Getting to Herne Bay

Herne Bay is located on the North Kent coast of England, at the end of the Thames Estuary.

Travelling to Herne Bay is easy. The town’s location and the excellent road and rail links to Thanet, London and the Medway towns makes it a perfect destination for a weekend break or for longer visits – why not use Herne Bay as a base for touring Kent or further afield.

By Car

A mere 60 miles south east of London, the town is reached by the A299 or Thanet Way, a dual carriageway linking to the A2 at Faversham.

From Europe take the Eurotunnel  (le shuttle) from Calais in Northern France to Folkestone which takes only 35 minutes.  Then from Folkstone to Herne Bay is only 25 miles (approx 50 minutes).  We are also close to the major ferry port at Dover.

Get your route, distances and travel times via AA Route Planner from anywhere in Europe.

Go to our Visit page for information about where to park.


By Rail

Herne Bay has its own train station and is easily accessible by rail .  Trains to Herne Bay run from London St Pancras International or London Victoria.  During the week there are two trains every hour.  The new high speed service from St Pancras to Faversham or Canterbury West, make Herne Bay less than 90 minutes away from the capital.

National Rail – 08457484950

Go to our Visit page for directions from the main Railway Station into town.


 By Bus / Coach

National Express coaches run to Herne Bay from London Victoria Coach Station. For all enquiries, tel: 0990 808 080. National Express Timetable Information

For visitors arriving in Herne Bay as a coach party, coach passengers can be dropped off at the seafront on Central Parade and coach parking is available at William Street car and coach park.

Stagecoach – 08706082608


By Air

Flybe operates flights to Edinburgh and Belfast from Kent International Airport at Manston, which is 20 minutes away by car.

London City Airport is approximately 60 minutes by car from Herne Bay

Gatwick and Stanstead Airports are both approximately 90 minutes by car from Herne Bay and are both easily accessible by rail.

By Ferry

Ostend (Belgium) to Ramsgate (Kent)

Ramsgate in Kent is the second busiest port in England, catering for freight and passengers daily throughout the year. Ferries to Ramsgate sail from Ostend in Belgium using the ferry operators LD Lines and Transeuropa.

Sailing time is around 4 hours and 30 minutes.   Herne Bay is only 15 miles from Ramsgate and the journey takes approximately 25 minutes.

Calais (France) to Dover (Kent)

Ferries to Dover sail from Calais using ferry operators P&O Ferries and Seafrance.

Sailing time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.   Herne Bay is only 25 miles from Dover and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes.