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Getting to and around Kent

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Travel to and around Kent with ease with a number of different options. 

Getting here

By road

There is easy access from London and the Kent coast on the M2/A2 and M20 motorways, linking with the M25. There are direct links from the A2/M2 to Rochester/Chatham/Gillingham via the A289/Medway Tunnel. Regular coaches run from London Victoria to the area.

By air

Kent is just over 40 miles from Gatwick Airport via the M23/M25/A2/M2. It’s 75 miles from Heathrow Airport, via the M25/A2/M2 and 52 miles from Stansted via the M11/M25/A2/M2.

By sea

The area has good links to the Channel ports and Eurotunnel. Kent is just 40 miles from Dover and Folkestone and can be reached via the A2/M2 and the M20/A229.

Kent is easily accessible by train

Kent is easily accessible by train

By rail

The region has five main rail stations: Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham. All have frequent services from London Victoria and Charing Cross. High speed trains also link Kent to London’s St Pancras International in just 35 minutes. Rail travel from Europe to Kent is now faster and easier by Eurostar. Ebbsfleet International Station is 20 minutes away by coach.

Public transport

The area is well served by public transport. Once here you can easily move around using local train, bus and taxi services. Arriva Southern Counties provides a frequent 10-minute bus service daily between historic Rochester and Chatham Maritime. It also operates several other services throughout Kent and further afield from Chatham Waterfront Bus Station.

Getting around

By car

Kent is very accessible by car, with two motorways running through the county. There are also hundreds of non-motorway connecting roads for travelling between towns and cities. Charming country lanes help to keep smaller, more remote villages connected, with many offering fantastic views across the Kent landscape. Try the AA’s Route Planner to find out more detailed journey information.

By bus

Enjoy a day out discovering Kent by bus with our modern, integrated and accessible bus network, allowing you to get around Kent in a comfortable and environmentally-friendly way. There are two bus companies running services in Kent, Arriva to the west and Stagecoach to the east.

With miles of beautiful coastline and countryside, this county is perfect to explore by foot

With miles of beautiful coastline and countryside, this county is perfect to explore by foot

By train

Kent has a great rail network running through and around the county, making it the quickest mode of transport for visitors without a car. Kent’s network rail provider Southeastern runs services to and from more than 90 railway stations in Kent, including High Speed services from London St Pancras.

By bike and by foot

What better way is there to travel around the county than out in the fresh air? And you can experience Kent’s history and beauty at the same time. There are paths that take you past castles, ancient churches, historic houses as well as many splendid and celebrated gardens. With more than 4,200 miles of public rights of way across countryside and coastline, it’s ideal for travelling around the county by bike or foot.

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