Stagecoach in East Kent

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East Kent Road Company, t/a Stagecoach in East Kent
ParentStagecoach Group
HeadquartersCanterbury, Kent
LocaleEast Kent
Service areaAshford, Canterbury, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Hastings, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Thanet
Service typebus service
HubsAshford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover, Hastings, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate
Fuel typeDiesel and Bio Diesel
OperatorStagecoach South East

Stagecoach in East Kent, which forms part of Stagecoach South East, operate many routes within the East Kent region. The company operate both frequent town routes to infrequent rural service; for example the Thanet Loop runs about every 7 minutes on Mondays to Fridays compared to the 123, which has just 4 journeys on Weekdays. The company have introduced a large number of new buses in the past few years to meet with the step free access law on buses which came into place in January 2017.

Routes and frequencies[edit]

Route Start End Days of operation Frequency
1 Ashford Canterbury Monday - Saturday 2 Hourly
2 Ashford Hastings Monday - Saturday 2 Hourly
3, 3A, 3B, 3X Canterbury Faversham
Daily 10-20 mins Mon-Sat
Hourly Sunday
5 Canterbury Seasalter Daily, but Sunday service operated by Chalkwell Hourly Mon-Sat
120 mins Sunday
7 Canterbury Herne Bay Monday - Saturday 6 journeys Mon-Sat
4 journeys Sunday
8, 8A Canterbury Westwood Cross or Northdown Park Daily 15 mins Mon-Sat
30 mins Sunday
9 Canterbury Westwood Cross Monday - Saturday hourly
10, 10A Folkestone Ashford Daily Hourly Mon-Sat
4 jounrneys Sunday
10X Ashford Maidstone Daily Hourly Mon-Sat
5 journeys Sunday
11, 11A, 11B Ashford Lydd Monday - Saturday Hourly
11 Canterbury Westwood Cross Monday - Saturday 5 journeys
12 Canterbury Deal Monday - Saturday Hourly
15 Canterbury Dover Daily 20 mins Mon - Sat
120 mins (15) Sundays
Gold 16 Canterbury Folkestone
Daily 15 mins (30 mins to Hythe)
30 mins Sunday
17 Folkestone Canterbury Daily Hourly Mon - Sat
120 mins Sunday
18 Canterbury Hythe Monday - Saturday 5 journeys
21, 21A Canterbury Canterbury via Hales Place Daily 15 mins
Hourly Sunday
22, 22A Canterbury London Road Estate Daily 15 mins Monday - Saturday
Hourly Sunday
23 Canterbury Canterbury via Spring Lane Estate Monday - Saturday 20 mins
25, 25A Canterbury Kent and Canterbuy Hospital Daily 7 mins (Mon-Fir)
20 mins (Sat)
Hourly Sunday
26A University of Kent Sturry Road Saturdays only, Term Times only 40 minutes
27 Canterbury London Road Estate Monday - Saturday Hourly
32 Garlinge Dane Valley Daily 15 mins Mondays to Saturdays
33 Broadstairs Margate Monday - Saturday Hourly
34 Ramsgate Minnis Bay Monday - Saturday 30 mins (34)
Hourly (34A)
38, 38A Birchington-on-Sea Palm Bay Monday - Saturday, off-peak only Hourly
39 Dumpton Broadstairs Asda Monday - Saturday, off-peak only Hourly
42 Monkton Ramsgate Monday - Saturday, off-peak only 75 minutes
43 Canterbury Sandwich - some journeys extending to Ramsgate & Westwood Every 20 mins Canterbury to Sandwich, hourly Sandwich/Ramsgate/Westwood Mon-Sat, hourly Canterbury/Sandwich Sundays.
56 Broadstairs Margate Monday - Saturday Hourly
60, 60A Dover St. Radigunds
Whitfield (60A)
Daily 20 mins to St. Radingunds or Hourly to Whitfield Mon-Sat
Hourly Sunday
61, 61A Whitfield Aycliffe Daily 15 minutes Monday - Saturday
30 mins (Hourly to Aycliffe) Sunday
62 Dover The Linces Monday - Saturday 20 minutes
63 Dover Tower Hamlets Daily 20 minutes Monday-Saturday
Hourly Sunday
68 Temple Ewell Maxton Monday - Saturday, off-peak only Hourly
71 Cheriton Creteway Down Daily 15 minutes Monday-Saturday
30 minutes Sunday
72 Cheriton East CLiff Daily 30 minutes (Cheriton - Folkestone only on Sundays)
73 Cheriton Hawkinge Monday - Saturday 30 minutes
77, 78 Folkestone Golden Valley
Shorncliffe (77 only)
Monday to Saturday 30 minutes
80, 81 Deal Dover Monday to Saturday every 30 mins combined, Sunday hourly.
82, 82A Kingsdown Mill Hill Monday - Saturday Hourly, every 30 mins Deal/Mill Hill.
83 Deal Deal via Walmer Mon - Sat Monday to Saturday, hourly.
84 Deal Deal via Sandown Mon - Sat Monday to Saturday, hourly.
89, 89A Canterbury Dover Monday - Saturday 30 minutes (Canterbury - Aylesham) Hourly to Dover
90 Deal Dover MON - SAT Daytime Only Monday to Saturday daytimes, hourly.
91 Folkestone Dover Monday - Saturday 5 journeys Weekdays and 4 journeys Saturdays
100 Lydd Conquest Hospital Daily Hourly Monday to Saturday
Hourly Sunday
101 Dover Conquest Hospital Daily Hourly Monday-Saturday
Hourly Sunday
102 Dover Lydd-on-Sea Daily 30 minutes Dover - New Romney, Hourly to Lydd-on-Sea Monday-Saturday
Hourly Sunday
123 Ashford Biddenden Monday - Friday 4 journeys
666 Ashford Faversham Monday to Saturday Hourly Monday - Friday
120 minutes Saturday
Little & Often A Ashford Town Centre Singleton Daily 10 minutes Monday-Saturday daytime
30 minutes daytime Sunday
AD Town Centre - Arlington - Singleton - Stanhope - Town Centre Weekday evenings and Sundays 30 minutes (more frequent early evening)
Little & Often B Park Farm, Kent Kennington Daily 12 minutes (up to every 15 minutes on Sundays)
Little & Often C Ashford William Harvey Hospital Daily 10 minutes (up to every 15 minutes on Sundays)
D Town Centre Ashford Stanhope Daily 15 mins Monday to Saturday
30 mins Sunday daytime
G South Willesborough Godinton Park Daily 30 minutes Monday-Saturday
Hourly Ashford - Godinton Park only Sunday
Thanet Loop Margate Margate via QEQM Hospital, Westwood Cross, Ramsgate Rail Station, Ramsgate, Dumpton Park, Broadstairs, St Peter's & Cliftonville Daily 7–8 minutes Monday-Saturday
10 minutes Sunday
Triangle Canterbury Canterbury via Herne Bay and Whitstable Daily Every 15 mins Mondays to Sundays, every 30 mins evenings.
Unibus Canterbury University of Kent Daily 7–8 minutes term time or 15 minutes non term time Monday-Saturday
30 minutes on term time Sunday only
nite unibus Canterbury University of Kent Every Night except Sunday, Term Time only 30–60 minutes
New Dover Road Park & Ride Canterbury New Dover Road car park Daily 7–8 minutes Monday-Saturday
15 minutes Sunday
Sturry Road Park & Ride Canterbury Sturry car park Daily 7–8 minutes Monday-Saturday
15 minutes Sunday
Wincheap Park & Ride Canterbury Wincheap car park Monday - Saturday 7–8 minutes


  • Ashford;

1, 1A, 1X, 2, 2A, 10, 10A, 10X, 11, 11A, 11B, 123, 666, A, Little & Often B, Little & Often C, Little & Often E and Little & Often G.

  • Dover;

12, 15, 43, 60A, 61, 62, 63, 68, 82, 80, 81, 89, 89A, 90 and Canterbury Park & Ride routes.

  • Folkestone;

10, 10A, 10X, Stagecoach Gold 16, 17, 18, 71, 72, 73, 77, 78, 91, 100, 101, 102, 127 and 160.

  • Herne Bay;

3, 3A, 3B, 3X, 4, 5, 6, 7, 21, 22, 23, 23A, 25, 25A, 26, 26A, 27, Triangle and unibus.

  • Westwood (Thanet);

8, 8A, 9, 11, 32, 33, 34, 38, 39, 40, 43, 42, 56 and the Thanet Loop.

The Main Services[edit]

The Triangle[edit]

The Triangle runs a circular service from Canterbury to Canterbury, calling at the seaside towns of Whitstable and Herne Bay. Clockwise route runs Canterbury/Whitstable/Herne Bay/Canterbury, while anticlockwise route runs Canterbury/Herne Bay/Whitstable/Canterbury. Each route runs every 15 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes and also Sunday daytimes. The route is operated with branded Scania E400MMC double-deckers.

The Breeze[edit]

The Breeze runs from Canterbury and Margate every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The 8 runs from Margate via QEQM Hospital to Westwood Cross to and 8A from Margate via Cliftonville to Northdown Park It takes from 50mins to an hour to get from Canterbury to Margate, and a further 30mins from Margate to Broadstairs, depending on traffic. The route is operated with Scania E400MMC double-deckers.

Gold 16[edit]

Gold 16 is part of the Stagecoach Gold network and has upgraded the route from Hythe and Folkestone to Canterbury. Gold 16 runs every half hour from Hythe and then via Sandgate to Folkestone. From Folkestone Gold 16 has 15 minute frequency to Canterbury via Hawkinge, Densole and the A2 to Canterbury. The service runs every 30 minutes on Sunday and also serves Bridge. It takes roughly 40 mins to travel from Canterbury to Folkestone, and 1hr 10mins to get from Canterbury to Hythe, depending on traffic.

The Wave Service[edit]

Stagecoach in East Kent and Stagecoach in Hastings operates The Wave 100, 101 and 102 service running every 15 minutes between New Romney and Dover via Folkestone, Hythe and Dymchurch. 101 buses continue from New Romney to Lydd and Hastings via Lydd Airport and Winchelsea. The 100 service continue hourly via Fairlight. Two hourly 102 buses continues from New Romney to Greatstone-on-Sea and Lydd-on-Sea. There is also limited service between Lydd-on-Sea and Lydd. On Sundays and Public Holidays the route is less frequent running every 30 minutes between Dover and New Romney and hourly to Lydd and 2 hourly to Hastings and hourly to Lydd-on-Sea. Route 100 buses get into Hastings, Hastings Railway station|Rail Station]] just before The Wave 99 service to Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne. The service is run by branded Scania N250UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro 400MMC.

The Thanet Loop service[edit]

The Thanet Loop is Stagecoach and Thanet's most frequent route and Thanet's main route. Just like the Thanet Stars service the Thanet Loop links up Thanet Towns and Villages. The Thanet Loop is a massive Loop incorporating Margate, Westwood Cross, Ramsgate and Broadstairs. The route runs in both directions about every 7 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 10 mins on Sunday. The Loop has late night services too on weekend nights, finishing at 2am. The service is run by branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 200.


The Unibus service is for all of the public although it is the University of Kent dedicated bus. The service runs every 7-8 mins term time All days and every 15 mins non term time on Monday to Saturday only. The service uses Scania N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro400 running on bio-fuel from Chip Oil and Lard. Also the buses have free wi-fi on board too.[1] There are special Unirider tickets too.[2]

Canterbury Park and Ride[edit]

Stagecoach run the Monday to Saturday Canterbury Park and Ride services running every 8 mins to the city centre and 20 mins to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. All these buses have free wi-fi on board. Once services stop running, tickets can be used on certain Stagecoach services to the Park and Ride site.[3] The service is run by branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 and Alexander Dennis Enviro 400.

Little & Often routes[edit]

The Little & Often routes were launched in early January 2017 in Ashford to upgrade the existing B1 and B2 (merged into B) and the C. As part of the initiative, the limited regular buses on these routes were replaced with 30 Mercedes Sprinter City 45 minibuses to run frequently and conveniently for passengers to reduce waiting times - hence the name 'Little & Often'. The fleet of Euro 6 spec minibuses are stored at the Ashford depot and are among the first in the region to feature contactless payment. Routes E and G have since been converted to minibus operation. The main daytime frequencies of routes B and C were reduced at the same time to improve reliability. [4]

Other Main Routes[edit]

  • 1: Ashford to Canterbury via Wye
  • 2: Ashford to Hastings via Tenterden
  • 5: Canterbury to Seasalter via Chestfield
  • 7: Canterbury to Herne Bay
  • 9: Canterbury to Westwood via Ramsgate
  • 10: Folkestone to Ashford via Hythe
  • 10X: Ashford to Maidstone via Lenham
  • 11: Ashford to Lydd via Hamstreet
  • 11: Canterbury to Westwood via Manston
  • 12: Canterbury to Deal via A2
  • 14: Canterbury to Deal via Sandwich
  • 17: Canterbury to Folkestone via Elham Valley
  • 18: Canterbury to Hythe
  • 43: Canterbury to Sandwich (some journeys continuing to Ramsgate & Westwood).
  • 80/81: Deal to Dover.
  • 91: Folkestone to Dover

Other transport links[edit]

Stagecoach provide buses to many of Southeastern train stations for services across Kent and to London.

Stagecoach provide joint bus and rail tickets with the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway[5] at The Wave service meets the railway at Hythe, New Romney and Romney Sands in the Romney Sands Holiday Park. The Wave also serve Dymchurch (for sandy beach and family fun fair), St. Mary's Bay and Romney Warren, where the railway has stations a short walk away. The Wave also serves Lydd-on-Sea for the popular The Pilot Inn restaurant next to a railway crossing. Also a short walk from the Pilot Inn is Dungeness where there is another station, lighthouses, famous cottages, fishing beach, Nature Reserve and what is classified as the UK's only desert. Other routes serving stations include 10, 11, 16 & 160.

Stagecoach also serve Ashford International station for Eurostar services to Paris and Brussels as well as domestic high speed services to London.

Stagecoach serve The Port of Dover for Ferry services to France and Belgium.

Stagecoach serves Lydd Airport from Ashford (11 Ashford - Lydd), Hastings (100), Folkestone and Dover (101).

Please also note there are two route 11 operated by Stagecoach. One 11 runs from Ashford to Romney Marsh via Hamstreet whilst the other runs from Canterbury to Westwood Cross via Ramsgate.


  1. ^ Unibus page, Stagecoach. "Unibus info".
  2. ^ Unirider page, Stagecoach bus. "Unirider tickets".
  3. ^ Park and Ride, Canterbury City Council. "Canterbury council info".
  4. ^ "Big deal for Ashford as buses get little and often". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ PDF, RHDR Guide. "RHDR Guide" (PDF).

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