Dover Ferry Port

Offering the shortest Channel crossing between England and France, Dover ferry port is the most popular in England.

Catch a crossing to Dover ferry terminal on these routes:

Dover Ferry Port

Address: Eastern Docks, Dover, Kent, CT16 1JA, United Kingdom.

About Dover

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.

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

By car

From the M2, follow the A2 direct into Dover, or from the M20, follow the A20 again into Dover. Both the Eastern & Western Docks Ferry Terminals are clearly signposted.

By taxi

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.

By train

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.

By bus

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

Café/ Bar

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

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 Building.

Disabled Facilities

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.

Port information is provided by Eurodrive for guidance only.

More About Dover

The Port of Dover, backed by the famous White Cliffs, is situated in Kent in southeast England and is the UK's closest point to Continental Europe. As such, Dover has always been of importance to cross-Channel traffic. Every day of the year, frequent cross Channel ferries travel operate Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk in France. The Port of Dover is also a busy port for cruise shipping and a Mecca for pleasure boat owners. Originally established in 1606, Dover Harbour Board is responsible for the administration, maintenance and improvement of the Port at Dover, managing and piloting what is one of today's busiest drive-on, drive-off terminals in the world.

Dover Port History

The deep cleft in the hills formed in prehistoric times by the River Dour has always protected small ships plying across the Channel. The Romans even built a "Pharos", or lighthouse, on the cliffs on the east side of the valley. Royalty has taken a keen interest in the Port of Dover throughout centuries. Richard Coeur de Lion departed from Dover on the Third Crusade and in 1422 Henry V was brought back through Dover after his death in France. King James I gave Dover Harbour Board its Royal Charter in 1606 placing the Lord Warden and his "Board" in charge of running the port of Dover. The Port of Dover has gradually developed throughout the centuries to become the vast artificial harbour of 1050 acres it is today with depths of water up to 10.5 metres and berthing for ships up to 300 metres in length. Since WWII, further development of the port has taken place to keep pace with demand for both passenger and freight traffic. In 1978, a £12m Hoverport was opened at the Western Docks and, in 1953, Dover's first two drive-on drive-off ferry berths were opened at the Eastern Docks. This marked the end of cars and even coaches being craned on and off ferries. In the first year, Port of Dover expected to carry about 10,000 vehicles but demand was actually ten times that figure. More recently, The Port of Dover was used by 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches, with an annual turnover of around £60 million a year.

Dover Town Centre

Dover, with its Roman history, definitely deserves a visit. Main attractions include the old Lighthouse, one of the best preserved Roman constructions in Europe, the "Roman Painted House" in Priory Street, with its well preserved mural paintings and decorations, and Dover Castle with its breathtaking views of the town, along the coast and across to the hills of Calais. There has been a castle at Dover since the defences of an Anglo-Saxon fortress were strengthened by William of Normandy, who built the first earthwork castle in 1066 before moving on to London. This was rebuilt by Henry II in the 1180s. Besides the buildings, exhibitions and walks around the castle, you can also visit the network of secret tunnels cut deep into the white cliffs during the Napoleonic Wars, and which, until 1970, were operational underground shelters, ready for the possibility of nuclear attack. Visit also the Western Heights spanning some 170 years of history including the French revolutionary wars through to WWII comprising some 5 miles of dry ditches, numerous gun batteries and barracks and examples of some of the finest military architecture in the country. Dover offers plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. There is a wide variety of antique shops, numerous hair and beauty salons, Cinema, and for those who feel lucky, the Esplanade hosts a number of amusement arcades and there is a Bingo Hall. The Tourist Information centre can be found at The Old Town Gaol in Biggin Street. The white cliffs were made famous by the Vera Lynn song "White Cliffs of Dover" which aimed to fill soldiers with pride during WWII at what they were fighting for and where they would come back to. On the waterfront is the Dover esplanade, which features in particular the Prince of Wales pier, which has the white cliffs as a dramatic backdrop. There are also a variety of museums, which cover transport and also life in Dover starting with the ancient Celts and moving through to World War II and later. You can get bus tours and also the "White Cliffs Experience".

Find out more about Dover and the Port of Dover.