London Gatwick Airport to/from Harwich

Logistics transferring between Gatwick & Harwich by private and public transport

Gatwick Airport Express Train at Victoria Station

Gatwick Airport Express train

Harwich is around 90 miles from London and by road about 105 miles from Gatwick Airport, at least a 2 hour journey with a clear road.


Of the main cruise terminals serving London, Southampton, Dover and Harwich, Harwich is the least accessible from Gatwick. Harwich is the other side of London from both main London airports, Heathrow and Gatwick so it's not the most convenient transfer. To travel to Harwich from Gatwick the key points are:

  • There is no direct scheduled daily public transport between Gatwick and Harwich.

  • By public transport, the options available require three or more modes of transport booked independently of one another and will take around 3 hours or more.

  • Private cars should do the journey in 2 hours or more, but much of the route is around London's orbital motorway, the busiest in Europe where traffic comes to a standstill routinely during commute hours and there's no easy alternative if a major accident blocks the road.


Private transfers by car/sedan, van or bus

If you're flying in on the day of your cruise you may have little option but to hire a private car. So let's get this option out of the way first.


On a good day with a clear road a vehicle may make the journey in 2 hours, fine if you're arriving on a 6am flight on a Sunday, but on a workday like Monday the same journey may be nearer 3 hours.

Details of private transfers between Harwich & London

Gatwick to Harwich by public transport

Harwich is quite an isolated town, the only viable public transport to it from the London area is by train. Harwich is on a branch line, a spur off a main line from London's Liverpool Street Station. The good news is that Harwich Ferry & Cruise Terminal is integrated into Harwich International train station and there are broadly hourly trains. The bad news is that Liverpool Street has no direct public transport from Gatwick.

Gatwick to Liverpool Street

The Trainline - timetables and ticketing for UK railways

Gatwick to Liverpool Street will consist of a train into London then a dash by taxi or London Underground across town to Liverpool Street.


From Gatwick you can either get the Gatwick Express train to London Victoria or the Thameslink train to London Bridge or Blackfriars. The Gatwick Express train is the pricey dedicated airport train, the Thameslink train is more a commuter train that may be packed at peak commute times.

Victoria is by far the furthest train station from Liverpool Street than either Blackfriars or London Bridge but has a direct London Underground link.


If you don't fancy dragging your cruise luggage around the London Underground get the Thameslink train to London Bridge then a black London taxi from the station rank. If you take Thameslink and want to use the London Underground get off at Blackfriars where there is a direct Underground link to Liverpool Street.


If you are travelling on a Sunday it's well worth checking the rail companies websites as Sunday is the main day for heavy maintenance where stretches of the line are occasionally shut down.


London Liverpool Street to/from Harwich by train

Harwich - Liverpool Street train at Harwich

Harwich - Liverpool Street train at 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.

Note: Liverpool Street Station is in the City of London in the financial area of London, the other side of town from where most people will have their London hotel. The London Underground or a 15-20 minute taxi ride is a tedious add-on to most people's journey.

London and Harwich trains details

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