Walking the White Cliffs of Dover is a peaceful and refreshing way to escape to the seaside, even for just a day. With scenic views of the coast and catching a glimpse of France on the Horizon, visiting Dover is a great idea for a day trip or a weekend away with the family. With Dover Castle also near the shore, take a look around the largest castle in the UK, and discover the history the castle and the town itself has played throughout the centuries for the UK. You can also take a look at the Dover Port, a hive of activity for trade in and out of the UK, as well as ferries that take you onto mainland Europe.

Visiting Dover by train

Taking the train to Dover gives you a scenic trip through Kent, where you can travel on the high-speed Southeastern train from London St Pancras International, or you can travel on normal speed services from Charing Cross, London Victoria and St Pancras. London to Dover by train will take you through the suburbs of south-east London, followed by Kent towns such as Gillingham, Deal and Canterbury, before arriving at Dover Priory station.

Trains to Dover from London take just over an hour using the high-speed Southeastern line. This train journey takes passengers on the same line as the Eurostar from London St Pancras International, stopping at Stratford International, Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International along the way. This has made day trips to Dover from London a great option for families who want to explore the White Cliffs of Dover and get there faster than by driving or taking a normal speed train.

There are plenty of things to do in Dover, and the train to Dover is the best way to do it cheaply and quickly. Whilst the White Cliffs of Dover is the most popular attraction, and quite rightly too, there are many other things to see in this charming Kentish town. Dover Priory station is just a short walk from the coastline itself, with Dover Port the hub of activity for trade across the English Channel and the rest of Europe. At the top end of the high street, you can find Dover Castle, the largest castle in the UK, and known locally as the ‘key to England’ due to its defensive importance in Medieval times.

Taking the train to Dover can not only be quick, cheap and easy to travel on, but it also gives you an opportunity to visit some fantastic attractions at the seaside. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main train station in Dover?

The main train station in Dover is Dover Priory. Check out live arrivals and station facilities for Dover Priory.

Which train companies run trains to Dover?

The primary operator of trains to Dover is Southeastern.

How do I find cheap tickets to Dover?

It's easy to bag cheap train tickets to Dover. We'd recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.

Are trains to Dover running?

There are frequent daily services to Dover, although there may be fewer services on weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Dover.

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