkestone to Calais, and a charge of £30 per dog, cat or ferret entering the UK. All registered assistance and guide dogs travel free in both directions.

To find out more about travelling with your pet on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, or to book, visit or call 0844 335 8390.

Approximately 50,000 vehicles are expected to travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle – the fastest cross-Channel operator by car – between Thursday, April 21 and Monday, April 25, while total traffic figures for April are up 9% on the same month last year.

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