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London to Harwich

We arrive in London on Sun., Aug 4 and need to be in Harwich Mon., Aug 5 and on board the Celebrity by 5:00 p.m. Should we take the train on Sunday in order to avoid crowds? Anything to do in Harwich Sun. afternoon? Do we have to change trains to get to Harwich? Is that a problem with luggage? We are staying in Edinburgh after the cruise. Would you advise the train from Harwich to Edinburgh and then the train back from Edinburgh to Heathrow?

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1. Re: London to Harwich

This is the relevant information according to the London Toolkit (a tourist website):-

Harwich is around 90 miles from London and by road about 115 miles from Heathrow Airport, at least a 2 hour journey with a clear road.

Of the main cruise terminals serving London, Southampton, Dover and Harwich, Harwich is the least accessible from Heathrow. Harwich is the other side of London from both main London airports, Heathrow and Gatwick so its not the most convenient transfer.

To travel to Harwich from Heathrow the key points are:

•There is no direct scheduled daily public transport between Heathrow and Harwich

•When a large cruise ship is in port, a cruise bus runs direct to the cruise terminal at Harwich

•The cruise bus departs Heathrow hotels around 9 a.m., it doesn't pick-up from passenger terminals, but in the return direction it does drop at passenger terminals.

•By public transport, the options available require three or more modes of transport booked independently of one another and will take around 3 hours or more.

London to Harwich Cruise Bus - More Details

This year a cruise bus shuttle has been introduced on dates when a Royal Caribbean or Celebrity cruise ship is visiting Harwich.

In the London to Harwich direction the bus picks up from hotels in all of the major hotel districts of Central London. The bus then goes onto Heathrow Airport where it will pick-up from a selection of Heathrow Airport hotels (but not passenger terminals) before going onto Harwich arriving around midday with a brief comfort stop at a large supermarket.

In the opposite Harwich to London direction there is a Meet n Greet service as you disembark. A short photo stop is made at the Tower of London before hotel drops in Central London and Heathrow. On this leg the bus will drop at any Heathrow passenger terminal or any mainstream Heathrow hotel. The service is scheduled to arrive at Heathrow about 1 p.m.

It is a long walk from the cruise ship dock to the centre of Harwich and most of the town will be closed on Sunday.

Hope this helps.

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Not much happens in Harwich, though nice to sit and watch the ships coming and going


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Harwich is more interesting than a lot of people would have you believe....

There is a good Heritage Walk through the town, that takes in 2 Lighthouses, a very early Cinema, a treadwheel crane and the home of the Captain of the Mayflower, ship of the Pilgrim Fathers, which IMO should interest most folk from "over the pond"

There's a fort you can visit, and the views over the Stour Estuary especially across to the massive container port at Felixstowe are interesting for some modern day commercial landscape.

There is an excellent restaurant within The Pier Hotel.


Tes, you could say it is a quiet place, but do not underestimate its charms.....

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Yes, you could easily pass a couple of hours wandering around Harwich - there are quite a lot of historical sights in a low-key way, and it's a picturesque little town. The cinema will have a show at 2:30pm and, it being August, there's a reasonable chance it might be beach weather. There's a good choice of eating places and some nice pubs.

Old Harwich, which is the bit you'd be interested in, is a long and awkward walk from the ferry terminal but literally three or four minutes on the train.

Alternatively, you could stay in the nearby much larger towns (small cities, really) of Colchester or Ipswich, where there are obviously more things to do. Both are on a direct train from London taking around an hour, and then the trip from either of them to Harwich takes less than an hour, involving one change.

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We are also on the RCCL cruise out of Harwich on Aug. 5th. Can you give us more info re the cruise bus that picks up at points in London going to the port? I have found that a private car costs almost $300! Thanks.

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< watch the ships coming and going >

For some reason I read that as "watch the shops coming and going"

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Laura, you need to speak to the cruise line about transfers.

To the OP, for the other question about trains to Edinburgh and Heathrow - there are no direct trains between those stops and Harwich.

From Harwich, take the train to London Liverpool Street then either the 205 bus or the Circle or Hammersmith & City Line to Kings Cross for the Edinburgh trains.

From Edinburgh to Heathrow, train to London Kings Cross then Piccadilly Line Underground straight to Heathrow in one hour



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Alanrow In my experience some shops do come and go quite quickly especially at Christmas, they usually seem to be selling cards or calendars

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I found this info from Greater Anglia Train Company.

‘’Special cruise ship boat trains will operate between London Liverpool Street and Harwich International to connect with cruise ships 'Brilliance of the Seas' and 'Celebrity Infinity' docking through the summer 2013 season at Harwich.’’

There is a boat train on Monday 5th August connecting to the OP's ship Celebrity Infinity.


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10. Re: London to Harwich

Great information. Thank you! How does one get from Harwich International to the port? Taxi?