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.
There is controlled parking immediately outside the apartment in Chandos Square and Victoria Parade. It operates every day even Sundays and Bank holidays. Sometimes also until 10pm so please check carefully. That said, the apartment is so central that you don’t need to use your car if you are remaining in Broadstairs.
Please see this link to Thanet District Council’s parking page for information about where to park: http://thanet.gov.uk/yourservices/parking/
There is unrestricted on-street parking in roads approximately 5-10 minutes away, all the roads to the south starting with Granville Road. We often drop our stuff at the apartment and then park on the Western Esplanade overlooking the sea (or any of the roads running off it such as Seapoint Road, Palmerston Avenue, Dumpton Park Drive, West Cliff Avenue) and then take a lovely walk back to the apartment along the promenade over Louisa Bay and past the Bandstand.
Note that parking right outside the property in the Chandos Square is almost twice as expensive as parking along the seafront ie Victoria Parade which is 10 feet away (crazy but true).
By Coach / Bus
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 (disabled persons travel helpline)
Textphone: +44 (0) 121 455 0086
High Speed Trains
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. Journey time of around just 80 minutes. For times and ticket information visit www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
Tel: + 44 (0) 845 000 2222
There are frequent trains between London Victoria and Charing Cross, and Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Journey times are approximately 1 hour 50 minutes (Victoria) and 2 hours (Charing Cross).
National Rail enquiries
Tel: +44 (0) 8457 484 950
Textphone +44 (0) 845 6050 600
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
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.