Getting around in Dover: info, costs and advice

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Dover is an important city in the United Kingdom, located in the extreme southeastern part of the island in proximity to the famous White Cliffs, also called White Cliffs, the main attraction of the place, together with the port and the castle. Moving around the English city is very simple, you can easily do it on foot or by bike, or use public buses to reach the most distant destinations. Trains also leave from Dover to London, and ferries for cruises to discover wonderful places.

Here is a guide on getting around Dover: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to Dover city center
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The city is well presented to be explored on foot, immersing yourself in nature and tranquility! But make sure you wear comfortable shoes! Also, on the streets of Dover, in addition to public buses, even the bicycle could prove to be a winning choice, especially along the routes surrounded by greenery. The alternative, unfortunately less green, is the taxi. There are numerous taxi companies in the city, but watch out for the prices!

To move around the extraordinary location of Dover you are spoiled for choice between trains and ferries. The latter, for example, connect it to the main European destinations through mini-cruises in the name of adventure and glistening glimpses (starting from € 45,00).

Additionally, Dover is often chosen as a day trip from London. In this case, the best choice is certainly to rely on an organized tour, as also includes transport, even to the main attractions! For example, starting from London you can choose the Cliffs and Canterbury tour or the even more complete one of Leeds Castle, Canterbury, Dover and Greenwich in one day!

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bicycle, by bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: day ticket (from £ 4,00 / € 4,40), weekly ticket (from £ 15,50 / € 17,00)

How to get from the airport to Dover city center

To reach the city of Dover by plane, the nearest airports are those of London, then Gatwick and Heathrow Airport. Both are more than an hour away, and from here you can travel to Dover by train, taxi or bus.

London Gatwick

  • Distance from the center: 125 km / travel time: 1 hour and 30 min;
  • By train: National Rail Inquiries line / ticket cost: from £ 50,00 (€ 55,00)
  • By taxi: average cost £ 160,00 (€ 175,00) / travel time: 1 h 30 min
  • By bus: average cost £ 28,00 (€ 30,70) / National Express line
  • Private transfer: private airport transfer service

London Heathrow

  • Distance from the center: 160 km / travel time: 1 hour and 40 min;
  • By train: National Rail Inquiries line / from £ 70,00 (€ 76,60)
  • By taxi: average cost £ 170,00 (€ 186,00) / travel time: 1 hour and 40 min
  • By bus: average cost £ 30,00 (€ 32,80) / National Express line
  • Private transfer: private airport transfer service

How to get around on foot

Walking along some of Dover's most impressive attractions, such as the world-famous White Cliffs, is possible but requires a suitable clothing and comfortable, comfortable shoes. To reach them easily and enjoy a wonderful day, we recommend that you take part in a half day excursion!

As for the equally famous Dover Castle, the walk will no doubt be less impervious and shorter.
In the inhabited center it is easy to move on foot. To cover long distances, however, remember that there are comfortable alternatives, especially recommended for those who do not like to walk too much.

Con i mezzi pubblici

In Dover the the only public transport available are buses, which will allow you to quickly reach any point of the city!

If you visit the city in a day on a day trip from London, the best choice is certainly to rely on an organized tour, as also includes transport, both to Dover and within the city and to the main attractions.


The city of Dover is well served by a dense network of public buses that allow fast travel to every corner of the city. The lines are 12, and cross Dover with a frequency ranging from 20 min to an hour.

The cost of ticket however, it is not among the cheapest, moreover the cost of the single journey is calculated based on the distance to be covered. It is more convenient to buy a ticket valid for 24 hours or directly a booklet valid for a week.

  • Downloadable map: bus-map-dover
  • by 6: 15 23 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from £ 3,20 (€ 3,50)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily from £ 4,00 (€ 4,40), weekly £ 15,50 (€ 17,00)

By car

Before driving for the first time in Dover, in general throughout the UK, you need to be well informed. The rules and behaviors to follow are different from the rest of Europe. And so if you want to rent a car on the spot, take into account among the many things that in the country the British Imperial System applies and you will need to study and become familiar with the miles per hour (1 mile = 1,61 km) and yards (1 yard = 0,91 m), and also with the speed limits because you will hardly find signs along the road, in fact the limits are given for known (in urban areas for example it is 48 km / h).

ZTL / Dover TAP

The Dover TAP (Traffic Access Protocol) is a program in force since 2015 that includes some traffic restrictions to help the residents of the city to carry out their activities without the inconvenience caused by traffic direct to the port.

Those rules are: a speed limit of 40 miles per hour for all vehicles reaching Dover from the west from the A20 (valid 24/24), in addition HGV drivers heading to the port must stay in the left lane of the A20, from the Roundhill Tunnel to the port. Anyone who does not respect the restrictions of this program risks hefty fines and even criminal consequences.

Stops and parking

If you are traveling with your own car, the best solution we recommend is to find an accommodation that provides the parking service to their guests, in order to always have the car in a guarded place close to you for any occasion.

In the city center of Dover, in any case, there are various comfortable rest areas to leave the car for up to 4 hours: a free one is Albany Place (Get directions), in Bench Street (£ 1,30 per hour / € 1,50 approx - Get directions), in Camden Crescent ( £ 1,30 per hour / € 1,50 approx - Get directions). In all car parks in the city you can pay in cash only.

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