Travelling to the Festival

Let’s be clear:  Please don’t drive to the Festival !

Driving to the Festival increases emissions, the town ends up in gridlock and once the carparks are inevitably filled, the temptation to go rogue and park ‘imaginatively’ can quickly become too much to resist – which is bad for everyone – bus routes get obstructed, residents’ driveways get blocked and visitors get served parking fines.

None of which is very festive, so please use the alternatives and whenever possible, please leave the car at home.

Whitstable Oyster Festival is primarily a local event, so if you’re one of the lucky residents in the Whitstabubble, please put your comfiest road beaters on, fill your lungs with fresh sea air and walk; stroll; have an explorative ramble; or take a leisurely saunter along to the activities – alternatively catch a local bus (see below).

 If you’re visiting us to join in the fun, please arrive by train, bus or coach.  It’s better for the environment, it’s better for the town and it’s better for you when the time comes to leave, because let us tell you now, the Canterbury Road can be a nightmare. Use the links and info below to plan you journey.

Note: There is no WOF Park & Ride service.

Travel by bus:
Tel:+44 (0) 871 200 2233 (bus times)
Tel:+44 (0) 8456 002299 (customer services)

Frequent services running from all local and regional towns, many direct but some via Canterbury. View a local bus route map here, and a route map for services 4, 5 & 6 here.

Travel by coach:
Company:National Express
Tel:+44 (0) 8717 818178
Tel:+44 (0) 8717 818179
Textphone:+44 (0) 121 455 0086

Coaches run from London Victoria to Whitstable with no connections and a journey time of approximately 2hrs 35mins.

Travel by train:
Company: Southeastern Trains
Tel:+44 (0) 845 000 2222

There are frequent direct trains to Whitstable from Margate, Birchington-on-Sea and Herne Bay; as well as Faversham, Sittingbourne, Rainham, Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Gravesend and Ebbsfleet International.

There are also frequent direct trains between London Victoria or London St Pancras and Whitstable with a journey time between 1hr 13mins and 2hrs 21mins.

Journey times are approximately 1 hour 50 minutes (Victoria) and 2 hours (Charing Cross).

Travel by car:
As stated above, if you can use alternative transport we would really very much appreciate it – as would the community that will be hosting your visit! If however a car is your only option then we recommend the following options:


Council-run Car Parks:
If you want to try your look with one of the council-run car parks we recommend taking a look at the See Whitstable website for it’s excellent car park info page HERE