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Dover Port general information

If you’re cruising from Dover Port, we’ve collected the ‘must-know’ information you’ll need in one easy-to-read guide.

All about Dover Port

Founded in 1606, Dover Port has risen to prominence as Europe's busiest ferry port and the second busiest in the United Kingdom. Its enviable location, situated a mere 21 miles from the shores of France, has made it the closest English port to the continent, facilitating the seamless movement of millions of passengers, vehicles, and goods annually.

Dover Port serves as a vital gateway between Britain and Europe, welcoming 16 million passengers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles, and 86,000 coaches each year. Its strategic position has made it a crucial hub for trade, tourism, and cultural exchange.

Over the centuries, Dover Port has played a pivotal role in shaping the course of history. From serving as a vital landing point for Roman invaders to witnessing the momentous evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II, the port's rich tapestry is interwoven with the fabric of the nation.

Today, Dover Port stands as a testament to human ingenuity and perseverance. Its bustling activity serves as a beacon of connectivity, bridging the gap between nations and fostering economic prosperity.

Getting There

Nestled 70 miles from the bustling heart of London, Dover Port stands as a gateway to continental Europe. Accessible by road, the M20 motorway provides the quickest and most direct route, ensuring a smooth and stress-free journey. Upon arrival, a variety of port car parking options are available, catering to all needs and ensuring a seamless transition from land to sea. Find out more here   


Dover Port, the bustling maritime hub connecting Britain to the Continent, stands as a gateway to boundless possibilities. Its ferries ply the seas tirelessly, offering round-the-clock passage to Calais and Dunkerque, bridging the gap between the bustling shores of England and the captivating allure of Europe.

Beyond its role as a vital artery for vehicular and passenger transit, Dover Port is also a launchpad for exhilarating voyages into the unknown. Renowned cruise operators set sail from its docks, embarking on journeys that encompass the captivating beauty of Norway's fjords, the sun-drenched shores of the Canary Islands, and countless other captivating destinations scattered across the vast expanse of Europe.

From Dover's shores, dreams take flight, and adventures unfold. It is a portal to a continent brimming with rich cultures, captivating histories, and breathtaking landscapes. Whether seeking a brief respite from the ordinary or embarking on a grand odyssey, Dover Port stands as the gateway to a world of limitless possibilities.

Disabled Passenger Details

Dover Port is committed to providing accessible and inclusive travel for all passengers, regardless of their disability. Both of the port's main terminals are designed to offer easy and convenient access for disabled passengers, with a range of features and services in place to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.


Dover Port offers a range of shopping options for travelers, catering to those looking for last-minute essentials or unique souvenirs. Within the port's terminals, passengers can find WHSmith outlets stocked with books, magazines, and travel necessities, as well as Costa Coffee kiosks for a quick caffeine fix. For those seeking more extensive shopping, the nearby St James Retail and Leisure Park boasts a variety of high-street brands, including Marks & Spencer, Next, and H&M. Additionally, the historic town center of Dover is just a short walk away, offering a charming array of independent shops and boutiques. Whether you're looking for a gift for a loved one or simply need to stock up on supplies, Dover Port has something to meet your shopping needs.

Where to Eat

Dover Port offers a variety of dining options to cater to all tastes and budgets. For those looking for a quick bite, there are several fast food outlets available, such as Burger King, Subway, and Starbucks. If you are looking for something more substantial, several pubs and restaurants are serving both traditional British fare and international cuisine. Some of the most popular options include Calcutta Port, an Indian restaurant with a 4.4-star rating on Google Maps; Bella Vita at Dover Marina, an Italian restaurant with a 4.2-star rating on Google Maps; and MPW Restaurants, a seafood restaurant with a 4.1-star rating on Google.

Wi-Fi access

Travellers embarking on journeys across the English Channel can now enjoy complimentary wireless internet access at the Port of Dover's Eastern Docks. This initiative aims to enhance the overall experience for passengers and seafarers alike, providing them with a convenient way to stay connected while in transit.

Port map

Dover Port map

Dover Dock, Dover, Kent, CT16 1LT


Dover is accessible via the M20 and the A2. Choose post code CT16 1JA when using satnav.