If you are coming to Gravesend, the area is well connected.
You will experience European, national and regional transport systems that give you fast travel to Gravesend from London and destinations in the South East and Kent.
International Train Services from Ebbsfleet Station
Ebbsfleet Station provides fast, convenient access by international train services via Eurostar to and from Lille (1 hour), Paris (2 hours), Brussels (2 hours 15 minutes) and the wider European High Speed Network. Train times and service information can be found at www.eurostar.co.uk . Further information on Ebbsfleet Station can be found at http://www.ebbsfleetgateway.com
PLEASE NOTE THAT INTERNATIONAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME.
High Speed 1 Train Services from Gravesend and Ebbsfleet Stations
High speed Southeastern Trains services provide fast and convenient access into London St Pancras from Ebbsfleet Station (17 minutes) and from Gravesend Rail Station (24 minutes).
High speed Southeastern trains also ensure convenient access to and from other Kent visitor destinations.
Other mainline rail connections run from Higham, Gravesend and Northfleet into London Charing Cross; from Sole Street and Meopham into London Victoria and also from these stations to Rochester and to the east of Kent via the Stood Tunnel.
Southeastern are committed to doing everything they can to help passengers feel safe and supported when travelling on their trains.
From 7 September they have boosted their train timetable, adding an extra 900 carriages and 50,000 seats to give better availability of trains and more space onboard to travel with confidence.
It is easy to plan your train journey using Southeasterns live departure boards or journey planner to find out when your next train is. You can check live train running times and search for any disruptions. Plus, their new Seatfinder tool will tell you how busy your train might be, a great help for social distancing. Visit their website https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/live-travel-information/live to find out more.
You can buy Southeastern tickets at train stations or buy and download your tickets at home with their contactless smartcard The Key. You can buy single, return and season tickets on The Key so it’s totally flexible. The Key’s contactless technology allows you to hold the card over the reader at the ticket gate, you can fast-track through the station and avoid the queues.
It’s also wipeable and easy to clean, leaving you in control. Find out more here https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/tickets/tickets-explained/the-key-smart-tickets
Southeastern are looking forward to welcoming more passengers back onto their trains, and you to please remember that face coverings are now mandatory on all trains and at stations. www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
Frequent local services to most nearby towns are run by Arriva Bus Services. Timetable information is available from their helpline on 0844 800 4411. Visit the Arriva website for more information www.arrivabus.co.uk.
Bus services, contact Traveline 0871 200 2233.
Fastrack buses provide fast and frequent services at 10 minute intervals between Gravesend Town Centre, Ebbsfleet Station, Bluewater Darenth Valley Hospital and Dartford Town Centre. For more information visit www.go-fastrack.co.uk.
There are taxi ranks conveniently situated in Gravesend Town Centre in New Road close to the bus interchange and shops and at the Rathmore Road side of Gravesend railway station.
Contact Gravesend’s Visitor Information Centre for details of local coach services.
Transport by River
A half hourly passenger ferry service, from 5.40am to 7pm, runs from Gravesend Town Pier pontoon to Tilbury Riverside, with bus and rail connections to Grays Railway Station, East London, the City and Southend. The Ferry operates from Monday to Saturday (except Sundays and Bank Holidays).
The ferry is operated by the Jeststream Tours company. All the information including fares and timetable can be found on their website www.jetstreamtours.com/the-tours/ferry
Gravesend is clearly signposted from the national motorway network – the M2, M20 and M25 – and hence to all destinations in Kent and south east England, including UK airports at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Stansted.
The recently improved A2, the A226 and A227 provide ease of access into Gravesend and Northfleet and into Meopham. The A2/M2 provides excellent road communications into Central London, to Canterbury (40 minutes), the Channel Tunnel, Kent Ports and Kent Coast (1 hour) and to the East of England and the North via the QEII Bridge/Dartford Crossing.
For Gravesend Town Centre from the M25, take junction 2 (A2) towards Canterbury. From the A2 take the A227 turn off and head towards Gravesend. The A227 (Wrotham Road) takes you directly into the Town Centre.
By road Gravesend is about an hour from central London and is signposted from the A2 and is only 4 miles from M25 junction 2.
Satnav postcode: DA11 0TB.
Where to Park in Gravesend Town Centre
Gravesend has a number of parking areas within easy reach of the Town Centre. People with mobility difficulties are well catered for in many of our car parks.
Gravesham Borough Council provides and maintains the public surface car parks to ensure a safe and sufficient parking service for the community and visitors to the area. Most of the car parks have the Park Mark showing their quality and service. Parking is free on Sundays in these surface car parks and also free after 6pm weekdays. Check the information notices in each car park for the charges and when they apply.
St George’s Shopping Centre and Thamesgate Shopping Centre have multi storey car parks managed by them. St George’s also has Park Mark status. If you have any problems associated with these car parks you should report this to the Centre Manager’s office in each shopping centre.
Visit www.gravesham.gov.uk/parking for a list of car parks and details on the parking charges in the area.
Walking and Cycling
Begin or end your journey on foot at Gravesend on two national long distance walks.
The Wealdway starts from Town Pier, Gravesend and finishes in Eastbourne, East Sussex. A 129 kilometre (80 mile) route.
Walk the Saxon Shore Way starting at the Town Pier, Gravesend, and following the ancient coastline of Kent for 230 kilometres (134 miles) following the bank of the River Thames and finishing in Rye, East Sussex. The route is also ideal for cycling, horse riding and enjoying days out in the county.
National Cycle Route 1 runs through Gravesham between London and the Kent Coast. Visit Sustrans for more information.
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Traveling with Arriva is easier than ever. Plan your journey, track your bus in real-time , buy, store and activate tickets all in on one handy app. Search Arriva UK Bus app in your app store which is free to download or visit www.arrivabus.co.uk/app (assuming this will be the URL on the new site). You can also plan your journey, buy tickets and check out the latest news and offers online at www.arrivabus.co.uk
To plan your journey simply enter your location, your destination and the time and day you want to travel and it will give you all the buses available within an hour or your selected time. You can chose locations by postcode, street name, bus stop, town or attraction and the journey planner will give you walking times to the nearest bus stop and service information. You can even track the bus as it arrives and as you are on it to make sure you get off at the right stop.
All Arriva buses and workspaces are COVID-19 secure. To find out more please visit www.arrivabus.co.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-safer-travel