Southeastern High Speed Train
Southeastern High Speed Train

Getting to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

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.

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    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.

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    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 (for amendments, after sales support or to book assistance)

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    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. There are High Speed trains between St Pancras International and Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Journey times are approximately 75 minutes to Ramsgate, 85 minutes to Broadstairs and 90 minutes to Margate.

    There are frequent trains between London Victoria, journey times are approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.

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

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


    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

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

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

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    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