Dover Ferry Port
Dover Ferry Port offers ferries from Dover to France on the shortest Channel crossing between England and Europe. Dover Ferry Port is the most popular in England, with around 12 million ferry passengers using the port each year.
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Directions To and From Dover Ferry Port
Address: Eastern Docks, Dover, Kent, CT16 1JA, United Kingdom.
You can reach Dover ferry port on the following routes:
- Calais to Dover (P&O Ferries)
- Dunkirk to Dover (DFDS Seaways)
Dover faces the narrowest part of the Channel and on a clear day, you can see France from the ferry terminal. Dover Ferry Port is Europe's busiest international ferry terminal, and the closest English port to France, which lies 22 miles away. Ferries run 24 hours a day with a departure on average every 30 minutes to either Calais or Dunkirk, providing quick and effective links to the rest of France and all of Europe beyond.
Getting to Dover Ferry Port
From the M20, after Junction 13 of the M20 (a little way past the Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal) the road becomes the A20. follow signs for "Dover A20". Continue on the A20 and as you get in to Dover you will start to pick up signs for "Ferries". Go straight on at the Western Heights Roundabout and as the A20 becomes signed as "Archcliffe Road" it begins to slope down a little and you may see the ferries slightly to the right ahead of you. Continue to follow signs with the Ferries symbol on them. The A20 takes you past a petrol station, and rows of shops on your left and as you to the next small roundabout you may be able to see Dover Castle on the hills to your left. Continue to follow the A20. Soon you will get to the Eastern Docks Roundabout, with the White Cliffs above you on your left. At the roundabout, take the first available junction (ahead of you slightly to the left). If you are taking your car or other vehicle onto the ferry, stay left. If you are a foot passenger and parking your vehicle follow signs to the right.
From the M2 take junction 7 and turn right on the roundabout, on to the A2 "Boughton Bypass". Please note: any signs for "Dunkirk" are for the nearby village of the same name and NOT the ferry! Follow the A2 all the way to dover, eventually leading to the Eastern Docks Roundabout, where you will take the second turnoff into the ferry terminal.
There is a taxi rank outside the Passenger Terminal building where taxis will be waiting when you arrive. A taxi rank is also located outside Dover Priory railway station.
Dover Priory is the nearest train station to Dover ferry port and terminals. Located just over 1 mile away, there are high speed train services to London with just over one hour's journey time. You can walk from the station to Passenger Terminal in about 25 minutes.
There is a regular National express coach service from London Victoria coach station. Journey time is approx 2 hours 30 minutes. Other local/regional bus services arrive in the town centre of Dover.
Dover Ferry Port Facilities
cafés, fast food outlets and newsagents are located in both the East and West passenger service buildings. The passenger terminal building at Dover's Eastern Docks have Costa Coffee outlets and kiosks.
Car hire services are available in the Passenger Terminal.
Bureau de change
Cash and currency services are available in both the East and West Passenger Services Buildings
Unisex, disabled rest room facilities are available in various locations throughout the Ferry Terminal. Wheelchair-friendly ramps are also fitted on all split-level buildings and walkways.
Terminal Opening Hours
24 Hours / Day.
Parking at Dover Ferry Port
Short and long-stay parking is available to passengers at the multi-storey car park at the entrance to the Ferry Terminal.
More about Dover
Located on the south east coast of England in Kent, Dover port is one of the world's busiest ferry terminals: millions of cross channel ferry passengers pass through each year.
Due to its proximity to France, Dover has always been of great strategic importance to Britain. Archeologists have found evidence of people living here since the Stone Age, but when the Romans invaded, Dover became the Gateway to England, and one of the best-preserved Roman villas in Britain is located here.
Today, Dover welcomes millions of visitors every year. From it's famous white cliffs, to the impressive Norman castle and museums, to beautiful coastal views, to a thrilling Dover Sea Safari on a RIB speed boat or an activity at the Dover Sea Sports – there is something for everyone!
The White Cliffs of Dover
Made world-famous by Vera Lynn's wartime anthem, The White Cliffs of Dover are one of Britain's most spectacular natural features and an iconic landmark. The chalk cliffs are over 130 million years old, formed from sea shells and tiny fragments of sea creatures during the Cretaceous period. Today, you can enjoy the area all year round by taking one of the dramatic cliff-top walks which offer views of the busy English Channel and all the way to the coast of France.
If Dover is the Gateway to England, then Dover Castle is the Key! It has a fascinating history, starting well before the Romans, and taking in William the Conqueror, prisoners of King George III and the coordination of the Dunkirk evacuation. Come and explore for yourself.
Dover has plenty of hotels, campsites and other accommodation, along with a wide range of pubs and restaurants - find out more about Dover here.
The Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail
The Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail is a self-guided tour of historic Dover. Roughly two miles long, the trail takes in some of the most significant historic buildings, sites and monuments in the centre of Dover town and seafront. The trail is marked by 34 directional bronze pavement markers featuring the Bluebird logo. To download the free guidebook or app, visit doverbluebirdtrail.co.uk.
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