Dover Port Parking

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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.

If you are planning to drive to Dover Port you will find that it is easily accessible via a network of motorways and main roads. Alternatively, there is regular public transportation available, with a variety of options including trains, buses, coaches, and taxis.

If you require Dover Port parking, there are short stay and long stay port parking options available. Purple Parking can provide off-port parking for Dover at a reasonable and competitive price. For further information please complete the Quick Quote box above.

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.

Services at Dover


Our services explained

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.

Leisure and family 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.

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.

Special assistance

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.

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.