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Best Means London to Dover Ferry

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Best Means London to Dover Ferry

Greetings...we are meeting up with relatives at the Dover Ferry on a Thurs. We will be staying in London near Marble Arch and I'm trying to figure out the fastest way (with luggage...1 bag for each of us) to get from London to the Ferry. I was thinking the National Express but would the tube make more sense? Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

Train.

Tube is the lLondon Underground, does not extend as far as Dover.

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2. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

What are you doing after you meet them?

The train only goes as far as Dover Priory, it does not go to the Ferry terminal. The coach would be the easiest - just check the timings as some take 45 minutes longer than others.

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Fast trains depart from St Pancras or slower trains depart from Charing Cross and Victoria. Fares vary between £32.30 (single per person) and £39.90 - depending on whether you travel on the high speed route or the "classic" route and whether you travel peak (before 0930) or offpeak.

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4. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

I'd say the most convenient (though not the quickest) would be to take one of the many buses from Marble Arch to Victoria, then walk to the coach station and take the National Express coach to the ferry port. Coaches leave hourly at xx:30, the journey time is 2hr20 to 2hr30 and the coach fare is £15 one way.

http://coach.nationalexpress.com

You could also take a half hourly train from Victoria to Dover Priory, and then walk to the ferry port. Trains take about 2 hours but the fare is £32.20, so that's double the fare for hardly any overall time saving.

The fastest overall way would be to make your way to St. Pancras and take Southeastern High Speed to Dover Priory.. There's an hourly service that takes just 1hr08, with the fare at £37.30 each.

http://www.directferries.co.uk/dover.htm

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5. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

Could your relatives make the short journey from Dover Ferry Terminal to Dover Priory railway station by the regular shuttle bus?

That way all you need to do is grab a taxi to London St Pancras International and get the train straight to Dover on the High Speed line. The journey by train takes exactly one hour.

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Thanks for the speedy replies...after we meet them (they are driving in their van to Dover from near Cambridge) we all get on the ferry and go to Calais.

They had suggested we take the tube as far north as possible and they would pick us up; but, since I'll be in the back of their van with two young children for a 4-day tour, we opted to just meet them at the ferry.

Do you think it would be hard to meet them at the ferry sight?

The train sounds like it would be faster to get to Dover; plus, no worries abt. slow traffic (as the bus might enounter) but then, we would have to factor in getting a taxi...please, weigh in...thanks again.

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7. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

To add to the comments already given, you should bear in mind that the coach - although cheaper and more convenient (drops you at the port) - often suffers delays due to traffic. My elderly mother (who loves nothing more that a coach journey) is often an hour late when she comes to visit.

The Eastern docks are not very pedestrian friendly. But you could meet at the booking hall (short stopping for cars just outside).

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8. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

It really wouldn't be much of an issue if you asked them to meet you at Dover Priory station, would it?

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9. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

Hmmn, not sure it is legal or safe for you to be irattling around in the back of a van....

Do you mean an MPV?? Where you will all have proper seats and seat belts???

Why not get the rellies to collect you from Dover Priory Station??

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10. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

In case there's a language barrier here..... Van over here means vehicle that people like UPS use to deliver parcels, and carrying passengers in the back of that would be illegal.

If it's actual what we'd call a people carrier, how about being collected at Ashford station? A short onward drive to Dover, but far more choice of trains for you..