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London Cruise Terminal Port Information

By cruising from London Tilbury, you can enjoy a cruise holiday to amazing worldwide destinations. 

There are plenty of ways to get to London Tilbury for your cruise, including by car, taxi or coach. If you are travelling here by car, you can get your car parking permit arranged through us. For more information, see our detailed guide below.

Address: London International Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7NG

London Tilbury Port Information

Tilbury became the only port in the Port of London Authority to serve cruise liners from 1916. With the need for expanded facilities, a large new passenger landing stage was constructed in the Thames with rail connections in May 1930. In 1992 the port was privatised to be part of the Forth Ports organisation that is currently restoring the Grade II Listed terminal to its former glory.

Many people who embarked on ships such as RMS Mooltan from Tilbury set off for a new life in Australia during the 1960s and was known as the 'Ten Pound Poms'.

The London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury, Essex is situated on the River Thames just 25 miles east of London.

Getting there

By Road to the car park

From the West:

Leave the M25 at Junction 30 and follow the A13 eastbound (Tilbury and Southend).

Take the A1089 (third exit off the A13) which is a dual carriageway, to the ASDA roundabout.

Take the third exit off the roundabout and keep in the left-hand lane, you will pass the Railway station on the left, do NOT go into the main port entrance keep going straight.

Just past the pedestrian traffic lights there is a right hand turn with signs Cruise Terminal and Ferry, turn right here.  

When you come to a mini roundabout (you will see the terminal by now in front of you), turn left  into the car park.

From the East:

Follow the A13 towards the M25 and leave the A1089 exit and continue as above.

Pick Up/Drop Off

Guests are able to be picked up or dropped off directly outside the main terminal building. This is a small area. To avoid congestion, please only arrive at your designated embarkation time & only arrange pick up for your disembarkation time.

For the pick up/drop off area, follow the directions above, but instead of turning left into the car park, continue on to the next mini roundabout turn right and immediate left. This is the Cruise Terminal.

Dartford Crossing

For those guests travelling on the QE2 Bridge between Kent & Essex, please remember you will need to pay the Dartford Charge within 24 hours of crossing the bridge. Payment can be made by calling 0300 300 0120 or via the Dartford Crossing website.

By Coach

For guests who are booked onto the coach service from Victoria Coach Station, please ensure you arrive into Victoria in good time as the coaches must depart in our allocated time slot. Any guests with connecting travel arrangements, please ensure your connecting train/coach service arrives into Victoria in plenty of time & allows for any delays or traffic congestion.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Tilbury Town, which is approximately a 20 minute walk from the terminal.

By Air

London City Airport – Approximately one hour from the port.

Gatwick Airport – Approximately one hour fifteen minutes from the port.

Stansted Airport – Approximately one hour fifteen minutes from the port.

Heathrow Airport – Approximately two hours from the port.

These timings are approximate & dependent on traffic conditions.

By Taxi

  • Tilbury Taxis – 01375 855555

  • Imperial Taxis – 01375 405056

  • A5 Taxis – 01375 375888

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