Southeastern High Speed Train
Southeastern High Speed Train

Getting Here

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 rail and road links from London mean that getting here is quick and easy, and even mainland Europe is just a hop across the Channel. In fact, we are closer to France than to our county town of Maidstone.

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    To and from London

    The High Speed train service from London St Pancras International Station to Ramsgate, Broadstairs, and Margate means that travelling from the capital is quick and easy. Journey times are approximately 75 minutes to Ramsgate, 85 minutes to Broadstairs and 90 minutes to Margate.

    There are also frequent trains between Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate and London Victoria (approximately 1 hour 50 minutes), London Waterloo East and London Charing Cross (both approximately 2 hours).

    National Rail enquiries
    Tel: +44 (0) 3457 484950

    www.nationalrail.co.uk

    Southeastern Trains
    Tel: + 44 (0) 345 322 7021
    Textphone: + 44 (0) 800 783 4548

    www.southeasternrailway.co.uk

    Europe

    London St Pancras is also the terminus for Eurostar, connecting us with mainland Europe. Eurostar International services run to Ashford and London from Brussels, Lille and Paris. The Eurostar passenger terminal at Ashford International connects with trains to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate (approximately 20 to 40 minutes). 

    Tel: +44 (0) 3432 186 186

    www.eurostar.com

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    National Express operate 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.

    Tickets can be bought online, by telephone, and from our Visitor Information Centre in Margate.

    Tel: +44 (0) 8717 818181

    Tel: +44 (0) 3717 818181 (for amendments, after sales support or to book assistance)

    www.nationalexpress.com

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    Excellent road links with the M20 and M2 motorways close-by provide easy access from London. Helpful route planners are:
    www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp
    www.rac.co.uk/route-planner

    If you're travelling from mainland Europe, you can drive straight onto the Eurotunnel train at Calais and arrive in Folkestone in just 35 minutes. From Folkestone, it is approximately 1 hour's drive to Thanet on the A20 and A256.

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    There are two main ferry services connecting East Kent with mainland Europe:

    P & O Ferries
    Ferry service between Dover and Calais
    Tel: +44 (0) 800 130 0030

    www.poferries.com

    DFDS Seaways
    Ferry Service between Dover and Calais or Dunkirk (Dunkerque)
    Tel: +44 (0) 871 574 7235
    Tel: (outside UK) +44 208 127 8303

    www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

    Once here, the ferry port of Dover is only 32km away - easily reached by frequent train services, or by car.

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    Visitors arriving at any London airports can travel to Thanet by public transport, going via central London, and changing to a connecting train or coach service. A journey from London Gatwick to Ramsgate by train will take from 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours.

    Further travel information can be found to plan your visit at RedPlanet.travel

    If you choose to go by car, London Gatwick Airport is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes' drive to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, while Heathrow Airport is approximately a 2 hours' drive away. Stansted, Luton and London City airports are all up to 3 hours' drive away.