Stagecoach

Everything you need to know about bus services this Christmas

29 Nov 2019

A bus operator is hoping to tempt Christmas shoppers and party goers to use the bus to get about this Christmas.

Stagecoach has published service information for the festive period including timetables for a whole host of bus services on Boxing Day.

Joel Mitchell, managing director for Stagecoach South East said, “What we’re offering is a safe, hassle free and cheaper alternative to driving the car or ordering a taxi. Whether you’re planning a night out, a day’s shopping or just want to explore the Christmas vibe along the High Street – don’t overlook the possibility of using the bus this Christmas. We’ve got some great value tickets; kids can travel for just £1 and there’s unlimited evening travel for just £3 on our App.”

Once again Boxing Day travellers will be able to nip between Hythe, Folkestone and Canterbury on ‘Gold’ route 16. The hourly service will join a further four routes linking the city with coastal towns across the region for the day.

A full weekend timetable will be running on the Stagecoach Express M2 coach service between Canterbury, Medway and The O2. Stagecoach expects this service to be busy on Boxing Day and urging people to reserve their seat online at megabus.com.

Dover will be connected with Canterbury on route 15 with a special Boxing Day timetable offering buses throughout the daytime.

The popular ‘Triangle’ route linking Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay will operate hourly, ferrying shoppers to and fro on the Wifi equipped buses.

Thanet Loop buses will be out in force on Boxing Day. Shoppers will be able to catch Loop buses every 20 minutes throughout the day and ‘Breeze’ buses will be running an hourly route 8 service between Broadstairs and Canterbury (through Margate).

The bus operator has announced that a normal school day service will operate up to Friday 20 December (except on routes serving schools that break up earlier). A normal weekend service will operate on 21/22 and 28/29 December with a school holiday service operating on Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Friday 27, Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 December. Some bus services will finish early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and there’ll be no buses on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. A normal school holiday service will operate on 2 and 3 January with a full school day service resuming from Monday 6 January.
 
Here’s a full list of bus services that finish early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve:

 

Ashford

Route AD - The last bus is 20:55 from Bank Street.

Route B - The last bus from Kennington to the town centre is at 20:45

Route B - The last bus from Park Farm to the town centre is at 20:47

Route C - The last bus will leave Ashford Int’l Rail Station at 21:06, from Lees Road at 21:25 and William Harvey Hospital at 21:31.

Route G - The 23:20 from Ashford Int’l Rail Station to Godinton Park will not run.

Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Faversham

Triangle – The last bus from Canterbury to Whitstable and Swalecliffe will be at 20:15

Triangle – The last bus from Canterbury to Herne Bay will be at 21:05 (finishing at Sea Street Roundabout)

Triangle – The last bus from Whitstable to Canterbury will be at 21:03

Triangle – The last bus from Herne Bay to Canterbury will be at 20:36

Route 3 – The last bus from Canterbury to Faversham Bysing Wood will be at 19:00, and from Faversham Bysing Wood to Canterbury at 19:50

Routes 22A & 25A - No buses will run after 21:15

Canterbury, Medway and North Greenwich

M2 (Stagecoach Express) – The last coach from Canterbury to The O2 will be at 19:05, and the last coach from The O2 to Canterbury will be at 21:10

Dover

Route 15 - The last bus from Dover to Canterbury will be at 19:30

Route 15 - The last bus from Canterbury to Dover will be at 20:15

Route 43 - The last bus from Canterbury to Sandwich will be at 19:26

Route 43 - The last bus from Sandwich to Canterbury will be at 20:13

Route 61 - The last bus from Pencester Road to Whitfield Tesco will be at 19:30

Route 81 - The last bus from Eastry to Canterbury will be at 19:58

Route 81 - The last bus from Sandwich to Deal will be at 20:08

Folkestone

Route 16 - The last bus from Folkestone to Canterbury will be at 19:08

Route 16 - The last bus from Canterbury to Folkestone will be at 20:10

Route 16 - The last bus from Folkestone to Swingfield Minnis will be at 20:08

Route 17 - The last bus from Folkestone to Canterbury will be at 17:40

Route 17 - The last bus from Canterbury to Folkestone will be at 18:50

Route 71 - The last bus from the Bus Station to Cheriton will be at 20:42

Route 71 - The last bus from Cheriton to Bus Station will be at 20:49

Route 102 - The last bus from Folkestone to Dover will be at 20:12

Route 102 - The last bus from Dover to Folkestone will be at 20:43

Route 102 - The last bus from Dover to Lydd [for Rye] will be at 18:20

Route 102 - The last bus from Folkestone to Lydd [for Rye] will be at 18:53

Route 102 - The last bus from Lydd to Folkestone will be at 20:08

Thanet

Route 8 - The last bus from Margate to Canterbury will be at 19:45

Route 8 - The last bus from Canterbury to Margate will be at 20:45

Loop - The last bus from Margate to Ramsgate via Newington Road will be at 20:45

Loop - The last bus from Margate to Ramsgate via Derby Arms/The Viaduct will be at 21:00

Loop - The last bus from Margate to Westwood will be at 21:15

Loop - The last bus from Margate to Ramsgate via Broadstairs will be at 21:00

Loop - The last bus from Ramsgate to Margate via Newington Road will be at 20:31

Loop - The last bus from Ramsgate to Margate via Broadstairs will be at 20:49

Loop - The last bus from Ramsgate to Margate via Derby Arms/The Viaduct will be at 20:46

Loop - The last bus from Ramsgate to Westwood will be at 21:16

Stagecoach has also invited Father Christmas himself to drive some of the buses. A spokesman for the bus company confirmed that Santa will be behind the wheel on bus routes throughout Kent in the run up to Christmas – distributing goodwill to all and goodies to the younger passengers that board his bus. The company is running a competition asking people to Tweet a photo of their Santa bus driver to   @StagecoachSE  using #SantaBusDriver for a chance to win one day’s free bus travel.

Festive bus times and Boxing Day timetables are available to view online at www.stagecoachbus.com or by picking up a leaflet on the bus or from local bus hubs.


SBPRWill you see Santa driving the bus this Christmas? Tweet   @StagecoachSE  using #SantaBusDriver for a chance to win one day’s free bus travel.