Getting to our coast

How to get to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

We are situated on the southeastern tip of Kent, a unique location which provides us with a more temperate climate than some other parts of the country. Excellent road and rail links from London means that getting here is quick and easy, even the continent is just a hop across the Channel, as we are closer to France than our county town of Maidstone.

By Car
Excellent road links with the M20 and M2 motorways close-by provide easy links from London. Helpful route planners are:
If you're travelling from the continent you can drive straight onto the Eurotunnel train at Calais and in just 35 minutes you'll arrive in Folkestone. From Folkestone it is approximately a 1 hour drive to Thanet on the A20 and A256.
By Coach
National Express runs a national network of coach services. Coaches run from London Victoria to various stops in Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Birchington and Westgate and take approximately 2 hours. 
Tel: +44 (0) 8717 818181
Tel: +44 (0) 3717 818181 (disabled persons travel helpline)
Textphone: +44 (0) 121 455 0086                                                     
By Rail
There are frequent trains between London Victoria and Charing Cross, and Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Journey times are approximately 1 hour 50 minutes (Victoria) and 2 hours (Charing Cross).
National Rail enquiries
Tel: +44 (0) 8457 484 950
Textphone +44 (0) 845 6050 600
Southeastern Trains
Tel: + 44 (0) 845 000 2222
High Speed Trains
The High speed train service between St Pancras International Station, London and Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate means travelling from the capital is quick and easy. Journey time of around just 80 minutes. For times and ticket information visit and interesting facts about the service click here
The Eurostar passenger terminal in Ashford can connect with trains to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate (journey time approximately 20 to 40 minutes). Eurostar international service runs to Ashford and London from Brussels, Lille and Paris.
Tel: +44 (0) 3432 186 186
By Sea
P & O Ferries
Ferry service between Dover and Calais
Tel: +44 (0) 8716 616 464
DFDS Seaways
Ferry Service between Dover and Calais or Dunirk
Tel: +44 (0) 871 574 7235
Tel: (outside UK) +44 208 127 8303
By Air
From London Gatwick Airport it is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes drive to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, whilst Heathrow Airport is approximately a 2 hours drive away. Stansted, Luton and London City airports are all up to 3 hours drive away.
Visitors arriving at any of London's airports, who wish to travel by public transport to the area, must first travel to central London and change to a connecting coach or train service.
Further travel information can be found to plan your visit at Red Planet Travel