Harwich International station

This is the Harwich web-site’s main travel page. The page is divided into these categories:

Getting to Harwich by road
Getting to Harwich by road
Train services Train services
Airport links Airport links to Harwich
Ferries Ferries
Cruises Cruises
Local bus services Local bus services
Taxis Taxis
Accommodation Accommodation
Transport contacts Local transport contacts
Tourist Information Tourist Information


All ferries operate from Harwich International Port (formerly Harwich Parkeston Quay).

The port is served by train to Harwich International station, by the local (to and from Harwich and Dovercourt) 20 and 20A bus services, and is clearly signposted by road on the A120.

Passengers can use the fast Boat Train service operated by Anglia Railways from London Liverpool Street. This is scheduled to connect with ferry sailings. If bad weather or other problems delay or prevent ferry sailings the Anglia Railways staff at Liverpool Street will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Alternatively Airport Cars and Harwich Taxis operate a taxi service between Harwich and the main airports.

Harwich — Hook of Holland

This route is operated by Stena Line who run ferries to Holland twice daily. For 24-hour up to date sailing information, visit the website or call the Ferrycheck service on 08705 755755.

Harwich — Cuxhaven
Harwich — Esbjerg

These routes are operated by DFDS Scandinavian Seaways. (Note that the Cuxhaven route has replaced the Hamburg route with effect from March, 2002.) Up-to-date travel information is available on the DFDS web-site. For any other enquiries you should telephone DFDS Scandinavian Seaways in the UK on +44 (0)1255 240240 (Monday to Friday 0830-2000; Saturday 0830-1700; Sunday 1000-1600).

DFDS Seaways
Scandinavia House
CO12 4QG
DFDS travel.sales@dfds.co.uk

The Harwich, Felixstowe & Shotley Foot Ferry

This operates a triangular route from Harwich Quay. The Foot Ferry has its own page on this web-site: click the ‘Ferry’ button on the button-bar.

Entering the Passenger Terminal
The Cruise Terminal at Harwich International Port
Inside the Cruise Terminal

All cruise ships operate from Harwich International Port.

Passengers should check with their cruise operator or travel agent to see if a coach service is in operation from Heathrow and Gatwick airports (in the case of American cruise operators) or other UK destinations (in the case of UK cruise operators) to Harwich before making their own connection arrangements.

Passengers making their own way to the port by train should disembark at Harwich International station and follow signs at the platform. Porterage assistance is usually available. You need to make your way to the car park — there are lifts and escalators — where you can catch the courtesy bus to the terminal, or you can walk with porterage if you prefer.

Train services to the port are operated by First Grest Eastern. We have links to their web-site and various others that might help you plan your journey — go to the trains page.

Passengers arriving by car should follow signs for the Cruise Car Park: go straight ahead after entering the port, then turn right immediately after the security check point. The car park is on the left. You can catch the courtesy bus from here.

Airport Cars and Harwich Taxis operate a taxi service between Harwich and the main airports.

Those planning an overnight stay in Harwich or Dovercourt should see the Contact Point page for details of accommodation in the area and those interested in history should definitely visit old Harwich with its fascinating buildings and narrow streets: click ‘essential’.


Local buses serve Colchester and Clacton as well as the immediate Harwich, Port and Dovercourt area. There are also more infrequent rural services. For bus timetable information on the County Council web-site, click the Three Scimitars button.

The principal bus operator in the area, First Eastern National, makes a route map (in PDF format) and a service frequency guide available on its web-site.


A&B (01255) 240042
Harwich Taxis (01255) 551111 The Harwich Taxis web page
Sovereign Taxis (01255) 553355
Starling’s (01255) 503000

This table is for information only. The Editors do not endorse the services of any firm and are not empowered to deal with complaints.


For overnight accommodation in the area please see the Contact Point page — there’s a special button on the button-bar. You can also search the English Tourist Board web-site or the AA web site for establishments inspected and approved by these two organisations.

transport contacts
First Eastern National
Essex Buses Ltd.
New Writtle Street
Chelmsford CM2 0SD
+44 (0)1245 262828 (Chelmsford)
+44 (0)1206 366911 (Colchester)
First Eastern National Customer Services colin.riches@firstgroup.com
GER updates First Eastern National web-site

Eastern National local office
Bus Station
Main Road
CO12 3NA
+44 (0)1255 502866

National Express East Anglia
Norwich Railway Station
Station Approach
Enquiries: 0845 600 7245 (option 7)
One Anglia National Express East Anglia web-site

DFDS Seaways
Scandinavia House
CO12 4QG

Stena Line UK Ltd.
Charter House
Park Street
TN24 8EX
Mail Stena Line info.uk@stenaline.com

Essex County Council ‘essexBUSLINE
0345 000333

Rail Users’ Consultative Committee
Dissatisfied rail customers wishing to pursue a complaint about services outside London may write to the Secretary at this address:
RUCC for Eastern England
Crescent House
46 Priestgate
+44 (0)1733 312188

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