There are many options for visitors to our Christmas Events to travel sustainably to Rochester. Below we have detailed all the options available to you.
If you are travelling by car, parking in Rochester is limited across all the event days. Find out more about parking options and the park and ride service for Dickensian Festival weekend below.
Rochester and Strood train stations both have excellent links with London Victoria and St. Pancras services, with the high-speed train reaching Medway in just 35 minutes.
There are plenty of other train routes to reach Rochester from various towns throughout Kent and Medway. Rochester station is only a few minutes walk from the historic High Street and the Christmas Markets at Rochester Castle. Strood station is connected to Rochester Station via the London St. Pancras Service or just a short stroll across Rochester Bridge.
If you need to get to your local train station by car, why not consider parking there and catch the train to Rochester?
To help you plan your journey, visit Southeastern's website or use our 'Live' timetable search facility at the bottom of this page!
There are many bus stops in and around Rochester, and it's well served by bus routes from other destinations.
Information also available from Traveline at www.traveline.info or 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 12p per minute plus network access charge)
Medway Council has also secured government funding to provide free bus travel in and around Medway on Saturday, 9 and Sunday, 10 December (up to 8pm). This includes single journeys on any Medway bus operator.
If you are visiting the Christmas events by coach or minibus, you will need to prebook your visit in advance, as parking spaces and passenger pick-up times are limited.
The deadline for booking is Wednesday, 1 November 2023.
NB. no spaces available for departure slots 1730 & 1800hrs on Saturday, 2 December and 1800hrs on Sunday, 3 December.
Rochester town centre parking will be extremely limited during the Rochester Dickensian Festival weekend. We strongly advise visitors to use the park and ride service, which will operate from the University of Greenwich, adjacent to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, between 9am-6pm every 10-12 minutes on both days of the Dickensian Christmas Festival.
For more details on how to reach the Park & Ride and bus accessibility, click here.
Blue Badge spaces are available in all public pay and display car parks. Please note, for car parks operating ANPR camera systems, blue badge holders will need to register their vehicle in advance to qualify for free parking and must continue to display your badge when parked.
For the Christmas Markets and Dickensian Christmas weekend, additional on street blue badge parking spaces are provided on the Esplanade (beneath the castle wall). These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.
For further details on blue badge parking in Medway, please visit Medway Council's website.
Long Stay Car Parking
Long stay car parking is available at the Rochester multi-storey car park, where you will find electric bays with charge points and blue badge spaces.
The Brook multi-storey Chatham is approximately 20-minutes walking distance from Rochester, with regular buses operating from nearby Chatham Waterfront Bus Station.
We strongly advise visitors to use public transport wherever possible, or during the Rochester Dickensian Festival weekend, use the park and ride service that will operate on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December. Click here for more details on P&R.
For visitors wishing to cycle to the Rochester events, cycle racks can be found at Blue Boar Lane, Northgate and Corporation Street car park.
It is advisable that you bring your own lock for security purposes.
Chatham Intra is just a short stroll from historic Rochester, with a fascinating story to tell...
Located at the intersection of Chatham and Rochester High Streets, Chatham Intra is full of character, with a multitude of small, independent businesses where you will find a wide range of bars and restaurants to explore.
Bus services run 7 days a week from this station, serving destinations across Medway and Kent with regular services to Rochester.
Chatham is approximately 20 minutes walking distance on foot.
Wherever possible, we encourage our visitors to travel sustainably around Medway by walking, cycling and using public transport. It is possible to travel while keeping your carbon footprint low and caring for the planet at the same time. To read more about Car Free Days around Medway and our Climate Change Action Plan.