Cruise Dover

Cruise visitors

We have the second busiest cruise port in the UK, miles of beautiful, unspoilt coastline and our internationally famous White Cliffs are known throughout the world.

Dover has long been one of the world's premier seaports, with centuries of maritime heritage. Today the experience at Dover is a singularly modern one. Just minutes from the Channel shipping lanes and less than two hours' drive from London, Dover is perfect for both turnarounds and port of call visits. Dover has two dedicated cruise terminals. Terminal 1 is a characterful conversion of a stylish Victorian railway station. Terminal 2 is a sleek, modern building that offers state of the art facilities.

But what makes Dover so special is its impressive location. With the famous White Cliffs dominated by Dover Castle, the approach from the sea is a unique experience.

Shuttle Service

Cruise shuttleThere is a shuttle service on most Port of Call days from the Cruise Terminal to the Town Centre and Dover Castle.

Services operate regularly from 8.45am throughout the day to Dover Town Centre, Dover Castle and the Cruise Terminal until 5.15pm.

Journey time 10 minutes.

  • Cruise terminal > Town Centre > Cruise Terminal: £3, €4, $5 US dollars
  • Cruise Terminal > Town Centre > Castle > Town Centre> Cruise Terminal: £4, €5, $7 US dollars

Single journey and child fares also available on request.


Excursions and Itineraries

White Cliffs of DoverDover Cruise Terminal is one of Britain's busiest and most historic ports and is a great starting point to exploring one of the UK's well loved and internationally famous White Cliffs.

For the time conscious Cruise passenger, the itineraries below will help plan and make the most of your visit to White Cliffs Country.

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The following car parks offer secure long term parking:

Travel advice

High speed trainWithin easy access of London and the continent, White Cliffs Country is perfect for a short break. Only 75 minutes on a cross channel ferry whilst both the M20 and M2 are both within easy reach.

Travelling by Rail

There are regular train services to London Waterloo, London Charing Cross and London Victoria.

The High Speed Rail offers faster travel between Sandwich, Deal, Walmer, Martin Mill or Dover and London St Pancras. For instance, the journey from London St Pancras and Dover Priory takes just over an hour - which is perfect for a daytrip to the coast! However, at the moment the railway line is closed between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central due to sea wall damage. A replacement bus service is operating between stations to enable passengers to continue with their journey. Please check times and alternative routes via the Southeastern Railway website. The damaged part of the track was closed in January 2016 and not expected to re-open until Summer 2016.

Eurostar operates a high speed rail link to the continent, and for train travel from Folkestone to Calais with a car contact Eurotunnel for further details.

Travelling by Bus or Coach

National Express operates frequent coach travel between London and Dover. Change in London Victoria for coaches to the rest of the UK.

All Visitor Information Centres within White Cliffs Country are agents for National Express and have local bus timetables for the district. Just pop in and see them.

Travelling by Car

Dover is within quick and easy reach of both the M2 and M20, the motorway links from London.

For up-to-date road information click on

Travelling by Air


  • Star Taxis 01304 211111 / 01304 228822
  • A2B Cars 01304 225588
  • Central Taxis 01304 204040  /01304 240441
  • Dover Royal Cars 0800 5244 305 / 01304 210210 
  • County Cars & Taxis 01304 208208 / 01304 202027
  • All Destinations 01304 215936
  • Dover Club Travel 01304 204420

Car Hire

  • Avis Rent-A-Car Arrivals Hall, Eastern Docks, Dover CT16 1JA  - 0844 544 6055
  • National Car Rental 116 Snargate Street, Dover CT17 9DA  - 0871 3843490
  • Europcar 116 Snargate Street Dover CT17 9DA  - 01304 201834
  • Hertz 173-177 Snargate Street, Dover CT17 9BL  - 0843 3093023
  • Practical Car Hire 17 Elms Vale Road, Dover  - 01227 478008
  • Enterprise The Cabin Swingbridge car park Dover CT17 9BN  - 01304 242526