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 shuttleCruise Shuttle Bus from Dover Cruise Terminals to the Town Centre and Dover Castle

Shuttle buses operate a ‘hop on’ and ‘hop off’ day service from the Cruise Terminal to Market Square (Dover town centre), calling at Dover Castle.

  • Services operate from 8am to 6pm
  • The buses run every 20 minutes

Cruise Bus Service from Dover Town Centre to the White Cliffs of Dover

  • Service runs every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm
  • YMS bus leaves Market Square, passes by Dover Castle to the White Cliffs of Dover Visitor Centre (National Trust)
  • YMS bus returns an hour later
  • Last return bus leaves at 5pm from the White Cliffs and calls at Dover Castle


  • Tickets are £5 - €7 - $8 US dollars
  • Your ticket is for the day and you can use it as many times as you like
  • Your ticket can be used for the Shuttle buses operating between the Cruise Terminals, Market Square and Dover Castle and the hourly bus service to the White Cliffs of Dover

Tickets are sold by:

  • Dover Visitor Information Centre & Dover Museum (cash and cards accepted)
  • The driver on the YMS bus (cash only - buses do not have card facilities)

Please check the website for details or changes to the timetable.

Please note: although walking from the White Cliffs to Dover Castle looks easy and close on the map, the road connecting them has no footway. For safety reasons you are advised to use the shuttle service provided instead of attempting to walk.

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.

If you only have 1 hour...

If you only have 1-2 hours…

If you only have 2-4 hours…

Visiting further afield in White Cliffs Country...

Please note: Although many local businesses accept Euros, other currencies and Bank Cards, there are still a number that don't, so to avoid disappointment we advise visitors to use cash and currency exchange services. There are facilites at the Port of Dover, at Dover Eurochange and at local Banks in Dover.



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! Please check times and special offers via the Southeastern Railway website.

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

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