There are 4 ways to get from Dover to Southend-on-Sea by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train via Stratford International DLR Station  •  2 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Dover Priory to Stratford International
  2. Take the train from West Ham to Southend Central

$49 - $68

Cheapest option

Bus, line 100 bus, line 28 bus  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Dover, Pencester Road (Magistrates Court) to Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre) 007
  2. Take the line 100 bus from Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside) to Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) 100 / ...
  3. Take the line 28 bus from Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) to Southend-on-Sea, Whitegate Road (Warrior Sq) 28

$16 - $22

2 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Dover Priory to Rainham (Kent)
  2. Take the train from Rainham (Kent) to Greenhithe for Bluewater
  3. Take the train from Chafford Hundred to Southend Central

$45 - $64

Drive  •  1 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Dover to Southend-on-Sea 89 miles

$19 - $28

What companies run services between Dover, England and Southend-on-Sea, England?

You can take a train from Dover to Southend-on-Sea via Stratford International, Stratford International DLR Station, West Ham DLR Station, and West Ham in around 2 h 2 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dover to Southend-on-Sea via Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre), Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside), and Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) in around 4 h 56 min.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Dover Priory to Stratford International
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from Dover Priory to Rainham (Kent)
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$23 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $30
c2c
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Train from West Ham to Southend Central
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Train from Chafford Hundred to Southend Central
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Rainham (Kent) to Greenhithe for Bluewater
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Dover, Pencester Road (Magistrates Court) to Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre)
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside) to Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn)
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) to Southend-on-Sea, Whitegate Road (Warrior Sq)
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Dover and Southend-on-Sea is 62 km. The road distance is 142 km.

The cheapest way to get from Dover to Southend-on-Sea is to bus and line 100 bus and line 28 bus which costs £12 - £17 and takes 4 h 56 min.

The quickest way to get from Dover to Southend-on-Sea is to drive which takes 1 h 34 min and costs £14 - £21.

No, there is no direct train from Dover to Southend-on-Sea. However, there are services departing from Dover Priory and arriving at Southend Central via Stratford International DLR Station and West Ham. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 2 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Dover to Southend-on-Sea. However, there are services departing from Dover, Pencester Road (Magistrates Court) and arriving at Southend-on-Sea, Whitegate Road (Warrior Sq) via Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre), Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside) and Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 56 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 2 min to get from Dover to Southend-on-Sea, including transfers.