Getting to and around kent

Getting to Kent, in the south-east corner of England, is easy by car, coach or train. And once you're here, you can travel around smoothly thanks to an excellent road network and efficient local rail and bus services. London is just half an hour away and France is a short hop across the Channel, so you also have the option of combining a stay in the Garden of England with splendid days out elsewhere.

Driving

Choose your own pace. The M2 and M20 motorways run through the heart of Kent, linking all major towns and cities. Or take to well-signposted country roads. For help with mapping your journey, visit www.theaa.com and click onto ‘AA Route Planner Great Britain'.

Public Transport

Regular train services run to all major towns in Kent. For example, you can travel by rail from London Victoria, Waterloo (East), Charing Cross, Cannon Street and London Bridge, as well as from the rest of Southern England. Southeastern Trains offers ideas on its website for outings from London to Kent by rail.

If you are travelling from London by train to Kent you can find lots of useful information on our 'Visit Kent by Train' microsite including a dedicated London to Kent journey planner listing popular Kent attractions, the close stations, journey time from London and price.

Or sit back on a National Express coach, operating from London's Victoria Coach Station to many parts of the Garden of England. You can get timetable information for Kent's local bus network from Traveline.

National Rail
Tel: 08457 484950 - www.nationalrail.co.uk
Public transport
Tel: 01622 605095 - www.kent.gov.uk
Southeastern
Tel: 0845 000 2222 - www.southeasternrailway.co.uk

 

By Sea

Groups can find thier sea legs with P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways who both operate 90 minute services fromm Calais to the Port of Dover. DFDS also operates and additional two-hour crossing from Dunkerque.

Coaches can drive straight onto the Eurotunnel le Shuttle at Calais for a 35 minte journey to Kent. 

By Air

From Gatwick you can hire a car and be in the heart of the county in just 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can catch the frequent Gatwick Express train direct to London's Victoria Station (30 minutes) and then hop onto a train to one of Kent's mainline stations.

Those arriving at Heathrow can again hire a car and travel into Kent via the M25 and M20/M2 motorways, or catch the Heathrow Express train into London where you can transfer onto trains to all parts of Kent.

Stansted airport also offers easy access to Kent via the M11 and M25 motorways.