Christmas is here! We at Thanet Star have your transportation concerns covered. The holiday season means that buses will not be operating as they normally would. It can be a little overwhelming and you don't need the hassle, so we have done the research so you don't have to.
On the surrounding dates – December 22nd, 23rd, 27th-30th, and January 2nd and 3rd – the services will be running on Sunday Service times, so check your local timetable's Sunday section for details.
However, on Christmas Day, New Years Day, and the "Eves" of both there are drastic changes that you should make sure you are aware of if you are planning on doing any travelling around Thanet or the surrounding areas via public transport.
For Christmas Day there are no buses at all, unfortunately, but hopefully everyone is too busy cosying up indoors with their friends and family to worry about that. There are also no buses on New Year's Day.
For Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve the "Last Buses" are as follows:
- The Loop
- Margate to Ramsgate
- via Newington Road at 20:45
- via Derby Arms / The Viaduct at 21:00
- via Broadstairs at 20:50
- Margate to Westwood at 21:15
- Ramsgate to Margate
- Via Newington Road at 20:35
- Via Broadstairs at 20:43
- Via Derby Arms / The Viaduct at 20:50
- Ramsgate to Westwood at 21:20<
- Margate to Ramsgate
- The Breeze (routes 8/8X)
- Margate to Canterbury at 19:45
- Canterbury to Margate at 20:40
- Margate to Birchington at 20:23
- Birchington to Canterbury at 21:09
Boxing Day – December 26th – has a very special timetable for The Loop which can be downloaded from the Stagecoach website, here.
You can pay for your tickets on the bus, or use the brand-new "Stagecoach Bus App" to purchase in advance and show the driver(s) when you get on-board their bus. The App is available for iOS and Android. The "app" also gives up-to-date service information.
If you require more information, there is a "Customer Service & Disability Helpdesk" phone number that operates from Monday to Saturday from 07:30 until 18:00, but this will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Tuesday 27th of December, New Year's Day and Monday January 2nd. On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve it will be closed at the earlier time of 14:30. The number is 03456 00 22 99. You can also "Tweet" them at @StagecoachSE and email to email@example.com.
From everyone here at Thanet Star, "Happy Holidays!", remember to make alternative arrangements with taxis or friends if the buses are not running when you need them to be, and above all else, have fun, but stay safe!