Port of Dover


Harbour House, Marine Parade, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BU

Tel: 01304 240400

Port of Dover


The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of people and trade.

Originally established in 1606, it is also an award-winning cruise port, the second busiest in the UK and hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. Other successful businesses include a cargo terminal, a top award-winning marina and several niche activities.

Whether you are travelling to Kent or stopping off before setting off to an adventurous holiday, there is plenty to do around Dover and it's surrounding areas.

Why not wander along the top of the White Cliffs of Dover, looking out over the English Channel at the sailing boats, fishing vessels and huge ferries as they float by. 

Or take a leisurely stroll to St. Margaret's Museum – a fascinating insight into local history.

The Port of Dover offers routes to Calais as well as several other destinations sailing from cruises so it's no wonder the port is known as the 'Gateway to Europe'.

See here for accommodation in Dover.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Approximately 70 miles from London, the M20 will provide the quickest and most direct route for most passengers heading to Dover, particularly if coming from the West. The M20 merges into the A20 at Folkestone. 

Continue along the A20 until you reach the Eastern Docks roundabout, where you will take the first left and enter Dover Ferry Terminal (Eastern Docks).

If you are coming to Dover via the M2, the road merges into the A2 at Faversham. Stay on the A2 until you get to the Eastern Docks roundabout and take a right into Dover Ferry Terminal (Eastern Docks).


Public Transport Directions

By Train

Dover Priory is the nearest train station to Dover ferry Terminals, just over 1 mile away, with High-Speed 1 (HS1) train services to London in just over one hour. You can walk from the station to Passenger Terminal in about 25 minutes.


By Taxi

There is a taxi rank outside the Passenger Terminal building where taxis will be waiting when you arrive. You will also find a taxi rank outside Dover Priory railway station and there are a number of local taxi companies you can call.


By Air

The nearest airport offering direct flights from world-wide destinations, is Gatwick, located south of London. Approximately 78 miles away down the M20 and then M25, it is roughly a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Dover.

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