Dover Eastern and Western Docks
Cruise ships dock in Dover just off the A20 road at the Western docks, a mile from the town centre. Both terminal 1 and 2 are within close distance of several excellent hotels and b&b’s.
Dover is also the world’s busiest ferry port. Ferries dock at the Eastern Docks, on the other side of town.
Dover is one of 4 cruise ports within close distance of London. The others are Port of Southampton, Harwich and Tilbury (London Cruise Terminal). Itineraries from the port vary from cruises to the amazing Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Capitals, to the Mediterranean and even transatlantic to the Caribbean.
Cruise lines departing from the harbour include Fred Olsen, Saga Cruises, Holland America, and Carnival. Luxury companies such as Seabourn, Crystal, Oceania and Silversea Cruises sail also from/to the Port of Dover.
Passenger Terminals 1 and 2 – Pier
Dover is currently home to 2 cruise ship passenger terminals at Admiralty Pier, located at the Western docks which is about 20 minutes walk or cheap cab ride from the town centre.
Taxis are available to/from both terminals. Dover’s Priory railway station is within walking distance (30 minutes), but it’s recommended to take an inexpensive taxi (5 minutes).
To and From London
A high speed train connects London’s St Pancras international rail station with Dover Priory Station. Travel time is 1 hour (fastest option). There also rail services to/from both Charing Cross and Victoria stations, but these trains don’t travel on the same high speed tracks as trains to/from St Pancras. Travel time to Charing Cross and Victoria stations is about 110mins to 120mins.
National Express operates a regular coach service to Dover’s Pencester Road. The journey takes around 2hrs 30mins from London Victoria coach station (cheapest option).
Additional cruise bus shuttles operate between central London and Dover from all hotels in the main hotel districts. These buses call at London Heathrow Airport too. This service is only available on sailing dates when ships of Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Crystal Cruises are in port.
Also car rentals and private shuttles are available.
Terminal 1 and 2
Sat nav: CT17 9DQ
Ferries leave from the Eastern Docks, appox. 1 mile from the town center.
Address Dover Ferry Terminal
Eastern Docks, Dover, Kent, CT16 1JA United Kingdom
Legendary White Cliffs of Dover
Dover is well known of being home to Britain’s oldest building, the solid Dover Castle, but is best known for the port’s legendary White Cliffs. The town is located on the English Channel at the Strait of Dover, which is the closest point between Great Britain and France.
Take a walk around the impressive White Cliffs and admire the view of the English Channel or take a boat tour leaving from the Clock Tower in the Marina for another wonderful view of the Cliffs. Atop the White Cliffs is stunning Dover Caslte, built by Henry II. It’s the largest castle in England and has a long history.
Visit the military museum that includes a great exhibit of WWII spy equipment or take a look at the Pharos lighthouse, built by the Romans during the 1st century.
From Dover you can easily visit the main tourist attractions and historical sites of Kent, known as the Garden of England. Rey, a true gem of an English market town, and medieval Canterbury, noted for its stunning cathedral are within easy reach.
A perfect day trip for the entire family is Leeds Castle and the nearby Castle gardens where you take an exciting step back in time. The famous gardens of Vita Sackville-West’s, the legendary poet and writer, can be visited at Sissinghurst Castle.
The must see sights of London such as the Big Ben, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge to name a few are less than 2 hours away by car. By high speed rail link to St Pancras, to city of London is only just over an hour away.
Many great value and reasonable priced hotels and b&b’s can be found within close distance of Dover cruise port. Stay overnight in or just outside the town centre or near Priory train station.
Dover can be reached from London’s Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and all other major London airports.
Gatwick international airport is the nearest major airport, approximately 80 miles or 129 km away.
There is no direct transport link to/from the airport. The cheapest option is by taking the National Express Coach service to Victoria Coach station. From Victoria Station buses travel to either Dover or Gatwick airport.
Faster option is taking the train. Fastest way is a train via St Pancras. Most people will take the train. There are many routes, the most convenient will involve changing trains at either London Bridge or St Pancras.
There are 5 main rail options from Gatwick to Dover.
a) Gatwick Express to Victoria then train to Dover
b) Southern Train to Victoria then train to Dover
c) First Capital Connect to London Bridge then train to Dover
d) First Capital Connect train to St Pancras then train to Dover
e) Cross Country trains avoiding London, but requires about 3 changes.
Parking — car parking is located adjacent to passenger terminal 1.
Disabled parking spaces are also available, as are wheelchairs with assistants.
How to get to Dover by Car – driving directions
When travelling on the M2/A2 via Canterbury, or when driving on the M20/A20 via Ashford, you have to follow the signs to the Western Docks. Both cruise terminals are located beside these docks.