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Getting to Dover
Getting to Dover
For things to do in Dover, see our port of call description, starting on page 423.
Dover, England is the jumping-off spot for three of Disney Cruise Line’s 2017 Northern European cruises, and is 67 mi./108 km. from central London. If you’re flying in, Heathrow (80 mi./130 km. from Dover) or Gatwick airports (65 mi./105 km. from Dover) are your most likely choices. We expect many overseas visitors will add several days in and around London to their travel itinerary. Not only is there so much to see and do, but if you’re coming in from the Americas, there’s also jet lag to consider. You can make all your travel arrangements through Disney, including air travel, pre-/post-cruise accommodations in London, and transportation to Dover. If you book your own travel, you can still book Disney ground transportation up to three days prior to your cruise. Disney Cruise Line transfers are $180/person round-trip between the airport and Dover, which doesn’t sound too bad when you start to calculate the cost of alternatives. A Disney representative will meet arriving airline passengers outside Customs to collect their luggage and to escort them to their bus, whether they’re headed to a pre-cruise hotel, or directly to Dover. Disney recommends taking a flight that arrives no later than 11:30 am on the day of cruise departure.
Rail service from Heathrow airport goes through London, which is convenient if you’re stopping in London pre- or post-cruise. Heathrow trains go to Paddington Station £18.00/$27 (allow a half hour). You can take the Underground to Charing Cross or St. Pancras (Domestic) Stations for through travel to Dover. Direct service from London to Dover Priory Station leaves both Charing Cross Station (allow two hours—adults £18.50/$27.75) and St. Pancras Domestic Station (allow about an hour and 20 minutes — adults £31.70/$47.50). You’ll need a taxi between Dover station and the cruise terminal (£7.00/$10.50). Rail Service from Gatwick airport to Dover bypasses London, but service is infrequent and requires several changes of train (allow 2–3 hours for the trip—adults £25.10/$37.60).
Private car service between airports and Dover cost in the range of £135–£240/$202–$360 one way (various types of cars and mini-vans, with Mercedes at the high end). The driver will meet you at baggage claim, and sightseeing tours can be added to your fare. If your flight is delayed, you may have to pay for added waiting time.
Cruisers from continental Europe have many options, but perhaps the simplest is the ferry to Dover, and second-best may be via the Channel Tunnel, which deposits drivers with vehicles in nearby Folkestone (9 mi./13 km.) and Eurostar passengers in Ashford (20 mi./32 km.).
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