Travelling to London by train
Driving to London
National and International Journeys
Coming to England by boat
Travelling to London by Ferry
For some ferries will be their first choice, for others there is no alternative. Good news is ferries are now modern, safe and offer many amenities. Plus there are now really fast ships operating on selected routes – Seacats etc 35 – 40 knots. Prices range from bargain (10 UKP or so for foot passengers) to expensive (300 UKP return for plush club class overnight cabin & vehicle plus passengers).
The main route from France is Dover – Calais, 1hour 15 mins (Hovercraft/Seacat 30 mins)
From Dover to London use M20 then A20 (2 hours-2 hours30 mins)
The South Coast’s main ferry port is Portsmouth with routes to FRANCE: Caen, 6 hours; Le Havre, 6 hours; Cherbourg, 5 hours; St Malo, 9 hours; to SPAIN: Bilbao 33-34 hours.
From Portsmouth to London use A3 (2 hours-2 hours30 mins)
From the Netherlands Hook van Holland – Harwich, 7 hours.
From Germany (Hamburg – Harwich, 19-20 hours)
From Scandinavia (Esbjerg or Gothenburg – Harwich, 19 & 24 hours)
From Harwich to London use A120 then A12 (2 hours30 mins)
From Northern Ireland take ferry Belfast or Larne – Stranraer (Scotland), 2 hours.
From Stranraer A75 then M6 then M1 (7-9 hours)
From Dublin, Eire, travel from Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead (N.Wales), 4 hours
From Holyhead A5 then A55 then M56 then M6 then M1 (5-6 hours)
From southern Eire travel from Rosslare to Fishguard (W.Wales), 4 hours, onward to London Paddington.
From Fishguard A40 then A48 then M4 (5 hours)