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All your travel needs for getting around Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

Getting around our coast is easy...

For information on accessible travel, click here

By Car
Please see this link to Thanet District Council's parking page for information about where to park

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, CT7 9DN – 1 bay
  • Margate – Turner Contemporary car park, Rendezvous, CT9 1HG – 2 bays
  • Margate - Market Street car park - CT9 1EU - 2 bays
  • Broadstairs – Westwood Cross Shopping Centre, CT10 2BF – 5 bays (2 multi-charge, 1 Tesla, and 2 Podpoint that require an app)
  • Broadstairs - Canterbury Bell, CT10 2QD - 2 bays
  • Broadstairs - Tesco Extra car park , CT10 2QJ- 4 bays
  • Broadstairs – Sainsbury’s car park, CT12 5FJ – 6 bays
  • Broadstairs - Asda Car Park CT10 2NR - 2 bays
  • Ramsgate - Asda, CT11 9TT - 2 bays
  • Manston - Holiday Inn Express, CT12 4AU - 2 bays

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

By Taxi
Central Cars: 01843 888888
Thanet Cars: 01843 333333 / 292929 / 595959 
United Cars: 01843 581581 

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.

The new Thanet Parkway station between Ramsgate and Minster accepts normal and High Speed services with the journey time to London St Pancras around 70 minutes. 

Train lines 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 link Thanet with Canterbury, Ashford, and some mainline London stations (Victoria, Waterloo East, and Charing Cross.) Thanet boasts a frequent High Speed direct rail service to London St Pancras and the International Eurostar terminus.

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 8-10 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

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 -

  • Harbour Bikes Cycle Hire - Arch 20, Military Road, Ramsgate 01843 585060 
  • Margate Bike and Hire - 87a Canterbury Road, Margate 07756 041452
  • The Bike Shed - 71 Canterbury Road, Margate 01843 228866
  • VCT Bike Hire - The Parade, Minnis Bay 01843 843309/07818 828862 
  • Wheelability - Fully accessible bikes for disabled and non-disabled people. Minnis Bay Car Park, The Parade, Minnis Bay, CT7 9QP 0333 366 0834
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Contact Us
Visitor Information Centre
The Droit House
Stone Pier
Kent CT9 1JD
Te: 01843 577577
Official website of Visit Thanet, Thanet District Council.