Dover cruise ship direct transfer shuttle service 2019

Affordable door to door shuttle between your London hotel or Heathrow Airport to/from Dover cruise ships

Door to Door Dover Cruise  Shuttle Includes Hotel Pick-ups & Drops

Door to door Dover Cruise Shuttle includes hotel pick-ups & drops

Shared Dover cruise transfer shuttle to/from London hotels & Heathrow

London to Dover service

A value for money, dependable transfer that collects you from your Central London or Heathrow Airport hotel and takes you to your waiting cruise ship at Dover. There is an option to visit Dover Castle before you arrive at the ship or you can go direct to the ship - the choice is yours.

This service is normally operated with a large touring coach which is fed by smaller vehicles that perform many of the hotel pick-ups and feed into the large coach so you don't spend a lot of time touring London hotels picking people up.

The London to Dover service picks up from around 200 hotels in all the major Central London hotel districts as well as most airport hotels at Heathrow Airport.

Dover to London service

The Dover to London service picks you up from outside the cruise terminal and drops at Central London and Heathrow hotels as well as the passenger terminals at Heathrow Airport.

The Dover to London service operates a van shuttle style service with many small vehicles, each vehicle with a maximum 4 drops per vehicle and 6 people per vehicle.

The London to Dover service will drop off at any hotel in Central London (zone 1) - if your hotel is not on our 200 hotels listed (see link below) we will still drop you off at your accommodation on this service and there are instructions during the booking process how to do this. At Heathrow Airport the service drops at all major airport hotels and all Heathrow Airport passenger terminals.

Option to visit Dover Castle in London to Dover direction

In the London to Dover direction you also have the option of visiting Dover Castle for a couple of hours before the vehicle returns to pick you up and take you down to your cruise ship down below in port.


You can of course choose to go direct to the cruise ship after a short pause to drop off those passengers who do want to visit Dover Castle. Further details about Dover Castle are further down the page.

Cruise Ships supported in 2019

This service is available on all dates when Princess, Disney and Regent Seven Seas cruise ships are starting or ending cruises in Dover.

We are also supporting visits by cruise ships Seabourn Ovation, Seabourn Quest, Crystal Serenity and MS Prinsendam in 2019.

Guaranteed departures

London Cruise Shuttle Bus Q&A Forum

Please note this is a guaranteed cruise transfer, and will operate on all of the dates listed on the booking page (link below). There are no minimum numbers required for this service to operate.

London to Dover indicative schedule

08:00 - 09:00 Heathrow Airport hotel pick-ups

08:15 - 09:15 Central London hotel pickups

11:30 - Dover Break (optional Dover Castle Break)

12:00 - Dover Cruise Terminal

14:00 - Dover Cruise Terminal (if visiting Dover Castle)

Dover to London schedule

By 8.30am depart Dover Cruise Terminal (note the shuttles wait if the ship is late)

from 10.30am - arrive Central London Hotels

from 10.30am - arrive Heathrow Airport Hotels & Passenger Terminals

Collection & Drops at your Central London or Heathrow hotel

London to Dover

List Of Hotels For London Coach Pickups
List Of Hotels For Heathrow Airport Coach Pickups

Hotel pick-ups from Central London and Heathrow hotels are between 8am and 9.15am and cover all major hotel districts in Central London. We use a fleet of smaller vehicles for individual hotel pickups that feed into the main vehicle, usually a large touring bus to avoid a lengthy hotel pickup exercise.

We do not pick up from every hotel in London, just from a long list of around 200 of the most popular. Nearly every popular chain hotel in Central London is on this list (see link).


On the list the full address is stated plus the nearest Underground Station. Relax in the hotel reception with your luggage ready to board when the shuttle arrives.

At Heathrow the service only picks up from Heathrow hotels, not at passenger terminals where coaches are not allowed to pick-up passengers without going through a lengthy security process that makes the option not viable.


There are over 30 mainstream hotels around Heathrow that call themselves Heathrow hotels. The bus picks up from the majority of the hotels along the main airport hotel strips but doesn't service a few of the remote hotels quite a long way from the airport. Two of the hotels are directly linked with terminals 4 and 5 at Heathrow.


We have a thorough discussion of Heathrow hotels on our dedicated pages including locations.

Heathrow Hotels - briefing

Dover to London (with drops at any hotel in Central London)

Most ships are scheduled to arrive between 5am and 7am in the morning. You need to apply for a disembarkation slot of 7.30/7.45am or earlier. We will leave Dover by 8.30am.


Disney arrival times can vary and tend to be between 5am to 8am. We plan to leave Dover between 8.30am and 10am (depending on ship arrival time).

All Disney customers will be contacted prior to their cruise departing to confirm the exact time. As you exit the baggage hall of the cruise terminal you will be met by a representative who will guide you to the waiting vehicle.


The vehicle will drop at any hotel in Central London (zone 1) and Heathrow and also at Heathrow Airport passenger terminals (unlike in the Heathrow to Dover direction).


The Dover to London service operates a van shuttle style service with many small vehicles, each vehicle with a maximum 4 drops per vehicle and 6 people per vehicle.

Pick-ups/Drops at other locations (railway stations / AirBnB / coach stations)

If you are not staying at a hotel, perhaps taking a train, staying in an AirBnB property or flying from Gatwick, Luton airports for example use our question and answers facility to work out a solution for your needs so you know exactly how you are going to get to your end destination before you travel.

Cruise Service Q&A Forum - including queries on pick-up & drop points

Luggage policy

The luggage allowance is 2 large cases per passenger (maximum 23kg per case) plus 2 pieces of hand luggage (max 10kg per case). If you have more than this you must contact our office prior to travel.


We do not carry outsize items (e.g. bicycles) and you MUST inform us in advance if you have a wheelchair, mobility vehicle etc.

We are very interested in your anticipated luggage not from a perspective of hitting you with supplemental excess luggage charges but from the perspective of avoiding not having enough capacity in the luggage hold.


The cap on the number of passengers we book on a bus is driven by a simple equation assuming each passenger will be bringing no more than two large cases.

Booking Conditions and Payment

In order that we can guarantee your booking, you will need to make payment in full at time of reservation.

All cruise transfer/tours are booked are not subject to cancellation charges up to 42 days (6 weeks) prior to the the transfer/tour travel date.

If you are travelling with friends but have separate reservations please advise us to avoid the chance you may be allocated separate vehicles.

Dover Cruise Ship Tour Transfer Service Prices & Ticketing
Dover Cruise Ship Tour Transfer  Service Prices & Ticketing

Dover Castle: option to visit on London to Dover service

Dover with its key geographical location as the nearest point to France from England has always been a natural place to fortify against possible foreign invasion.


Dover Castle sits strategically upon the famous White Cliffs of Dover, overlooking the port and town far below.

Dover Castle

Way back before the Normans started building castles in England the site was originally an Iron Age hill fort, and later housed a Roman lighthouse and later still an Anglo-Saxon church, part of a Saxon fortified settlement.


After the Norman invasion, William the Conqueror raised the first Dover Castle in earth and timber soon after invading England in 1066. From then on the castle was garrisoned uninterruptedly until 1958, a continuous nine-century span equalled only by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.

Secret Wartime Tunnels were dug deep beneath the castle, within the 'White Cliffs' themselves. For many the tunnels are the highlight of a visit.


Today you can tour the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Dover Castle, the Roman Lighthouse and much more.

Map of Dover Cruise Shuttle Bus Routes

London to Dover Direction

Dover Cruise Bus - More Information

Dover Direct Shared Shuttle or Optional Visit To Dover Castle
After a morning pick-up from your London or Heathrow hotel you will be driven to your cruise ship at Dover. As an option you can visit Dover Casrle perched high up on the famous white cliffs looking down on your cruise ship below.

Dover To London Direction<

Dover Cruise Bus - More Information

London & Heathrow Direct Shared Shuttle
After pick-up from your cruise ship at Dover you will be driven to your London hotel or Heathrow hotel / passenger terminal. The only stops are the drops with the cruise passengers sharing the vehicle with you. (Each vehicle has a maximum 6 passengers and there is a mximum of 4 hotel drops)

Dover Cruise Bus - More Information

Canterbury & Leeds Castle Tour Transfer
A full day guided tour/transfer with a walking tour of Canterbury and Leeds Castle admission included in the price. You will be dropped at your London hotel or Heathrow Airport hotel or passenger terminal early evening.

Dover Cruise Bus - More Information

Warner Bros Studio Tour Transfer Only available for Disney Magic cruise ship arrivals this full day tour transfer visits the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter before dropping you off at your London hotel or Heathrow Airport early evening.


Private direct transfers between Dover and London


Dover Cruise terminal is about 75 miles (120km) 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 - details

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