Pre- and post-cruise

Whether you plan to extend a cruise holiday by exploring this beautiful area, find secure parking while you're on the sea or an overnight stop before your onward journey, here's all the information you need.

Dover is the premier port for cruise lines in the South East of England and is one of the busiest cruise ports in Northern Europe, welcoming over 20 individual cruise lines and 200,000 cruise passengers every year. The town is well connected by road (close to the UK motorway network via the M20 or M2) and well serviced by the rail network with highspeed trains from London St Pancras taking just over an hour. 

Arriving by car 

The port and cruise terminals are well signposted as you approach the town from either direction and there are a number of short-term and long-term parking options for cruise passengers departing from Dover. The following car parks offer long term parking:

Arriving by train

The nearest station is Dover Priory where you can take a short, 5-minute taxi ride to the cruise terminals or walk through the town (approximately 30 minutes).

For more information on transport options, please see our Getting here page. 

A line of people checking in at Cruise Terminal 1 with the old station architecture behind.
Checking in at Cruise Terminal 1, built in 1914 as Dover Marine Railway Station and since renovated to a distinctive cruise terminal retaining the old station architecture.

Before checking in for a cruise, why not spend some time exploring the area. Our friendly, experienced and knowledgeable team at the Visitor Information Centre in Dover Museum in the town centre can help with a wide range of services: 

  • Providing maps, visitor guides, brochures and leaflets
  • Accommodation information and bookings
  • National Express tickets and coach cards
  • Cross-channel ferry bookings for P&O and DFDS
  • Booking Crosskeys and Bayliss coach tours
  • Cruise Shuttle Bus tickets (on port of call days only)
  • Theatre tokens
  • Shop - where you will find a wide range of gifts and souvenirs

The centre is open:

  • Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm (year-round)
  • Sunday 10am – 3pm (April to September only)

Find them at Dover Museum, Market Square, Dover CT16 1PH or contact them by phone on +44 (0)1304 201066 or email

People walking towards a doorway with a 'To the ship' sign above.
Why not spend some time in beautiful White Cliffs Country before you head off on a cruise.

A warm welcome

There is so much to see and do in this lovely corner of south east England that it's worth extending your holiday for a night or two either before a cruise or on your return. Search our listings for perfect places to stay, from seafront hotels to country bed & breakfasts where you can be sure of a warm welcome and good nights' sleep. And find great restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in our wide range of eateries, from fine dining to the best takeaway fish and chips. 

Extend your holiday

  • Lovely places to stay

    A complete list of all the amazing places to stay in White Cliffs Country - Dover, Deal and Sandwich and the surrounding area.

    The red-brick Bell Hotel on Sandwich Quay with the metal-framed drawbridge in the foreground.
  • Delicious food and drink

    Search our food and drink listings to find a place to suit you - a full list of bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants and places to eat and drink in White Cliffs Country - Dover, Deal and Sandwich area.

Explore our website to discover the incredible variety of things to see and do in White Cliffs Country and do contact our Visitor Information team if you require any help or advice. We look forward to welcoming you.