Travelling to London By Ferry

Travelling to London by train
Travelling to London by train

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Travelling to London by ferry
Coming to England by boat

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Travelling to London by Ferry

English Channel
North Sea
Irish Sea

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).


Brittany Ferries
P&O Ferries
Stena Line

English Channel

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)

North Sea

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)

Irish Sea

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)