Dover travel guide

Dover Tourism | Dover Guide

You're Going to Love Dover

With a population of 28.156, Dover is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. Consider staying at least one whole day in Dover to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Dover

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Marquis (Alkham Valley Rd) and Coastguard (Bay Hill St Margarets Bay) are great picks.

When to visit Dover

Dover in January
Estimated hotel price
£52
1 night at 3-star hotel
Dover in January
Estimated hotel price
£52
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Dover

Plane

Although Dover doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), which is located 103 km from Dover. The shortest domestic flight to Dover departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Dover, followed by Train. The train journey from Dover to Birmingham takes 1h 33m and costs around £25 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about £25 for a 1h 34m trip. Located 8 km from the city centre, Dover Shepherds Well is the busiest station in Dover. Another popular train station is Dover Priory, located 0.9 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Dover is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 107 km from Dover. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Dover, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Birmingham, the bus ride to Dover takes 217 km and will cost you around £6. From Bristol, the ticket costs about £7 for a journey of 225 km. The most popular bus station is Dover Ferry Port Bus, located 2.2 km from the city centre of Dover. Dover Town Centre is also a commonly used station, and is 1.1 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Dover doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), which is located 103 km from Dover. The shortest domestic flight to Dover departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Dover, followed by Train. The train journey from Dover to Birmingham takes 1h 33m and costs around £25 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about £25 for a 1h 34m trip. Located 8 km from the city centre, Dover Shepherds Well is the busiest station in Dover. Another popular train station is Dover Priory, located 0.9 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Dover is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 107 km from Dover. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Dover, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Birmingham, the bus ride to Dover takes 217 km and will cost you around £6. From Bristol, the ticket costs about £7 for a journey of 225 km. The most popular bus station is Dover Ferry Port Bus, located 2.2 km from the city centre of Dover. Dover Town Centre is also a commonly used station, and is 1.1 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Dover

Lufthansa
Good (4,555 reviews)
KLM
Good (844 reviews)
SWISS
Good (908 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,345 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,570 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,274 reviews)
Air France
Good (966 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,536 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (480 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,898 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,102 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,474 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,616 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Finnair
Good (878 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (821 reviews)
LOT
Good (676 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,135 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (907 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (826 reviews)
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Where to stay in Dover

Average rates range from around £78 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £124 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Dover

Most booked hotels in Dover

Marquis Of Granby
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£124+
Holiday Inn Dover
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£85+
Royal Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£140+
Waterfront Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£50+
Dunkerleys Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£77+
The Clarendon Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
£88+

Hiring a car in Dover

Hiring a car in Dover costs £46 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.45 per litre in Dover (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.31 and £23.08. The most frequently booked car type in Dover is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Vauxhall Astra or similar) is, on average, 72% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Dover costs £46 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.45 per litre in Dover (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.31 and £23.08. The most frequently booked car type in Dover is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Vauxhall Astra or similar) is, on average, 72% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.