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Dover Cruise Ship Shuttle Bus Service 2016

Affordable Door To Door Shuttle From Your London Hotel Or Heathrow Airport to Dover Cruise Ships

Dover Cruise Shuttle Bus From London

The Cruise Bus At A London Hotel Pick-Up

Door To Door Dover Cruise Transfer Shuttle From London

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.

At Dover you can go straight to your cruise ship or opt to visit Dover Castle.

The key aspect for customers is that we guarantee to run these services and the luggage allowance is a full 2 large cases plus hand luggage. Once a date is made available the service is run even if there is just one customer.

The bus makes a brief stop at Dover Castle before going onto the cruise ship. If you want to make a visit to Dover Castle you leave the bus which will then come back to the castle a couple of hours later so you can complete your journey to the cruise ship.

The service picks up from hotels in all the major Central London hotel districts as well as selected hotels at Heathrow Airport. before going onto Dover.

Cruise Ships Supported in 2016

This service is available on all dates when Princess, Norwegian Cruise Line, Crystal and Disney cruise ships are in port at Dover.

London To Dover Indicative Schedule

08:00 - 09:00 Heathrow Airport hotel pickups

08:00 - 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)

Guaranteed Departures

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.

Collection From Your Central London or Heathrow Hotel

List Of Hotels For London Coach Pickups

The buses will perform hotel pick-ups from Central London and Heathrow hotels between 8:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. covering all major hotel districts in Central London. 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 bus arrives.

List Of Hotels For Heathrow Airport Coach Pickups

At Heathrow the coach 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.

Note some of the hotel names may be misleading to you with regards proximity to the airport, e.g. the Holiday Inn Express Terminal 5 is miles from Terminal 5 and the hotel is thus not on the hotel pick-up list. Most of the global chains have more than one hotel at Heathrow with each hotel serving different terminals which are miles apart from one another.

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

Heathrow Hotels - A Briefing

London's Railway Stations Including St Pancras (Paris Trains) For Pick-Ups

Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations (for trains from Paris) are adjacent and are popular arrival points in London. For pick-ups the Premier Inn Kings Cross hotel pick-up is down the eastern side of Kings Cross Station and the Pullman St Pancras hotel pick-up is about 200 yards west of St Pancras Station.

London Cruise Shuttle Bus Pick-Up & Drop Locations

Other London railway stations that have hotels used for pick-ups and drops include the Hilton Paddington, Amba Hotel Charing Cross, Andaz Liverpool Street and Grosvenor Victoria hotel each of which form part of Paddington, Charing Cross, Liverpool Street and Victoria stations respectively.

The Ibis Euston hotel is down the west side of Euston Station and the Premier Inn Waterloo is adjacent to Waterloo Station.

Hotel Not On The List?

If your accommodation or arrival point in London is not on the the hotel pick-up list the most efficient way of finding out where the nearest pick-up point is located is to first find out where the nearest Underground Station is.

Each hotel on the hotel pick-up list has the nearest Underground Station to it listed, so you should very quickly find the short list of pick-up hotels in the vicinity. By using Google maps or similar you should be able to find the most convenient hotel for your needs.

Your alternative is just to use the facility linked on the banner right. We will normally come back to you with a personalised reply within 24 hours.

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 buses.

Dover Cruise Ship Shuttle Service Prices & Ticketing

Luggage Policy

The luggage allowance is 2 large cases per passenger (maximum 23kgs 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 (eg bicycles) and you MUST inform us in advance if you have a wheelchair, mobility vehicle etc.

Cruise Ship Shuttle Bus

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. Although the buses used are usually large touring buses like that pictured at the top of the page they were designed for the luggage carried by European travellers that tend to travel with no more than one large bag of 20kg (44lbs).

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.

The Journey From London to Dover

The vehicles used are comfortable air conditioned, touring coaches. We do not operate a system to reserve specific seats on the bus, there will be plenty of seats on boarding, just select the first empty seat that takes your eye.

The journey from London is along good roads, so you should have a very smooth ride.

From Heathrow to Dover is around a 2 hour journey. At Dover, the coach will first stop at Dover Castle for 10 minutes. If you want to visit Dover Castle you can leave the coach at this point leaving your luggage on the coach. The coach will then depart on the 10 minute journey down to the cruise terminal. For those who opted to visit Dover Castle the coach will return to the castle about 2 hours later and you can complete your journey to the cruise ship.

On arrival at Dover cruise terminal simply identify your luggage disembarking from the coach and walk into check-in, the porters will take your luggage from the coach. We plan to drop you at your cruise terminal around 12:00, just in time for lunch.

Dover Castle
Dover Castle

Dover Castle

Dover Castle

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.

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.

Vehicles & Scheduling - What To Expect

The cruise bus service has no minimum numbers and are guaranteed to run. The standard coaches used are 50 seat touring coaches on which we put a cap of 34 passengers travelling. The coaches are air conditioned coaches that are used on other days for sightseeing tours in and from London.

Historically, the Dover service has had wide variations between dates on travelling numbers. On many dates several vehicles will support a date. On a minority of dates if there are only a handful of passengers a 16 seat bus or even a car may be substituted.

Separate coaches are scheduled for Heathrow and Central London pick-ups, depending on numbers the coaches may stay separate or join one another.

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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.

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