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Dover UK Cruise & Ferry Transfers To/From Central London

Details of Independent Travel Between Dover and Central London

Dover Cruise Terminal 2

Dover Cruise Terminal 2

Its about 75 miles (120 kms) between Dover and the centre of London.

Between Dover and Central London there is a wide choice of transport, both public transport and private hire, though note there are no direct shared van shuttle style services available between London and Dover, though there is a cruise bus that is a shared service with hotel drops and pick-ups.

If you do not want to take the expensive transport offered by the cruise line, these are your options:

  • The cheapest option are the National Express scheduled buses. Full size 50 seat coaches with washrooms that depart from London's Victoria Coach Stations. They do not go to the cruise terminals, you will need a taxi between Dover Town or Dover Ferry Terminal and Dover cruise terminals.

  • The fastest option are the Dover train services, faster than a taxi. Several trains an hour run along three separate routes between Dover's Priory Station and around 5 major train stations in Central London. The fastest trains by far run between London St Pancras and Dover. Like the National Express buses you will need a taxi between Dover Priory Train Station and Dover cruise terminals.

  • The only door to door shared service between your hotel in London and the cruise terminal are the Dover Cruise Bus Shuttles. These are normally full size touring buses that pick-up and drop at all the major Central London hotel districts and go to the cruise terminals. However in the Dover to London direction the service takes the form of a guided tour transfer unlike in the reverse direct from London where the bus goes direct.

  • And of course the money no object option is a private car service door to door at a time specified by you. If you have a group there are vans, even coaches available.

National Express Coaches

The cheapest option by scheduled public transport are coach services by National Express.

The National Express Coaches are much slower and much cheaper than the train services. They are modern air-conditioned buses with washrooms.

Unlike the trains there are true e-tickets available on-line. Significant for people on cruises is the luggage allowance, 2 cases neither of which should weigh more than 20kg (44lbs) before steep surcharges kick in.

The other critical aspect is that you may well spend more on getting between the cruise ship and bus stops at Dover and between your hotel and London Victoria than on the journey between Southampton and London. In London the bus terminates at Victoria Coach Station, quite a way from many of the hotel districts, this is the only stop, there are not stops at hotels or other locations.

In Dover the bus terminates in Dover Town Centre after visiting Dover Ferry Terminal. The only option to get between either of these and the cruise ship is a 10 minute taxi ride.

National Express To/From Dover - More Details

National Express Coach Services

Dover Cruise Shuttle Bus - London Hotels & Heathrow To/From Dover

Cruise Shuttle Bus To/From London

Not public transport, but a useful option offering prices approaching public transport with the convenience of door to door transfers between your cruise terminal at Dover and your hotel in Central London or Heathrow Airport.

In the London to Dover direction the bus picks up from hotels in all of the major hotel districts of Central London. The bus then goes onto Heathrow Airport where it will pick-up from a selection of Heathrow Airport hotels (but not passenger terminals) before going onto Dover with an optional stop at Dover Castle.

In the opposite direction the service takes the form of guided day tour. After leaving the cruise terminal at Dover the tour visits Canterbury and Leeds Castle before performing hotel drops in Central London late afternoon before going onto Heathrow Airport.

The vehicles used are normally full size 50 seat luxury air conditioned touring buses like that pictured.

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Train Services Between Dover & London

The fastest way to travel between Dover and London is by train. Rail is often faster than hiring a private car into or out of Central London. Train services are faster and more frequent than the alternative bus public transport between Central London and Dover, but normally much more expensive.

There are three main train lines between London and Dover.

The two services to Charing Cross and Victoria follow the same track for most of the way to London and are similarly priced and take similar lengths of time to complete the railway journey.

The London St Pancras to Dover service is much faster as the trains utilise the high speed tracks built for the Eurostar express trains between England and France.

You pay a small premium for this relative speed on the ticket. However, if you just miss one of these fast trains from Dover, you lose all that time advantage waiting for the next one.

Full Details Of Rail Services Between Dover and London

Rail Map Between Dover & London
The Trainline - timetables and ticketing for UK railways

Transfers Between Cruise Terminals & London Buses & Trains

No shuttle buses are provided between the cruise and the train station or London bus stops at Dover. You therefore need to get a taxi between the cruise terminal and the train station/bus stop. The fare should be around £8.

Taxi cabs at Dover come in a wide range of sizes and shapes, the image tight is fairly typical. If you have two cases per person and more than 2 people you may end up with multiple taxi cabs.

Southampton Station Taxi Rank

Typical Dover Taxi

Its just a 5 minute drive between the cruise terminals at Dover to/from the railway and bus stations and ferry terminal.

The cruise terminals are far too far to walk with luggage from the train stations.

All fares within Dover should be on a meter. Indicative fares to and from the cruise terminal are shown on the image.

For longer journeys outside Dover never leap into a taxi without agreeing the price before hand.

Although drivers may offer to accept your Euro or Dollar currency it will almost certainly be at a very, very poor exchange rate. Only do so as a last resort.

The taxi rank at the cruise terminal is well marshalled. Porters from the ship will normally take your luggage as far as the taxi rank immediately outside the front doors of the cruise terminal.

It is customary to leave a small tip with cab drivers, (assuming they provide a good service).

Shuttle Bus Between Station & Ferry Terminal

A shuttle bus plies between Dover Priory Station and Dover Ferry Terminal between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. The bus is not complementary.

Note: The ferry terminal is further from the cruise terminals than the train station.

Private Direct Transfers Between Dover and London


Dover Cruise terminal is about 75 miles (120 kms) from Central London. Heathrow Airport is the other (west) side of London from Dover and is much longer but in terms of travel time is similar, around 2 hours direct by vehicle.

We have a full range of vehicles ranging from saloon cars right up to large touring coaches so whatever your group size and amount of luggage we can offer a competitive proposal for your transfer needs.

At airports and cruise terminals the price includes meet and greet, the classic reception formula of our drivers being there with your name on a board as you exit customs/luggage. At hotels will come to the reception area to find you at the time you have stipulated at the time of reservation.

London - Dover Private Group Transfers & Tour Transfers - Full Details

Dover - London Private Direct Transfer Prices*

Prices Are Inclusive Of Taxes, Parking Fees And Are Per Vehicle



To/From London


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Mini Van






8 seat bus






12 seat bus






16 seat bus






Large Coaches

up to 50

up to 65




† Weight 10kg//22lbs to 23kg/51lbs - if you have larger cases please detail using the enquiry form below.

* Prices indicated are one-way, non-stop with all passengers boarding at a single point and include all taxes.

The above prices are indicative and do not form a final offer. Each enquiry made will receive a personal quotation which on the majority of occasions will be consistent with the prices displayed unless there are atypical aspects.

Buses only, departing from Heathrow Terminal 5 only, incur a £5 supplement reflecting higher parking charges there.

London - Dover Private Group Transfers & Tour Transfers - Full Details

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