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Dover is a port town in Kent, South East England. The town is the closest port to mainland Europe, just 21 miles from France at Calais. The town is famed for its white cliffs, as well as Dover Castle, which features a Roman lighthouse, Saxon church as well as a network of tunnels underground.

Mainline train services operated by Southeastern arrive at Dover from towns and cities including London. If you are visiting the town, you are likely to be catching a boat from one of the busiest ports in the United Kingdom. The Port of Dover operates services to Calais, Dunkirk and Ostend.

Dover is a relatively small town, and therefore can be explored easily on foot. Bus services operated by Stagecoach East Kent are also available, offering services within Dover but also to neighbouring towns like Folkestone and Canterbury.

How to get to Dover from
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An alternative to the Dutch Flyer or International Rail options for travelling between London and Amsterdam is to catch a Eurolines coach. The route offers up to ten services between the cities each day, and it is one of the most carbon-efficient ways of travelling. On some services, Eurolines Plus coaches are used, which offer passengers DVDs and extra legroom. One other advantage of travelling by coach is the luggage allowance; each passenger is allowed two medium sized suitcases, a much greater free allowance than is offered by budget airlines.

Passengers must check in at least 30 minutes before the coach is due to depart (although they can check in from 1 hour before departure, and at London check in closes 15 minutes before departure). You will need to show your passport or travel documentation before being issued with a boarding card. If you are travelling with luggage, make sure it is labelled as it will be stored under the coach.

This route involves a sea crossing which, depending on which service you are on, will either by by Eurotunnel or by P&O ferry (except where stated). When you get to the port/train terminal, you will have to get off the coach and go through border control.