Dover Port Parking
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Dover Port Parking
You can save a great deal on parking at Dover Port by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange off-port parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners Relyon Ferry Parking and Relyon Cruise Parking who are located in Dover just 3 miles away from the port’s terminals. They provide Park & Ride services which offer secure parking and frequent courtesy transfers to and from the port which take less than 10 minutes.
Dover Port is a cross-channel port situated on the Kent coast which is easily accessible by car. The port is located in Dover, at the end of the A2 and A20 main roads.
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Parking Services at Dover Port
At Dover Port, Purple Parking offers Park and Ride services operated by:
With Park & Ride, simply drive yourself to Relyon Parking which is located less than 4 miles from Dover port’s terminals. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax whilst you are driven to the passenger terminals. On your return, a courtesy bus will take you straight back to the car park and your car which will be ready for you to collect.
Facilities at Dover Port
Transport Facilities - Short and long-stay parking is available to all passengers at the main multi-storey car park at the entrance to the Ferry Terminal. Parking is also available close to the Cruise Terminal. Purple Parking can arrange port parking for Dover Port with our parking partners located less than four miles away from the port. They operate an efficient and competitively priced Park and Ride service.
The closest rail station to the port is Dover Priory which is a 5 minute taxi ride from the port. Southeastern Trains run services to Dover from London Victoria; Charing Cross and St. Pancras International as well as local destinations. At Dover Priory station there are regular shuttle bus services to the Eastern Docks Ferry Port which leave from the bus stop outside the station entrance every 20 minutes. Shuttle buses leave the Eastern Docks Ferry Port 07.00 - 20.40. Please note there is a small charge for this service.
Stagecoach also operates local bus services between the Ferry Port and the town centre. Regular National Express/Eurolines Coach services travel to Dover from London Victoria Coach Station.
The Dover Port provides a range of facilities for travellers including disabled passengers.
Leisure Facilities - Dover Port has a small range of shopping and eating facilities. There are also foreign currency exchange facilities, telephones, toilets and trolleys available throughout the Port's passenger buildings.
Facilities For Disabled Passengers - Dover Port's Travel Centre has low level activated doors. P&O Ferries operate a Mobility Bus transfer service for disabled passengers and wheelchair users. For further information on disabled assistance, please contact your ferry operator.
Unisex disabled toilets are situated in various passenger areas throughout the Ferry Terminals. They can be found at the Travel Centre and both Passenger Services Buildings - East and West Arrivals Buildings.
Disabled parking bays can be found on the first two floors of the Multi Storey Car Park. Tickets for the car park are issued by machine on entry, parking is paid for at the Pay Stations located in the Arrivals Building before collecting your car. If you have any difficulties with this facility, press the 'help' button and you will be connected directly through to another office for assistance.
If you receive Higher Rate Disability Living Allowance, you may park in the reserved car parking bays in a specially designated car park, which is ideal for wheelchair users. When you first use this car park, you will need to show proof that you qualify for the Higher Rate Allowance at the Pass Office in the Travel Centre. The staff will then issue you with an "R" badge to display on your dashboard that will permit you to enter and use the car park for unlimited subsequent visits. Please note that a pay and display scheme operates at this car park, so you need to have your money available when you arrive.
Induction loops to amplify announcements or conversations for passengers wearing aids are available within the main Ferry Terminal buildings. Just look for the distinctive 'ear' symbols.
About Dover Port
Dover Port is a cross-channel port situated in Dover, Kent in the south-east of England. It is the UK's busiest port and one of the largest passenger ports in Europe. It is the nearest UK port to France which is just 21 miles away.
The Port of Dover handles over 16 million passengers and 1.6 million cars and motorcycles each year. Dover Port is known as the 'Gateway to Europe' as it provides cross-channel ferries to France as well as handling cruise liners to destinations in Northern Europe.
Dover Port is owned and operated by the Dover Harbour Board whose members are mostly appointees of the Department of Transport.
Dover Port has 3 cross-channel ferry operators providing crossings to Calais and Dunkerque. It is also a port of call for 3 cruise line operators that operate cruises around Northern Europe.
The History of Dover Port
Dover's location on the south-east tip of England and in close proximity to the Continent, gives it great importance to cross-Channel traffic and the origins of today's Dover Port can be traced right back to Roman times. The fissure in the surrounding hills formed in prehistoric times by the River Dour, has always provided protection to the small ships that crossed the narrow Strait of the English Channel.
Julius Caesar referred to Dover as the "Haven between the Hills" in his reports and evidence that the Romans used the port exists to-day in the form of the "Pharos", or lighthouse, on the cliffs on the east side of the valley.
King James I gave Dover Harbour Board its Royal Charter in 1606 placing the Lord Warden and his "Board" in charge of running the port. The present Board was created and incorporated by statute and is, therefore, a statutory body and has no shareholders to whom it is answerable.
Early in the 19th Century, it was proposed that a haven of refuge for the fleet should be constructed in Dover Bay and, in 1847, the Government commenced the construction of the Admiralty Pier, which was envisaged as the Western Arm of this proposed haven. In 1897, construction commenced on the Eastern Arm, the Southern Breakwater and the extension to the Admiralty Pier. This work, which is generally acknowledged to be one of the greatest feats in port construction of its time, was completed in 1909. The gradual development of the port throughout the centuries has produced the vast artificial harbour of to-day, with depths of water up to 10.5 metres and accommodation for shipping up to 300 metres in length. The total area, owned by the Dover Harbour Board, is approximately 1050 acres, of which 700 is water.
Since the last War, considerable development has taken place at the port to keep pace with the demands from passengers, tourist cars, and roll-on roll-off freight. In 1953, Dover's first two drive-on drive-off ferry berths were opened at the Eastern Docks. Until then cars and even coaches had been craned on and off ferries.
Roll-on, roll-off freight came to Dover in 1965, replacing the previous tedious and often expensive procedure of loading a vehicle at the factory, off-loading into the hold of a ship and repeating the process at the foreign port of call. In the first year the Port of Dover handled a few hundred lorries. This quickly became thousands per year and Dover currently handles over 1.8 million lorries a year.
In the summer of 1978 a £12m Hoverport was opened at the Western Docks following the reclamation of 15 acres of land.