Harwich Cruise Ship To London Bus Service 2016
Door To Door Shuttle To Your Central London Hotel Or Heathrow Airport With Option To Visit Tower of London
Door To Door Harwich Cruise Ship Shuttle Bus To Your London Hotel or Heathrow Airport
A value for money, dependable transfer that collects you as you disembark from your cruise ship in Harwich and takes you to your hotel at Heathrow or Central London or the departures hall of your Heathrow passenger terminal.
There is Meet n Greet at Harwich Cruise Terminal and you'll be driven in an air conditioned touring bus with enough luggage capacity for cruise passengers. We do not drop you off in the middle of nowhere, you are dropped at your hotel entrance or the Heathrow Airport passenger terminal departures hall of your choosing.
There is a short comfort / photo stop at the Tower of London before the hotel drops commence.
Cruise Ships Supported in 2016
This service is available on all dates when a Viking cruise ship is visiting Harwich.
Harwich To London Indicative Schedule
08:30 Depart Harwich Cruise Terminal
10:15 - 11:00 Tower of London
11:15 - 12:15 Central London Hotel drops
From 13:45 Heathrow Airport Hotel & Terminal drops
For Cruise & Ferry Passengers
Public Transport to/From London
Private Cars, Vans & Buses
Transfer Options To Harwich From:
Public Transport To/From London
Private Cars, Vans & Buses
Transfer Options To Harwich From:
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.
Central London Hotel Drops
On reservation you will need to select from a list of around 150 hotel drop points in Central London. Nearly every popular chain hotel in Central London is on this list, (see link).
If you are booking a Eurostar train you will also need to allow up to one hour for check in, we recommend you do not book a train departing before 14:00pm.
Hotel Not On The List?
If your accommodation or departure point in London is not on the the hotel drop list the most efficient way of finding out where the nearest drop point is located is to first find out where the nearest Underground Station is.
Each hotel on the hotel list has the nearest Underground Station to it listed, so you should very quickly find the short list of drop 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.
London's Railway Stations Including St Pancras For Drops
Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations are adjacent, St Pancras is the departure station for Eurostar trains to Paris. You can select St Pancras Station as your drop off point for the cruise bus service. Because of check-in times for the Eurostar international services we recommend you do not book a Eurostar departing prior to 2 p.m.
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.
Heathrow Airport Hotel & Passenger Terminal Drops
The cruise bus service will drop at all five passenger terminals at Heathrow plus most (but not all) of the Heathrow Airport hotels.
We will start to drop passengers at all the major Heathrow hotels around 13:45 pm
Logistics Of Cruise Ship Disembarkation at Harwich
Nearly every cruise ship docks around 4 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
The customer services desk on-board will normally give you a disembarkation slot of around 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. if you say your bus leaves at 8:15 a.m. Our cruise bus is scheduled to leave Harwich by around 8:30 a.m.
The cruise bus service vehicles are normally some of the last buses to leave the cruise terminal and often leave earlier if everyone on the passenger list has boarded the coach.
On exiting customs at the cruise terminal you will be met and escorted to the tour bus, where your luggage is loaded in the luggage hold. The buses are parked immediately in front of the cruise terminal, a very short distance to walk. That is the last you will see your luggage until you reach your hotel or airport passenger terminal.
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.
Cruise Shuttle In Reverse Direction - London & Heathrow To Harwich
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.
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 Harwich To London
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. The coaches do not have washrooms aboard but the longest leg on board the bus should not be more than 90 minutes.
Historically, the Harwich 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 may be substituted.
There is a good road from Harwich to London but as we approach London it is prone to congestion delays during the working week.
As we approach London we will drive through the East End of the England's capital city, driving alongside the River Thames towards the centre until we arrive at one of London's most famous attractions, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
The Tower has been a royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo. Built over 900 years ago, you will have 45 minutes to explore the outside, take some photos, or simply buy a drink/snack and sit by the Tower overlooking the River Thames.
Tower Bridge is next to the Tower of London a fine sight and a must for a photo or three.
Please note this is a photo/comfort stop only.
For Groups Of 4 or More Its Cheaper to Charter Your Own Private Bus & Driver
Around four passengers is about the break even point when it becomes more economic to charter your own private vehicle instead of using the cruise bus service.
For larger groups the savings become quite substantial. For groups of more than 35 luggage is going to be the major factor that determines whether you need more than one bus.
By chartering your own vehicle you also have the bonus of a direct point to point transfer with a departure time of your choosing. Travel time is quite erratic due to possible road congestion in and around London but plan on a minimum of 2 hours.
A popular feature of such charters is the flexibility of combining the transfer with some sightseeing. At Harwich the latest you will disembark your cruise ship is about 9 a.m. so if you have a late afternoon or evening flight such an option avoids killing time waiting for the flight at the airport.
Guides and driver guides are also available.