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Directions to cruise port from London Heathrow International Airport:

By Public Transportation:

Check Southeastern or Raileasy to find a train to your convenience from London to Dover. London stations may be either Victoria station or Waterloo East station - and now the High Speed train leaving from London St Pancras.

Either Take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington Station and take either the Circle line (yellow on maps) or the pink line to King's Cross St Pancras, which is adjacent to the St Pancras International Rail Station.

Or Take the Piccadilly line (blue on maps) from Heathrow Airport to:

  • For St Pancras International Rail Station: Stay in your train, the Piccadilly line (blue on maps) goes to King's Cross St Pancras, which is adjacent to the St Pancras International Rail Station.
  • For Victoria station: Transfer at Gloucester Road or South Kensington to go to Victoria Station.
  • For Waterloo East station: Go to Green Park. At Green Park, take the Jubilee (grey on maps) line to Waterloo station.
    (Other itineraries possible ; e.g. Heathrow Airport to Hammersmith ; Hammersmith to Embankment ; Embankment to Waterloo.)
    Once at Waterloo, you would still have to walk from Waterloo to Waterloo East train station (see map below).

In most cases, the High Speed train (leaving from St Pancras) is a better option (trip to Dover would take 1h10min. as opposed to close to 2 hours otherwise ; with prices fairly comparable between the 2 train options). I am leaving the directions to Victoria station & Waterloo East station on this page in case, for any reason, you decide that St Pancras is not for you.

The Port of Dover is a one-mile/20-minute walk from the town center, Priory Station and Pencester Road. According to http://www.travel-friend.co.uk/ferryports/ferryports_dover.htm, "There is a regular shuttle bus service to the Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal, which operates every 20 minutes ( 7 am to 10.30pm ). There is a small charge for this service."

Map of Dover Priory train station to cruise terminal (cruise terminal 1 & cruise terminal 2)

Price:

  • Heathrow Express: 16.50 when bought online
  • Tube 4.50
  • Train to Dover: 33

Alternatively, you may purchase a BritRail London Pass for $139, which would include unlimited train in the region (valid 2 days out of 8) and 2 vouchers for Heathrow Express (which can therefore also be used on a day other that the 2 otherwise selected)


Time required:

  • Either Heathrow Express: 25 min.
  • or Tube: 1h30min
  • And train to Dover: 1h10min. by High Speed train (2 hours otherwise)

A map to help you find your way from the Waterloo train station to Waterloo East train station:

 

Luggage storage in London:

If you wish to stay in London for a few hours and do not have an hotel to store your luggage, you can use the luggage storage service (operated by the Excess Baggage Company) at most London train station for a cost of 8 for the first 24 hours (4 per day thereafter). More details at Excess Baggage Company .

 

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