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Europe's busiest passenger port

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of passengers and trade. It is also an award-winning cruise port, the second busiest in the UK and hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. Other successful businesses include a cargo terminal, a top award-winning marina and several niche activities. The business mix is diverse. 

Driven by massive investment, state-of-the-art facilities, excellent modern transport links and award-winning customer service, the port is very much a 21st century operation. 

Just minutes from the Channel shipping lanes and less than two hours’ drive from London, Dover is perfect for travelling to Kent – it’s only 21 miles from France! All major ferry crossings operate from Dover, with journey times varying from 90 minutes to 2 hours. 

Catering for cars, motorcycles, coaches, freight and foot passengers, the Port operates a smooth and high-standard service, ensuring your journey is as perfect as possible. 

As one of Europe’s largest and busiest passenger ports, the Port of Dover has played a key part in history. Formed in 1606 by King James I, and with the spectacular White Cliffs welcoming visitors with a hearty English hello, it remains one of the most iconic and memorable parts of the Kent landscape, truly deserving of its title as the gateway to the UK and Europe.

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