Getting to the events

The Battle of Medway is expected to attract thousands of visitors from the UK and from abroad. For this reason we recommend that you make travel arrangements using our public transport services on offer.

You can get to the Battle of Medway event locations by:


Medway has five mainline rail stations – Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham which all have frequent services from London. You can also get the high-speed train from St. Pancras which takes just 35 minutes to reach Medway. You can plan your journey on the National Rail Enquiries website.

Rail travel from Europe to Medway is faster and easier by Eurostar. Ebbsfleet International Station is only 20 minutes from Medway.


You can plan your bus and coach journeys through our providers: Arriva, ASD coaches, Nu-Venture and Chalkwell. Find details of bus routes throughout Medway and timetables. Regular National Express coaches run from London Victoria to the area.


The shuttle timetable for 9 June to 11 June and 16 June to 18 June 2017:


VIC coach bays

Upnor Castle

Bus Stop


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18:00 *

*last bus returns to Rochester only if passengers are on-board.

Shuttle fares – Adults £3, children/seniors £2 for an all day hop on/off ticket (English National Concessionary Passes are not accepted on this service but may qualify for concession fare).

Tickets are valid for the day of travel and can only be purchased on the bus from the driver.

The shuttle bus is wheelchair friendly with low access ramp for easy access. Arriva allow well behaved dogs on-board but they must be kept on a lead (please note dogs are allowed to the Medway in Flames event however are not encouraged to attend the evening finale due to fireworks). There’s no commentary on-board this bus. 


Medway is less than an hour’s drive from Gatwick, London City and Stansted airports. Heathrow and Luton are a 90 minute drive. There are excellent road and rail links to all airports.


There is easy access from London and the Kent coast on the M2/A2 and M20 motorways, linking with the M25. There are direct links from the A2/M2 to Rochester/ Chatham/ Gillingham via the A289 Medway Tunnel. If you're travelling by car, find out about car parks in Medway.

Travel updates

For the latest travel and traffic news, visit BBC Travel - Kent, Traffic England updates or follow @medway_council and @MedwayHighways on Twitter.


Travel and parking for Medway in Flames

Free shuttle bus service

  • From 1pm from Chatham bus station
  • The last bus will leave the station at 9.30pm
  • the final bus back to the station will leave the event at midnight
  • buses will run frequently and the journey to and from the event will be around five minutes, dependent on traffic.

Free park and ride service

  • From 1pm from Great Lines Heritage Park, Gillingham
  • The entrance will be from Marlborough Road and major routes across Medway will be sign posted directing crowds to follow the galleon signs to the park and ride site
  • Buses will run frequently
  • the last bus will leave the Great Lines at 9.30pm
  • the final bus leaving the event at 11.45pm.

Free parking

  • From 4pm in the universities’ car parks off of the Dock Road/Maritime Way roundabout, Chatham. This is a five minute walk away from the main the event
  • Anyone parking here will need to exit by 11.30pm.

Dockside outlet centre parking

  • Open as usual during the Medway in Flames event
  • Vehicles leaving at around 9.50pm may be delayed for a short time to allow for crowds to move off of the site.

Planned road closures

  • Dock Head Road will be closed to general traffic from 1pm
  • There will be access for bus services and residents only
  • Permits will be issued to residents to give them access
  • Dock Road will be closed from 9.45pm for a short time to allow for crowds to leave the site once the main event ends.

Parking restrictions

There will be no on-street parking allowed in the following areas from 8am to 11.59pm:

  • St Mary’s Island: Temporary parking restrictions will be in place on Island Way East and West from the junction to Samphire Way and Restharrow Way
  • Brompton area: Permit holders only
  • Upnor: High Street Upnor, Upnor Road, Upchat Road, Admiralty Road.

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