Getting to Tenterden

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Tenterden is situated on the A28 between Hastings and Ashford and is less than an hour by car from the M25.


Eurostar: Ashford International Station: 20 minutes
Eurotunnel: Cheriton, Folkestone: 30 minutes
Dover ferries: 45 minutes
Manston airport, Kent: 1hr 15 minutes
Gatwick Airport: 1hr 15 minutes
Headcorn (nearest Railway station): 15 minutes
Ashford International Railway Station: 20 minutes


There are regular bus links from Ashford, Hastings, Headcorn, Maidstone, Rolvenden, Rye and Tunbridge Wells to Tenterden. Real time bus information is available here

For detailed information about all routes, timetables and fares please see the Traveline Southeast website  -  type 'Tenterden' into the Location box.

The following are the main bus routes to and from Tenterden:

Service 2
Rolvenden - Tenterden – Ashford Town Centre - Ashford International Railway Station section
Via St Michaels, Bethersden, Great Chart
Operated by Stagecoach in East Kent
Mon-Sat only

Service 2
Hastings – Tenterden section
Via Conquest Hospital, Brede, Broad Oak, Northiam, Newenden, Rolvenden
Operated by Stagecoach in East Kent
Mon-Sat only

Service 2A
Ashford - Tenterden
Via Kingsnorth, Shadoxhurst and Woodchurch
Operated by Stagecoach in East Kent
Mon-Sat only

Service 12
Tenterden - Headcorn – Maidstone
Via St Michaels, Biddenden, Sutton Valence, Langley Heath
Operated by Arriva Kent & Surrey

Service 292
Hawkhurst - Sandhurst - Rolvenden - Tenterden
Operated by Arriva Kent & Surrey
Fri only

Service 292 School service, term time only
Lydd – Jury’s Gap – Peasmarsh – Four Oaks – Northiam – Newenden - Rolvenden Layne – Rolvenden – Tenterden Homewood School
Operated by Stagecoach in East Kent

Service 292B School service, term time only
Sandhurst – Newenden – Rolvenden Layne - Rolvenden
Operated by Hams Travel

Service 293
Tenterden - Wittersham – Stone in Oxney - Appledore – Reading Street – Leigh Green - Tenterden
Operated by Kent Coach Tours
Mon and Fri only

Service 293
Tunbridge Wells – Pembury - Lamberhurst – Flimwell - Hawkhurst – Iden Green – Benenden - Rolvenden - Tenterden
Operated by Arriva Kent & Surrey
Thurs only

Service 294
Tenterden - Rolvenden Layne - Tenterden
Operated by Kent Coach Tours
Mon and Fri only

Service 297
Tenterden - Cranbrook - Goudhurst - Pembury - Tunbridge Wells
Operated by Renown Coaches
Mon-Sat only

Service 299
Tonbridge - Pembury - Lamberhurst - Hawkhurst - Tenterden
Operated by Arriva Kent & Surrey
Fri only

Service 312
Rye to Tenterden
Via Playden, Iden, Wittersham and Small Hythe
Operated by Stagecoach from 27 December 2017

Service 518 School service, term time only

Norton Knatchbull School - Ashford - Bethersden - Tenterden
School Bus
Operated by Stagecoach

HS1 School service, term time only
Homewood School - Great Chart - Ashford - Willesborough
Operated by Poynters Coaches

HS4 School service, term time only
Homewood School – Bethersden - Ashford - Kennington
Operated by Poynters Coaches



The nearest mainline railway stations to Tenterden are Headcorn (9 miles) to London Charing Cross (1hr 3minutes), and Ashford International (12 miles) the High Speed line to London St Pancras (38 minutes)

Headcorn: Services for Headcorn depart from London Charing Cross (you may also board trains at London Bridge, and London Waterloo East, a short platform walk from London Waterloo). On your arrival at Headcorn station, bus number 12  will bring you into the centre of Tenterden. There are normally taxis available at Headcorn station.

Ashford: Services for Ashford depart from London St Pancras (HS1, the high speed rail link), 38 minutes journey time. There are also regular services from London Charing Cross and from London Victoria via Maidstone East however these are slower lines. There are taxis available at Ashford station.

Appledore: There is a railway station at Appledore (Kent), 7.5 miles from Tenterden (the closest station to Tenterden), however Appledore is not on the main line and services terminate at Ashford to the north and Hastings to the south and along the coast to Brighton. We do not recommend visitors using Appledore (Kent) train station as there are no facilities (i.e. no ticket office, no taxis, no buses) at Appledore station and the station is 2 miles on country roads from the village of Appledore. Some locals however are starting to use Appledore station to link into the high speed rail link at Ashford so it is possible that in the future this station might develop. However at the moment if you are a visitor and you arrive at Appledore station you will be right in the depths of the Kent countryside with no way of getting anywhere, unless of course someone is collecting you in a car.

For train times from/to Headcorn Station, see the National Rail Network website. For more detailed information about Headcorn Railway Station such as car parking, disabled access, ticket office opening hours, station facilities, live service information and engineering works see the South Eastern Railways website page for Headcorn Station. For bus times from Headcorn station, use the Traveline Southeast website

NOTE: Tenterden does have a train station however Tenterden Town Station is a historic line serviced with steam trains by the Kent & East Sussex Railway. At the moment the line runs from Tenterden to Bodiam Castle but it is hoped that within the next couple of years it will run through to Robertsbridge and into the mainline.


If you would like to book a taxi in Tenterden it is best to pre-book. Please see for taxis and private car hire in Tenterden


The National Cycle Network Route 18 goes through Tenterden. This 42 mile (67km) route (The Wealden Cycle Trail) runs on small country lanes through the High Weald.


There are a number of pay and display car parks throughout the town, as well as free short stay on-street parking (one hour) in the High Street. Car parking is free all day in Bridewell Lane car park on Sundays and Public Holidays. Pay and display or pay by mobile phone. Car parks

  • Station Road car park (East & West sides of Station Rd, West is a car park all year, East is a combined car park & coach park in the winter and a dedicated coach park in the Spring, Summer & Autumn)
  • Bridewell Lane car park (long stay car park, free all day on Sundays and Bank Holidays)
  • Recreation Ground Road car park (also known as Waitrose car park)
  • A smaller part of Recreation Ground Road car park opposite Ivy Court Surgery (free for one hour for patients using the surgery - you must obtain a free ticket from the machine)
  • Tenterden Leisure Centre car park
  • Tesco car park (for Tesco shoppers, 2 hours free)
  • Tenterden Town Railway car park (for Kent & East Sussex Railway passengers)


The East Side of Station Road car park is for coaches only from 1st April to 31st October every year), from 1st November to 31st March the East Side of Station Road car park is for coaches AND cars
Photos: Lewis J Brockway 
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