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Dover to London

by mlaskin100

I will be arriving into Dover on a cruise ship. What is the easiest way to get into London for the day? How long does it take.

Thanks

Re: Dover to London

by leics

You can take the train into London, or the long-disance coach.

The latter is cheaper, but slower and prone to getting caught in traffic congestion.

Neiuther leaves from where your ship will dock, so you will first need bus or taxi (or walk, depending on you & where your ship is) to Dover station/bus station.

You can find train times, details and fares here:

www.nationalrail.co.uk

Journey time from Dover Priory station to London St Pancras, on the direct train, takes 1h 7m and costs from 31.70GBP one-way off-peak.

www.nationalexpress.com will give you coach (long distance bus) times, fares and booking (advisable). Coach takes 2h 45m to London Victoria coach station, fares from 6GBP one-way.

Re: Dover to London

by TheLongTone

The cruise ships all dock in the Western harbour, right by what used to be Dover Marine station. There's a cab service from there to Dover Priory station. It's a not very appealing half-hour walk.

I'm astonished by the 1hr 7 mins to St Pancras. (And I just looked it up, so I know it's true!)....last time I did the London-Dover rail journey it took an agonising two hours.

Re: Dover to London

by leics

They must have fiddled with (ok, upgraded?) the line, I imagine.

:-)

Re: Dover to London

by TheLongTone

It's the massive engineering project to do with Eurostar, ie from Ashford International to London. The service to Charing cross still takes the same amount of time.

Re: Dover to London

by leics

Aha! St P is the key.....

Re: Dover to London

by cubsur

Yes indeed, from December 2009 the brand new Japanese built fast trains between Dover and London have been using the same high-speed line as Eurostar. Trains travel at a scheduled 125mph beyond Ashford into London and are capable of 140mph if required to make up for late running.

Of course the fare on the high speed line is higher than on the slower trains still using the old routes into Charing Cross or Victoria. Also bear in mind that whereas Charing Cross station is within an easy walk of London's West End (Trafalgar Square etc) the new St Pancras Station is a couple of miles to the north, so you have to factor in a few minutes travel on the London Underground and perhaps the additional cost.

Buy a London Travelcard ticket at Dover Priory Station if you can, as that will include a day pass for all the London buses and Underground (subway) trains. That's saves money and saves your feet.

Travel Tips for London

Sighseeing Buses

by Imbi

If you don’t fancy walk around the city or you cant afford to take a cab to go to beautiful places of London or may be you are visiting first time and have very short time to see important places, then take one of the sightseeing buses.
These are not very expensive and have guide who explains the history of each place.

the national gallery is a must...

by weibin

the national gallery is a must see
i am not a very 'art' person but still all the paintings had fascinated me enough to buy a art book! the musicals are also quite nice. you could buy the tickets at the theatre where the musical is showing or buy from the half price booth at the day of the show.

Free Stuff

by tvor

London is quite large and it isn't cheap. Still, there's plenty to do and see in London that doesn't cost you a penny. Museums and galleries, all the major ones, are free for regular collections. There are plenty of churches that don't charge and have some lovely stained glass, sculpture and history and if Cathedrals are your thing, there's always Westminster Cathedral (the red and white brick one), Southwark Cathedral and St. George's Southwark.

Major museums and galleries that are free:
British Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
Natural History and Science Museum
Imperial War Museum
National Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
Wallace Collection
Sir John Soane's Museum
Museum of London
Tate Britain and Tate Modern

Lots of smaller places as well. Some of the major attractions that do charge, charge quite a lot such as Madam Toussaud's, the Tower of London, the London Eye and even St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey charge admission now but check guide books because some of them have a free evening or discounted admission an hour before closing.

See the website below for a complete listing of galleries, museums, large and small with maps and links to their websites for full information

London Free Stuff

Famous Phone Boxes

by DEBBBEDB

These iconic public telephone kiosk (painted red to make them easy to see) designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, is a familiar sight on the streets. Our kids like to have their photos taken. The 2009 photos have the crown on the box. The 2002 photo (photo 3) do not.

According to the very courteous and efficient people at British Telecom Payphones, of the over 15000 red kiosk pay phones, based on the designs by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, that are currently deployed throughout the United Kingdom, 946 are in London.

Since pay phones are becoming less and less common due to increased use of cell phones, you can actually ADOPT a kiosk

Polite people 'give the finger'

by gussymons

'Giving the finger' is one of the most honorific forms of saying thank you, normally only reserved for royalty. Thats right, folks.

However it is more and more common to 'give the finger' at supermarkets, in the Post Office, at train stations and even at strangers in the pub in the East End.

My advice is to copy the picture opposite and learn how to 'give the finger' and inject some of your own warm feelings of gratitude to the forgiving British public.

Bottoms up!

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