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London To/From Harwich Ferry & Cruise Port By Train

The only daily scheduled public transport option between London and Harwich


Harwich - Liverpool Street Train At Harwich

Harwich - Liverpool Street Train At Harwich

Harwich is around 90 miles (145 kms) from the centre of London. On a good day, a vehicle will make it in under 2 hours.

The only public transport between Harwich and London is train from London's Liverpool Street Station, for most people staying in London, quite a way from their hotel. The ferry and cruise port is a few miles outside the town of Harwich and has its own train station, Harwich International, the station for the town of Harwich is called Harwich Town.

At the moment there is no direct bus service between London and Harwich.


Harwich is the other side of London from both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, London's major airports. The closest London Airport is Stansted Airport which is dominated by European low cost budget airlines. This is about half way between Heathrow and Harwich.


On days when a large cruise ship is in port a special cruise train runs non-stop once in each direction to coincide with disembarkation and boarding times. A Harwich cruise bus offers a vehicle alternative with convenient Central London hotel pick-ups and drops and also services Heathrow Airport.

Harwich & Liverpool Street Stations

The key message to get across to someone looking at using Liverpool Street Station is that it is situated in the City of London, London's main business area dominated by the financial industry. During the week this area is frantic and heaving with (business) people, at the weekend it is a ghost town. Apart from a cluster of hotels around the Tower of London, less than a mile away, Liverpool Street Station is quite a long way from the parts of London that most leisure travellers use.



Harwich Cruise Terminal

The London airports that Liverpool Streets convenient for are City Airport and Stansted Airport. Heathrow Airport is particularly troublesome with significant luggage unless you take the plunge and splurge on a taxi.

Liverpool Street is serviced by four London Underground lines, so for the budget traveller at least its not a big deal.

Liverpool Street is primarily a commuter train station for North London and regional services to the East Anglia region, which includes Harwich. Its a busy place with no shortage of food and convenience outlets, a ticket office that is only closed for a few hours in the very early morning and a useful left luggage office facility (not lockers) open 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Harwich International Station is adjacent to the ferry and cruise terminals which are separate buildings. You walk straight from the platform into either terminal.

Facilities within the cruise terminal are fairly basic, but purpose built and spacious. There is a cafe, very reasonably priced and a local tourist stand within the cruise terminal, but little else.

Next door in the ferry terminal, (accessed by going along the rail platform), is another restaurant an exchange bureaux, more toilets and telephones.

This is also where you will find the ticket office for the railway.

Harwich Cruise & Ferry Terminal Right Next To Harwich International Station

Harwich Cruise Terminal

Trains Between Harwich and Liverpool Street

Normal Public Trains

Best Way From Heathrow To Harwich

There is a broadly hourly train between Harwich International Station and London's Liverpool Street Station. The Harwich line is a branch line and for nearly all train journeys between Harwich and London you will have to change trains at Manningtree Station.

Journey time is around 75 minutes.

If you are travelling at the weekends particularly, do check that no scheduled rail maintenance is due to take place. Normally when this happens a bus replacement service is put on around the stretch of track closed down.

Cruise Trains

On dates when a large cruise ship is in port, a dedicated cruise train is normally laid on. You will not find this train on any official printed timetables but it does appear on booking systems like the Trainline, (see banner links on this page).

There is one departure in each direction, timed to coincide with disembarkation and embarkation times. The only difference between this and the normal scheduled trains is that the cruise train runs non-stop between Liverpool Street and Harwich and no discounted tickets are available, you pay the full standard fare.


Published Schedule Of Non-Stop Cruise Trains 2014

One Way Unconfirmed Fare 2014 £31.20

Date

Departure Time
Harwich International

Arrival Time
London Liverpool Street

Departure Time
London Liverpool Street

Arrival Time
Harwich International

Monday -
Saturday

09:03

10:21

12:28

13:40

Sundays

08:54

10:20

12:28

13:50

BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS 2014 DATES

Wednesday 14 May, Monday 26 May, Saturday 7 June, Thursday 19 June, Tuesday 1 July, Sunday 13 July, Saturday 26 July, Thursday 7 August, Tuesday 19 August, Sunday 31 August

CELEBRITY INFINITY 2014 DATES

Monday 12 May, Friday 13 June, Monday 23 June, Friday 4 July, Monday 14 July, Thursday 24 July, Monday 4 August, Friday 15 August, Monday 25 August, Monday 8 September, Friday 19 September, Wednesday 1 October, Monday 13 October

Purchasing Train Tickets (Only Anytime Fares Available On Cruise Train)

On the trains between Liverpool Street and Harwich there are no reserved seats and no help is given with your luggage. You just board the train and find a seat that suits you on a first come first served basis and store your luggage as best you can.

Ticketing on UK railways is very complex. On the Harwich run the cheapest tickets are normally advance purchase tickets made available up to 3 months prior to travel.

On the cruise train there are also no seat reservations. The train appears on the on-line facilities like The Trainline link below but no promotional fares seem to be made available for this train, resulting in you paying the full fare.

The three types of tickets are broadly :

  • Advance Purchase: Buy in advance, sold in limited numbers and subject to availability. These tickets will have restrictions specified when purchasing.

  • Off Peak: Buy any time, travel off-peak. The definition of off peak can vary from ticket to ticket. These tickets may require you to travel at specific times of day, days of the week or on a specific route. Where there is more than one Off-Peak fare for a journey, the cheaper fare with more restrictions will be called Super Off-Peak.

  • Anytime: Buy any time, travel any time. (the standard ticket). Anytime fares are fully flexible tickets, with no time restrictions on when you can travel.

At train stations there are manned ticket offices and also ticket machines. All major credit cards are taken as well as cash.

For fares and timetables use 'The Trainline' web site where you can also order tickets for delivery to your home address.


The Trainline - timetables and ticketing for UK railways

Harwich Cruise Bus - London Hotels & Heathrow To/From Harwich

Cruise Shuttle Bus To/From London

A cruise bus servicee is available on all dates when a Royal Caribbean or Celebrity cruise ship is visiting Harwich.


In the London to Harwich direction the bus picks up from hotels in all of the major hotel districts of Central London and also from Heathrow Airport where it will pick-up from a selection of Heathrow Airport hotels (but not passenger terminals) before going onto Harwich arriving around midday with a brief comfort stop at a large supermarket.

London to Harwich Cruise Bus - More Details


In the opposite Harwich to London direction there is a Meet n Greet service as you disembark. A short photo stop is made at the Tower of London before hotel drops in Central London and Heathrow. On this leg the bus will drop at any Heathrow passenger terminal as well as Heathrow hotels. The service is scheduled to arrive at Heathrow about 1 p.m.

Harwich to London Cruise Bus - More Details



Harwich Cruise Ship Shuttle Service Prices & Ticketing

Cruise Shuttle In Reverse Direction - Harwich To London & Heathrow


Harwich Cruise Shuttle Service Prices & Ticketing
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