Gas bottles are permitted aboard ferries as long as they are turned off and secured. Eurotunnel does not permit the transport of gas bottles. However, they are allowed in the baggage compartment of rail passengers.
Please note that any items not properly sealed cannot be taken onto the ferry or in the train cabin.
This includes food, drink and equipment such as power drills and unvented charcoal barbecue grills. Items that can leak must also be wrapped up in plastic bags or containers to prevent any damage occurring due to shifting cargo. This is particularly important for live animals which could cause injury if they are not correctly packaged.
Large quantities of luggage are difficult to handle and may lead to delays while waiting for more trucks or trains to arrive. It is therefore advisable to check with Eurotunnel before travelling with gas bottles so that you know what measures need to be taken.
Eurostar has discreetly prohibited customers from carrying alcoholic beverages on board its trains. Passengers' alcohol limits have been reduced to one bottle of wine or four cans of beer per person, with no spirits permitted onboard.
However, if you are an EU citizen you are entitled to free transport across Europe when travelling by train. This includes Eurostar services within France and Belgium. If you are not an EU citizen then your travel insurance may not cover you for all parts of your journey. Check with us before you travel to see what coverage is available.
The rules on drinking alcohol on public transportation are the same in most countries of Europe - even those that allow drinking alcohol while driving. The only exception is Russia where it is forbidden by law.
Alcohol is a substance that can enhance the effects of other substances people take drugs together with alcohol. It can also be toxic in itself. As a rule of thumb, if you feel dizzy, uncoordinated or tired then it's time to stop drinking.
If you have concerns about drinking too much alcohol, seek help immediately. Talk to someone you know who will help you understand how much you should be drinking. Do this before you go out to avoid any embarrassing situations. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to dehydration which can cause fatigue, confusion, and headaches.
Can you go via Eurotunnel on foot? We can only enable you to travel in a car, whether your own or as part of a coach journey, at Eurotunnel. If you don't need or want to drive your vehicle, you can take the Eurostar as a foot passenger. You can also travel by train if you prefer.
The answer is yes, you can be a foot passenger on the Eurotunnel. However, it has to be done in conjunction with a transport service such as an airline or rail company. There are no facilities for walking onto a train at any of the French or English terminals.
In fact, the only way to reach the UK from France or Belgium by foot is via the EU border crossing at Calais or Dunkerque. However, both of these borders are open daily from 6am to 10pm (Calais) or until midnight (Dunkerque).
Visitors from outside the EU must use one of the transportation services listed above to reach the Eurotunnel site. These services stop at the French and Belgian borders where they pick up passengers who need to go on foot. In general, these people will be visa applicants or those who want to visit friends or family in the UK.
There have been reports of would-be migrants trying to reach the UK by hiding in the cargo area of trucks driving through the Channel Tunnel.
There are no restrictions on the quantity of luggage you may bring with you on Eurotunnel, and there are no additional taxes. You may carry as much as you like as long as it fits in or on your car!
However, if you have a large amount of baggage then we advise that you split it up between passengers to reduce the cost per person.
All items of personal equipment such as phones, tablets, laptops must be carried with you on the train at all times. These items are very valuable and we recommend that they are kept out of sight in a bag which does not say what company they belong to.
It is an offence to import drugs into France, even for personal use. The penalty can be up to five years in prison and a fine of up to €350,000 (or twice the value of the drug).
The same applies to tobacco products. Smoking in public places including restaurants, bars and clubs is illegal in France and can lead to a fine of up to €30. The legal age for buying alcohol is 18 years old but it is common for shops to sell alcohol to people under this age. Only buy alcohol from a state-licensed retailer who will check your ID before selling you a drink.
When you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, there are no limits on what food and drink products you may bring, so pack a cooler full of water and fruit. Dry foods like almonds and cereal bars can keep you going between rest stops, and it's never a bad idea to stock up on delectable French pastries.
You can also take your dog on board the shuttle with you, provided they fall under the height limit of 42 inches and have a valid pet passport. There is also a charge for this service.
There are no restrictions on what type of food you can take on board Eurotunnel trains, but because these services are covered by Rail Europe they must be carried in hand luggage. The same goes for any liquids or aerosols that could be considered dangerous goods. You should also declare any valuable items before you travel, to avoid any problems when you arrive at your destination.
The food available on board Eurotunnel trains is similar to that served in trains in France, so if you're looking to sample some French cuisine then you shouldn't have any problems finding something suitable to eat. The quality varies depending on which company provides the service, but overall they are reasonable options for hungry passengers.
All drinks sold on board Eurotunnel trains are at least partially made from plastic bottles, and almost all come packaged in boxes. Only fresh juices and milk are sold freshly squeezed, and even these are usually frozen before being put into containers.
We understand that travellers frequently wish to carry a few bottles back from their journey, and we welcome customers to transport unopened bottles of alcohol to their destination. Passengers with a considerable amount of luggage will need to hire a courier service. However, some countries have strict laws regarding the transportation of alcohol across borders - for example, Germany and Austria - so it is important to know these regulations before travelling.
At this time, the European Commission does not consider alcohol to be a dangerous good and therefore does not require special approval for travel bags or containers. However, certain countries do have specific requirements for transporting alcohol. For example, some countries require that alcohol be transported in licensed facilities - contact the transport operator to find out which companies can provide this service.
Drinking alcohol while travelling by train is not recommended because of the effects of acceleration and deceleration on stomach contents. Travellers should instead choose low-alcohol alternatives to beer and wine. Some passengers may also prefer not to drink any alcohol at all while travelling by train to avoid interference with their sleep cycle.
If you are asked to pay custom's duties when entering another EU country, you can claim them back once you have returned to the first country.