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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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11. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

If you go North of London to be picked up then head south to get to Dover that could be a mare on the M25. Train quickest but National Express may end up being reasonably priced and a less messing around with cases until you get there as you stash them in the boot as well.

Edited: 05 March 2013, 22:01
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12. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

Have you thought about boarding as a foot passenger and meeting them on the ferry? Easier to coordinate.

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13. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

Thanks for all your suggestions...and, please weigh in some more...yes, brittraveller, boarding as a foot passenger would be easiest but they have already purchased our tickets, so a van (with ample amounts of seatbelts) with 6 people it is then, and I would assume all six of us have to be present together to board.

If we take the fastest train (out of St. Pancras, I assume) would there be room to store our 2 (not large) suitcases?

Gratitude again for the assistance.

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14. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

There is indeed storage room on those Javelin trains. Someone will know for sure whether there are luggage racks at the end of each car as well as space underneath your seats or overhead.

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15. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

The Javelins have luggage racks at one end of each carriage, by the door, for suitcases, as well as overhead racks.

Edited: 06 March 2013, 14:38
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17. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

Thanks to all...especially rcspeirs who suggested taking the Javelin to Ashford Station (which I'm assuming is the same as the International Station where the Eurostar goes). By doing this, I save $$ on the ticket vs going to Dover Priory....and, the relatives (so far) seem to think this idea is fine with them.

Please, does anyone know of a website that shows the pickup area where we could stand & wait for them? As always, thanks in advance.

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18. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

You are right, Ashford International Station is now the name of the whole station as the domestic trains share the station with Eurostar.

The drop-off/pick-up point is at the front of the station. You can actually see it on Google Streetview with the words "Drop Off" painted on the road. You exit the station via the main entrance/exit, cross the bus lane then the next lane is the drop-off area.

Edited: 07 March 2013, 18:51
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19. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

It's not a big station, and this doesn't quite meet your brief.

But go to nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/, type in Ashford International, then scroll down to the bottom of page that follows. Click on "Station map" . They just head for the road in front of the station: you might want to hang around indoors and liaise by mobile phone

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20. Re: Best Means London to Dover Ferry

The ticket office/concourse area is glass fronted, so if the weather is rotten you can wait inside and keep an eye open for your friends to turn up.