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Getting around Medway

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Arriva is here to help you get around the Medway Towns and the surrounding area.

Our buses run across the region, with frequent services linking estates and residential areas to the town centres and to Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre.

There are also frequent 'Sapphire' buses to Maidstone that run every twelve minutes for most of the day on Mondays to Saturdays and half-hourly on Sundays, as well as to Bluewater every twenty minutes for most of the day on Mondays to Saturdays and half-hourly on Sundays.

Sapphire buses are fitted with free Wi-Fi, more comfortable seating, USB power sockets and audio-visual displays to announce the next bus stop to be called at.

Free Wi-Fi is also available on board an increasing number of buses on other routes in the Medway Towns and our latest buses have 4G Wi-Fi and at-seat USB charging sockets.

We provide a frequent service to the Universities at Medway, with great-value ticket prices for university students.

Medway Bus Routes

Arriva runs a network of services across the Medway Towns, linking Chatham Waterfront Bus Station with all main residential areas, tourist attractions, schools, colleges, shopping areas and the Universities at Medway campus.

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Service network maps

You can see the network of services that Arriva provides around the Medway Towns on our Medway network map.

Our network of main services across West Kent can be seen on our Kent network map.

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The Chatham Connection

All buses run to and from Chatham Waterfront Bus Station, right in the heart of town.

You can change between services and make connections with Arriva’s comprehensive network of services to other parts of Medway and to surrounding places such as Bluewater, Gravesend and Maidstone.

The Bus Station is close to the Pentagon Shopping Centre and just a short walk from the High Street. If you're visiting Medway for a day out or a short break, our buses can get you to most of the local tourist attractions.

Services 190 and 191 run frequently from Dickens World and Chatham Historic Dockyard and through the historic centre of Rochester with its Victorian High Street, castle and cathedral. There are frequent buses to the Royal Engineers' Museum at Brompton - take Sapphire 101, the 116, the 121 or the 182.



Fort Amherst is a five-minute walk away from the Bus Station or hop on a Sapphire 101, 116, 121, 182, 190 or 191 and get off the bus at the Medway Council offices in Dock Road. Fort Amherst is a short walk away on the opposite side of the road. Buses back to Chatham Bus and Rail Stations stop right outside the fort.

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Universities and MidKent College

Arriva's buses provide frequent links to the Universities at Medway campus at Chatham Maritime, the University for the Creative Arts at Rochester and to MidKent College at Gillingham. Big savings on travel costs can be made with our money-saving prices that are exclusive to the universities and MidKent College.

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