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Dover Cruise Transfers Between Dover & Heathrow Airport

For Travellers Transferring Between Heathrow & Dover Cruise & Ferry Terminals


London Airport Transfers

Dover is around 100 miles (160 kms) from Heathrow Airport. Because Heathrow is on the other side of London to Dover there are no direct public transport links. All transfers by public transport between Heathrow and Dover require a connection in Central London.

Between Dover, Heathrow 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 Heathrow 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. There is no direct service between Heathrow and Dover, you have to make a connection at London's Victoria Coach Station. At Heathrow the buses for Central London do not pick up from individual passenger terminals. Instead you have to make for the Central Bus Station between Terminals 1 and 3. At Dover they do not go to the cruise terminals, you will need a taxi between Dover Town or Dover Ferry Terminal and Dover cruise terminals.

  • A much faster but more expensive option are the Dover train services. 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. From St Pancras there is only the London Underground offering a direct service to Heathrow. From other stations you either need to take the London Underground changing trains for Heathrow or get a taxi or Underground train to Paddington Station where the dedicated airport trains depart from. 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 from major Heathrow hotels, but not passenger terminals and go direct to the cruise terminals at Dover. In the Dover to London direction the service takes the form of a guided tour transfer visiting Canterbury and Leeds Castle and gets to Heathrow late afternoon/early evening after hotel drops in Central London.

  • 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.

In order to get to Dover you take one bus from Heathrow to Victoria Coach Station In London then change onto another bus going to Dover. Heathrow Airport has four passenger terminals, 1,3,4 and 5. The London buses depart from the Central Bus Station between Terminals 1 and 3. If you are using Terminals 4 or 5 you get the Heathrow Express train (free) to the centre of the airport where the Central Bus Station is located.

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 Airport 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.

London - Dover Cruise Shuttle Bus - More Details


Dover Cruise Ship Shuttle Service Prices & Ticketing

Train Services Between Dover & Heathrow

The fastest way to travel between Dover and Heathrow by public transport is by train, but is more expensive than the coach services. Like the coach service there is no direct train between Heathrow and Dover you have to change in London. The change is also not as seamless as the bus connection at Victoria Coach Station. There are several train lines between Dover and London, but the rail termini of these lines is not the same as for the dedicated airport trains to Heathrow that use Paddington Station. However, one station, St Pancras that just happens to offer the fastest trains by far to Dover has a direct London Underground link to Heathrow.

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

Southampton Station Taxi Rank

Typical Dover Taxi

Dover Taxi Fare Board At Cruise Terminal

Dover Taxi Rates Posted At
Dover Cruise Terminal May 2013

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.

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 Transfer Options Between Dover and Heathrow

Of course private cars and larger vehicles are available. You select what time you want to depart. Vehicles all the way from saloon/sedan cars to large coaches are available. Note, with cruise transfers, more often than not it is the amount of luggage that determines the size of vehicle required, not the number of passengers.


With a clear road, Heathrow to Dover is about 2 hours but the journey involves going around London's orbital motorway/free way prone to heavy traffic congestion delays. Its quite important you budget adequate contingency time . If the motorway is congested or there is an accident, alternative routes are much, much slower. Nearly all cruise ships have assisted disembarkation between about 7 a.m. and 08:30 a.m. During weekdays, transfers to Heathrow have a high probability of road congestion delays as you circle around London up until about 10 a.m.

Private Cars and Vans To/From Dover - More Details

Small Family Group or Large Group - A Private Transfer or Tour May Be The Solution

Private 16 Seat Touring Bus From London

If you have a group from family size to large groups, chartering your own vehicle with driver with or without professional guide can make a lot of sense.

Its a true door to door service picking you up from your hotel at a time you want and a customised itinerary going exactly where you want to go at a pace that suits your group.

Vehicles can be anything from an MPV with driver guide to a full size 50 seat air conditioned luxury touring coach with professional guide. If you just want a driver with no guiding that's fine and will work out cheaper too.

The guides and vehicles from the 8 seat vehicles up are professional full time tour specialists, not transport services that offer tours as a part time activity.

As a crude guide a full day tour (normally about 8 to 11 hours) in an MPV is about £400-£450, a 16 seat luxury touring bus like that pictured is £500-£750 and a full size 50 seat touring bus like the blue bus pictured on the banner at the bottom of the page about £600-£900. The indicative prices are without admissions, most of which we can obtain group rates.

Trips can be one-way and for the buses can be multi-day. If you are interested, just send us an e-mail from the “Contact Us” menu choice at the top of the page.


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