Thanet Loop Bus Service driving pass a field
Thanet Loop Bus Service

Getting Around

Getting around our coast is easy...

For information on accessible travel, click here

By Train

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 South Kent 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 direct rail service to London St Pancras and the International Eurostar terminus.

www.southeasternrailway.co.uk

By Bus

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.
www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey
Tel: 03456 002299

The Stagecoach Bus App with a journey planner, live bus times and paperless tickets, is available free on the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android). Click the buttons below to download, or search Stagecoach Bus on the App Store or Google Play store

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 -

By Taxi
Central Cars: 01843 888888 www.centralcarsthanet.co.uk
Thanet Cars: 01843 333333 / 292929 / 595959 
United Cars: 01843 581581 

By Car
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/

FREE CAR PARKING is available at the following car parks every Saturday: Mill Lane - Margate, Harold Road - Cliftonville, St Peter's Park Road - Broadstairs and Cannon Road- Ramsgate 

Electric Car Charging Points

  • Birchington - Albion Road Car Park - 1 bay
  • Margate - Mill Lane Car Park, CT9 1LB - 2 bays
  • Margate - Turner Car Park, Rendezvous, 2 bays
  • Broadstairs - Westwood Cross Shopping Centre, CT10 2BF - 5 bays (2 multi-charge, 1 Tesla and 2 Podpoint which require an app) 
  • Broadstairs - Sainsbury's Car Park, CT12 5FJ - 6 bays 
  • Ramsgate - Leopold Street Car Park, CT11 9EF - 2 bays 
  • www.carwow.co.uk/electric-cars/charging-points

Car Rental
Pierremonts: Ramsgate Train Station, Station Approach Road, Ramsgate,  01843 581122
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 144-146 Westwood Road, Broadstairs, CT10 2NR. 01843 605151