As you may have heard there is a planned rail strike on August 20, the day of Medway Pride. There will be no Southeastern trains running on the network that day (you can read more about Southeastern’s position here).
But fear not, there are still plenty of ways to get to Rochester, from both near and far!
If you’re local, the following Arriva buses go via Rochester. You can check timetables and routes on their website.
- 133 Chatham to Cliffe
- 140 Earl Estate to Chatham
- 141 Earl Estate to Chatham
- 145 Chatham to Warren Wood
- 155 Chatham to Maidstone
- 190 Gravesend to Chatham
- 700 Chatham to Bluewater
These ASD Coaches buses go via Rochester too. Timetables and routes here
- 156 Chatham to Chatham
- 197 Chatham to Lodge Hill
And these Nu-Venture buses stop at Rochester also. Their website is here
- 142 Kit’s Coty to Chatham
- 172 Chatham to Liberty Park
- 173 Chatham to Lodge Hill Lane
If you’re coming from further afield, National Express run coaches from London Victoria to the Kent coast, with drops/pickups at Bluewater and Hempstead Valley shopping centres, both of which are served by buses that go through Rochester. Tap the route number for more info.
- Route 007 Dover to Victoria Coach Station stopping at
- Folkstone, Canterbury, University of Kent at Canterbury, Whitstable, Hempstead Valley (then Viabus 132 to Rochester) Eltham, Lewisham and Elephant & Castle
- Route 022 Victoria Coach Station To Ramsgate stopping at
- Elephant & Castle, Walworth New Cross Gate, Lewisham, Eltham, Bluewater (then Sapphire 700 to Rochester), University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, Birchington, Westgate, Margate, Cliftonville, Northdown Park, St Peters and Broadstairs,
You could also try JustPark, which is like Airbnb for cars! You can book parking spaces of all sorts, from private driveways to supermarket carparks. Availability can be found here.
We really don’t want to miss out on what promises to be a fabulous day, so if we think of anything else, we’ll put it on here and post on facebook about it!