The Kent Downs AONB is well connected by public transport with train, bus, coach and ferry services providing access to and from London, the rest of the UK and mainland Europe. Its extensive and connected road network also provides access to the Kent Downs from the UK and the continent.

If visiting, we would love it if you could come by public transport and help us conserve the landscape by leaving the car at home.

Traveline provides routes and times for all travel in Great Britain by bus, rail, coach and ferry. Kent Connected offers a journey planner for travel within Kent.

By Train

With around 40 stations in and bordering the AONB with connecting links to London and the continent, the Kent Downs can be readily accessed by train.

Southeastern operates the train service between London and Kent to and from over 180 stations, including the UK’s first domestic high speed service from St. Pancras International. The service calls at stations including Ashford International and many Kent locations. It’s the perfect way to explore the Kent Downs AONB without a car.

Southeastern offer a variety of ticket options and fares, plus there are no booking fees when you book direct with Southeastern.

Click on each of the tabs below for more information on the available offers.

To book tickets for your trip, use the journey planner below:

You can also discover the environmental impact of your journey with Southeastern’s carbon footprint calculator. To compare travelling by train or car, simply enter your journey details.

By Bus

Bus services operate across the Kent Downs AONB. For information and to plan your visit by bus, visit www.arrivabus.co.uk or www.stagecoachbus.com.

Getting to the Kent Downs from mainland Europe

  • Eurostar runs passenger services from Lille, Paris, Brussels and Avignon to London, stopping at Ashford International Station and Ebbsfleet International Station in Kent.
  • Eurotunnel le shuttle operates between Calais and Folkestone.
  • DFDS Seaways operates between Calais and Dover.
  • P&O Ferries operates between Calais and Dover.
  • Eurolines offers a long-distance coach service across Europe including to the UK from mainland Europe.

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