Stagecoach in East Kent

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East Kent Road Company, t/a Stagecoach in East Kent
Parent Stagecoach Group
Founded 2009
Headquarters Canterbury, Kent
Locale East Kent
Service area Ashford, Faversham, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone, Hastings, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Thanet
Service type bus service
Hubs Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover, Hastings, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate
Fuel type Diesel and Bio Diesel
Operator Stagecoach South East
Website [1]

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 routs 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 are slowly introducing new low floor buses and are replacing the older step entranced buses, but step entranced buses still run regurly on routes 2A, 5, 7, 9, 14, 18, 87, 88, 89 and 91.

Routes and frequencies[edit]

Route Start End Days of operation Frequency
1 Ashford Canterbury Monday - Saturday Hourly
2 Ashford Tenterden Monday - Saturday Hourly
3, 3B, 3X Canterbury Faversham Daily 10-20 mins Mon-Sat
Hourly Sunday
4, 4A, 4B, 4X Canterbury Whitstable Daily 10 mins Mon-Sat
15 mins Sunday
5 Canterbury Seasalter Daily, but Sunday service operated by Chalkwell Hourly Mon-Sat
120 mins Sunday
6, 6A, 6B, 6X Canterbury Herne Bay Daily 10 mins Mon-Sat
15 mins Sunday
7 Canterbury Herne Bay Monday - Saturday 6 journeys Mon-Sat
4 journeys Sunday
8, 8A Canterbury Margate
Broadstairs (every 30 mins)
Daily 15 mins Mon-Sat
30 mins Sunday
9 Canterbury Westwood Cross Monday - Saturday hourly
10, 10A Folkestone Ashford Daily 30 mins 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
13, 13A, 14 Canterbury Deal Daily 20 mins Mon-Sat
Hourly (13A) Sundays
15, 15A Canterbury Deal Daily 30 mins Mon - Sat
120 mins (15) Sundays
15B Canterbury Dover Mondays - Saturdays 30 mins
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 Hales Place Daily 15 mins
Hourly Sunday
22, 22A Canterbury London Road Estate Daily 15 mins Monday - Saturday
Hourly Sunday
23 Canterbury Spring Lane Estate Monday - Saturday 20 mins
25, 25A Canterbury Kent and Canterbuy Hospital Daily 7 mins (Mon-Fir)
20 mins (Sat)
Hourly Sunday
26 Canterbury West railway station Hales Place Weekdays, Uni of Kent Term Times only 30 minutes
26A University of Kent Sturry Road Saturdays only, Term Times only 30 minutes
27 Canterbury London Road Estate Monday - Saturday Hourly
32, 32A Garlinge Dane Valley Daily 7-8 mins (15 mins to Garlinge) Monday - Saturday
Hourly Sunday
33 Broadstairs Minnis Bay Monday - Saturday Hourly
34, 34A Ramsgate (34)
Westwood (34A)
Minnis Bay Monday - Saturday 30 mins (34)
Hourly (34A)
36 Whitstable QEQM Hospital Monday - Saturday Hourly
38, 38A Birchington-on-Sea Palm Bay Monday - Saturday, off-peak only Hourly
39 Dumpton Broadstairs Asda Monday - Saturday, off-peak only Hourly
40 Broadstairs QEQM Hospital Monday - Saturday 30 minutes
42 Monkton Ramsgate Monday - Saturday, off-peak only 75 minutes
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
82, 82A Kingsdown Mill Hill Monday - Saturday Hourly
87, 88 Dover Ramsgate Monday - Saturday Hourly
89, 89A, 89B Canterbury Dover Daily 30 minutes (Canterbury - Aylesham) Hourly to Dover
91 Folkestone Dover Monday - Saturday 5 journeys Weekdays and 4 journeys Saturdays
100 Lydd Conquest Hospital Daily Hourly Monday to Saturday
120 minutes (Hourly between Hastings and Conquest Hospital) Sunday
101 Dover Lydd Daily 30 minutes 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 - Firday 4 journeys
666 Ashford Faversham Monday to Saturday Hourly Monday - Friday
120 minutes Saturday
A Singleton Stanhope Daily 10 minutes Monday-Saturday
30 minutes as a loop: (Ashford- Singleton- Stanhope- Ashford) Sunday
B1, B2 Ashford Park Farm, Kent Mondays to Saturdays 20 minutes
C Kennington Willesborough Tesco Daily 15 minutes Ashford - Willesborough, 30 minutes to Kennington
30 minutes between Ashford - Willesborough only Sunday
E Ashford Little Burton Daily 30 minutes Monday-Saturday
Hourly only as far as Eureka Park Cineworld Sunday
G South Willesborough Goddington Park Daily 30 minutes Monday-Saturday
Hourly Ashford - Goddington Park only Sunday
H Ashford (loop service) Ashford (loop service) Daily 30 minutes Monday - Saturday
Hourly Sunday
runs as a loop: Ashford- Kennington- Julie Rose- W H Hospital- Willesborough (Mon-Sat only) or Park Farm (Sunday only)- Ashford
K Park Farm William Harvey Hospital Monday - Friday & Saturday mornings 30 minutes Monday - Saturday
6 journeys Saturday morning
Loop Margate (loop service) Margate (loop service) Daily 7-8 minutes Monday-Saturday
10 minutes Sunday
runs as a loop: Margate- Cliftonville- Broadstairs- Ramsgate- Westwood- QEQM Hospital- Margate
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 (from 12 April), A, B1, B2, C, E, G, H and K.

  • Dover;

12, 13, 13A, 14, 15, 15A, 15B, 60, 60A, 61, 62, 63, 68, 82, 87, 88, 89 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, 3B, 3X, 4, 4A, 4B, 4X, 5, 6, 6A, 6B, 6X, 7, 21, 22, 23, 23A, 25, 25A, 26, 26A, 36, Unibus and NiteUnibus.

  • Westwood (Thanet);

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

The Main Services[edit]

The Breeze[edit]

The Breeze runs from Canterbury and Margate every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays and Public Holidays. Most Buses continue to Cliftonville where a bus every half hour on Mondays to Saturdays continues to Nothdown Park and other buses every 30 minutes every day continue to Broadstairs and some to Westwood.

The Hop[edit]

The Hop service runs between Canterbury and Faversham via Harbledown every 30 minutes (Mon-Sat). The Hop also runs express services every 30 mins to Faversham missing Harbledown and other villages (Mon-Sat). Buses continue from Faversham Town Centre to Bysing Wood Sainsbury's about every 20 mins and Kiln Court hourly (Mon-Sat). On Sundays the route runs hourly serving all villages and continues from Faversham to Maidstone via Bysing Wood, Sittingbourne and Detling (route 335). This service replaces the non Sunday route 333 operated by Arriva Southern Counties. The service runs by branded Dennis Trident 2/ Alexander ALX400.

The Diamond[edit]

The Diamond are a Diamond shape circular route forming route 13, 13A and 15, 15A & 15B. The route runs from Canterbury to Dover to Deal to Sandwich and back to Canterbury. The service runs every 15 minutes between Canterbury and Dover via the A2 and Lydden (15, 15A & 15B), with 15B also serving River, Kent. The network continues round to Deal every 30 mins via Walmer (15, 15A) with 15 serving Dover Castle and 15A serving the Port of Dover. At Deal the hourly 15A continues to Sandown. Also at Deal the 15's meet the 13 with the hourly service to Canterbury via Sandwich and Wingham. The hourly 13A runs from Sandwich to Canterbury via Wingham too but also serving Woodnesborough. Other connecting routes include 14 from Canterbury to Walmer via Staple, Ash, Sandwich and Deal. The Deal local route is route 82. The 87 and 88 run between Dover and Ramsgate via Sandwich and the 89 between Dover and Canterbury via Aylesham. The service is run by branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 and Alexander Dennis Enviro 300.

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.

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. Two 101 buses an hour continue from New Romney to Lydd via Lydd Airport. One of thse 101 services continue hourly as a 100 to Conquest Hospital via Camber, Rye and Hastings Town Centre. One hourly 102 bus continues from New Romney (the other termenating at 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 N230UD/ Alexander Dennis Enviro 400.

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, 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 1pm - 2pm. 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 to.[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.

Other Main Routes[edit]

  • 1: Ashford to Canterbury via Wye
  • 2: Ashford to Tenterden
  • 4: Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Canterbury
  • 5: Canterbury to Whitstable
  • 6: Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Canterbury
  • 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
  • 36: Canterbury to Westwood Cross via Whitstable, Herne Bay and Margate
  • 87, 88: Ramsgate to Dover
  • 89: Canterbury to Dover
  • 91: Folkestone to Dover
  • 638: Faversham to Whitstable

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[4] 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. ^ PDF, RHDR Guide. "RHDR Guide" (PDF). 

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