Eurostar Chunnel

Written by Liza Hartung
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The Eurostar and the Chunnel are basically the same thing. The Chunnel is the kind of train, and Eurostar is the name. Think of it like Eurostar is kind of like saying Amtrak. It was originally called the Chunnel because it went under the English Channel in a tunnel. This is the first ground link between Britain and continental Europe since the Ice Ages about 40 million years ago.

The people of Europe were hopeful, yet worried about what this venture would become. Some thought it would merely be a massive waste of money. The construction has cost some $15 billion. These people thought it would fail and all money would be lost. However, those who had the vision to see what the Chunnel could be have found out they were right.

The Eurostar Chunnel is now used many times daily to transport commuters and tourists between Paris and London and London and Brussels. It takes only three hours to get from London to Paris and only another 15 minutes to get from London to Brussels. This kind of travel was never available with airplanes.

Travel on the Eurostar Chunnel

Unlike traveling on an airplane, you don't have to worry about arriving an hour or so early just to get seated on time. Yes, you should be in your seat about 15 minutes before the Chunnel is scheduled to leave, but that's all. Make sure you aren't late. I have never known Eurostar to leave even a minute late. In addition, the earlier you arrive, the better seats you will be able to get. Some seats are reserved specifically, and some are on a first come, first served basis.

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