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The Pantiles

The Pantiles

Royal Tunbridge Wells | by Chris Parker

Travelling To & Around Tunbridge Wells

One thing that is so good about Royal Tunbridge Wells is how easy it is to get here. Situated just 40 miles from central London, it has very good transport connections. Below are some of the main ways you can reach Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent and get around.

By Car

Royal Tunbridge Wells is located where the A26 and A21 main roads meet. Both these A-roads run between London and the South Coast.

The area can be accessed from the M20 and M25 motorways too, within 20 minutes by car.

When it comes to parking in the town centre and surrounding areas, there is plenty of space with several public car parks in the town centre alone. Check our Parking page for more details.

For touring the countryside the most convenient option is to use a car.  There are car hire firms, chauffeur driven cars and taxi companies based in and around Tunbridge Wells.

By Bus & Coach

If you are planning to visit Tunbridge Wells by National Express coach, you can get details and timetables of coach services from the National Express. The stops are on the A26 London Road at Southborough and Mount Pleasant Road in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells (opposite the Museum and Library).

You can also go to the lovely Lamberhurst village with National Express coaches.

To catch the bus from Gatwick get on the Fastway Bus No. 20, then change at Three Bridges for the 291 Metrobus.

Details of Tunbridge Wells’ bus services and bus timetables can be found on the Traveline website, however, the 281 Town Centre bus service links the 'top of the hill' in Royal Tunbridge Wells with The Pantiles.

The bus runs every 12 minutes and tickets cost £1 for the whole day.

This is a frequent service up and down the hill, jump on and off in one day as many times as you like in the centre of town.

There are many buses that serve the outlying villages and it is a rather more laid back way to see the scenery.

For instance, you can get a bus from Tunbridge Wells to Matfield and on to The Hop Farm at Paddock Wood. 

The 297 bus takes a great tour round the area through Rolvenden, Benenden, Cranbrook, Goudhurst, Horsmonden, Brenchley, Matfield and Pembury. Buses go to many of the main attractions, towns further afield, such as Brighton and Tenterden, as well as East Sussex.

Do note that there are very few services on Sundays.

By Rail

Tunbridge Wells is on a mainline Southeastern railway from London Charing Cross to Hastings. Direct services run at least every half hour calling at London Bridge, London Waterloo East, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

Services take approximately one hour from London Charing Cross. There are also connecting services to Gatwick Airport and Ashford and Ebbsfleet International stations for the Eurostar.

Further details on trains to Tunbridge Wells are available on the National Rail Enquiries website.

Arrive in style. Board a Spa Valley Railway vintage diesel or steam train into Royal Tunbridge Wells from Eridge on the Uckfield line from London Bridge or East Croydon!

By Air

Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport can be reached with ease from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

By road, Gatwick Airport is a mere 40 minute drive whilst Heathrow and London City Airports are only an hour away. Stansted, Luton and Southend Airports are under a 90 minute drive.

Southampton Airport, at a two hours’ drive, is not beyond range for a vacation in Tunbridge Wells either.

Catch trains and buses from the airports effortlessly to this part of Kent - see above.

By Sea

Arrive at Royal Tunbridge Wells by car from both the Channel Tunnel terminal (Eurotunnel) at Folkestone and from the ferry ports at Dover in scarcely over one hour.

Newhaven, for the Dieppe ferry crossing, might be in East Sussex but it is less than one hour's drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Of course you can also get a train from these entry points. Please see below for further details on cross Channel services to the UK.

Eurotunnel
Eurostar
P&O Ferries (Dover)
DFDS Seaways (Newhaven, Dover)
Transmanche Ferries (Newhaven)

From the cruise terminal at Southampton, it takes 2½ hours by road or rail to arrive at Royal Tunbridge Wells. 

The Tunbridge Wells region is visited often by cruise passengers from the United States of America.

If there is anything else we can help you with please get in touch with us at the Tourist Information Centre.

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