The cruise terminal of Harwich has very little facilities.
For airport transfers check here.
Benefiting from a railway station within the Port, passengers are able to arrive via regular direct services from London Liverpool Street. When large cruise ships dock more trains are scheduled. It takes about 80-100 minutes to arrive in the center of London. Train schedules in the weekend can be cumbersome due to rail maintenance. Check carefully before you plan. The train station in port is Harwich International.
In most cases off peak day tickets are not available for travel on trains arriving in London before 1000 or departing from London before 0930. Travel is also not permitted on services departing from London between 1629 and 1834 Monday to Friday.
However if you leave Harwich at 8.33 AM and return with the 4 PM train from Liverpool station, will give you adequate time to explore London, and a off peak ticket will do.
Off Peak Day Travel card Unlimited off-peak travel by bus, train, tube for one day on any permitted route. 1 Adult(s) @ £34.80. The Peak fare = £55.80 (Train only 30.10 and 48.00). When getting off the ship just walk straight to the first platform, turn right and the last door on the right will be the ticket office. You will depart from the opposite platform, and will most often have to switch trains in Manningtree (10 minutes from Harwich) the next train into Liverpool station will be on the same platform.
Combining train and a hop on/off ticket will easily give you a substantial reduction compared to a cruise organized excursion. Especially since most hop on/off operators include a boat trip on the Thames, which is very enjoyable.
For GPS users: Parkeston, Harwich, Essex, CO12 4SR, United Kingdom.Hotels near the Cruise Terminal
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Harwich is a busy coastal town and international port located on the estuary of the rivers Stour and Orwell in north-east Essex, England. The town is a historically important port which has provided a sheltered anchorage for shipping through the ages. The old town of Harwich is a conservation area containing many historic buildings. However it is not a destination in itself, a half an hour is more than sufficient here.
From the cruise dock take the train to Dovercourt (Center of Harwich), about 2.50 euro return ticket.
Tour and Explore Enjoy your trip around London on the top deck of one of our double decker buses. You almost get a birds eye view of London's famous attractions. You stop at over 80 places, so you can hop-off, explore, have lunch, then hop-on the next bus along. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time that you first hop-on. The buses run from 10am until 6pm 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Free River Cruise included in the tour price.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Harwich is well located for a number of major visitor destinations and attractions ideal for cruise itineraries. These include Colchester (Britain's oldest recorded town), Constable Country, the perfectly preserved ancient wool town of Lavenham and the Sutton Hoo Saxon burial site. The UK's capital London and historic Cambridge are also within easy reach.
Shopping and food is very limited in Harwich.
The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.
Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.
English is spoken throughout the country, but sometimes with heavy accents!
Internet access is widespread. Internet cafés and WiFi can be found in cities and large towns, check the city pages for details. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though time is rationed.
All trains from Manningtree to London Liverpool, about an hour ride, have WiFi onboard, about 3 euro for a day ticket.
Shopping hours are in general:
Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm)
Larger stores in general stay open till' 9PM
Hyper marts often 24/7
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