Getting Around Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate
Getting around our coast is easy...
Thanet has a comprehensive network of bus routes connecting Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, and the villages, allowing you to make the most of your visit while remaining car-free.
Most of these are operated by Stagecoach, who offer a ‘Dayrider' ticket - ideal for exploring the area - allowing you unlimited hop-on / hop-off access to any any Stagecoach bus in Thanet all day long.
The Loop connects Margate, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate in a continuous cycle, up to every 7 minutes, and operates 7 days a week, from early morning until late evening. The number 8 Bus provides excellent links between Thanet and nearby Canterbury. Other Stagecoach buses provide easy access to the villages.
Concessionary bus passes are also valid on all services. Restrictions may apply. Please contact Stagecoach for more details.
Tel: 03456 002299
All rail stations in Thanet are served by the same line, making train travel between each place simple and quick. The three towns - Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate - each have their own rail station, as do Minster, Birchington, Westgate and Dumpton.
Train lines also continue to Sandwich, Deal, Dover and Folkestone along the Kent south coast, as well as to Herne Bay and Whitstable along the north coast. Direct trains also link Thanet with Canterbury, Ashford, and some mainline London stations (Victoria, Waterloo East, and Charing Cross.) Thanet also boasts a frequent High Speed rail service to London St Pancras and the International Eurostar terminus.
On Foot/By Bicycle
Each of the three towns can be explored easily on foot, and are connected along the coast by the Viking Coastal Trail, a 32-mile route which is shared by walkers and cyclists. The route can be easily divided into smaller sections, or combined with other similar trails around the Kent coast.
Two thirds of the route is off-road, so ideal for family walks or rides, and the route is also signed throughout for convenience. Free Visitor Maps, which show the Trail as well as the three town plans, are available from the Thanet Visitor Information Centre in Margate.
Cycle Hire -
- BikeShed - 71 Canterbury Road, Margate, CT9 5AS Tel:01843 228866
- Viking Coastal Trail Cycle Hire - The Parade, Minnis Bay, Birchington, CT7 9QR Tel:07772 037609 www.vctbikehire.co.uk
- Ride - Margate Train Station, Margate, CT9 5AD Tel:07775 609245 www.ridethanet.co.uk
- Harbour Bikes- Arch 20, Military Road,, Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, CT11 9LG Tel: 07834 377907 harbourbikes.co.uk
Please see this link to Thanet District Council's parking page for information about where to park:
Please note Blue Badge holders are required to register in advance at the Thanet Gateway to park in Trinity Square Car Park, Margate www.thanet.gov.uk/services/ticketless-parking/
Pierremonts: Ramsgate Train Station, Station Approach Road, Ramsgate, Kent. 01843 581122
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 144-146 Westwood Road, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2NR. 01843 605151
Central Cars: 01843 888888 www.centralcarsthanet.co.uk
Thanet Cars: 01843 333333 / 292929 / 595959 / 868686 www.thanetcars.com
United Cars: 01843 581581 www.unitedcarsthanet.co.uk