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travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

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Aiken, SC
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travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

We are finishing a tour in Dublin on 10/2 and will join a long repositioning cruise out of Dover on l0/4. What is the best way to do this? Travel by air or ferry and train combination? Where would be the best place to stay in Dover?

london
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1. Re: travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

there's a variety of ways and which you choose will rather depend on whether you want to get from Dublin to Dover quickly with the least amount of fuss, or whether you want to make it into a sightseeing journey

quickly would be a flight Dublin to London ... for instance Ryanair to one of the London airports (Gatwick, Luton or Stansted) ... and train to Dover, check on http://www.thetrainline.com/buytickets/?

scenic would be a ferry, for instance from Dublin to Holyhead or Liverpool (check on http://www.aferry.co.uk/) then train on to Dover ... this way you could spend a night at Liverpool or in north Wales on the way

Essex
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2. Re: travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

Air France fly Dublin to London City Airport, that would place you best IMO for trains to Dover. If you prefer, however, with several different airlines you can also fly to any of the other London airports, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted & Luton:

dublinairport.com/flight-information/…

UK
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3. Re: travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

<<you can also fly to any of the other London airports, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted & Luton>>

Taking into account extra charges for more than minimal luggage and complex travel to Dover, I suggest you forget the latter two.

Aberdeen, Scotland
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4. Re: travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

Should OP decide on ferry / train option best value is the combined sail / rail ticket. Cost from Dublin to Dover (or any train station in UK) is £30.50 or 40 euros if booked in Dublin. Unlike airline tickets price does not rise as journey date approaches - provided there is room for foot passengers on the ferry these prices would apply just a few hours prior to departure; furthermore there are no baggage restrictions or surcharges. Details: http://www.seat61.com/Ireland.htm

Above prices allow travellers to use the (usually more expensive) Javelin high speed trains from London St Pancras to Dover.

Edited: 2:06 pm, June 22, 2010
Albufeira, Portugal
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5. Re: travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

That's the way I would go, Hubbert's Peak.

Ferry to UK (Liverpool or Holyhead), train to London's Euston station, short walk along the road or short taxi ride if a lot of luggage to St Pancras Station then fast train from there to Dover Priory. Last leg of the journey a mile in a taxi from Dover Priory station to the cruise port.

Taking careful note of the time I am required to 'check in' at the cruise port of Dover of course! Maybe overnight in Dover if an early arrival is required as there is no overnight service by train within UK on that route.

Edited: 4:50 pm, June 22, 2010
Aberdeen, Scotland
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6. Re: travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

It's certainly an easy connection in Holyhead as ferry terminal and train station are within the same building thus it's only about 100m to walk to trains and there are no steps involved. There are a few direct trains from Holyhead to London Euston supplemented by a much more frequent service if one changes trains at Crewe. Sail / rail tickets don't tend to be train specific and ticket holders can normally board the first train out after ferry docks. It's around an 800m walk, mainly level and easy to find route, between Euston and St Pancras stations in London. A taxi would be useful for those with heavy luggage but I've walked between these 2 stations regularly and traffic congestion often makes it look as if it's quicker to walk!

On Irish Ferries from Dublin Ferryport to Holyhead large items of luggage are handled for foot passengers thus they only need to carry small items on and off the ferry.

Bingley, United...
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7. Re: travel from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, England

Given OP has two days to do this, I would suggest flying to Gatwick and staying overnight near St Pancras - perhaps Bloomsbury. Then they can have a full day in London itself to enjoy themselves

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