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Getting about Thanet over Christmas and New Year

The Thanet Star guide for Christmas and New Year to Buses, Trains and Taxis.

This is a follow up to our overview of bus services and offers looking at bus times, train times and taxi prices over the holiday period.

Monday 23rd

Buses today are running but they follow the School Holiday timetables. They seem to be a bit busier than normal and delaies are reportedly common. Give yourself a bit of extra time to make any bus trips today.

Trains are running as normal today and taxis are charging the normal rate.

Tuesday 24th (Christmas Eve)

Trains will run as normal but will finish early. If you are hoping to get the last train home please make sure you double check your times at the station.

Buses again follow the School Holiday timetables but finish early. Loop and Breeze routes will both finish running between 8pm and 10pm with most stops last being serviced just after 9pm.

The last bus to Canturbury (from Margate) is 1945 (7:45pm)
The last bus back from Canturbury to Margate is 2040 (8:40pm)
The last bus to Margate from Birchington is at 2023 (8:23pm)
The last bus to Birchington from Margate 2109 (just after 9pm)

If you are out enjoying the revelry please remember to keep a little extra back for your cab fair as taxi's after 11pm (2300) are liable to be a bit pricey.

Cab prices are normal from but 7pm to 11pm they move to Time and a Half and from 11pm onwards right up to Double Time.

Wednesday 25th (Christmas Day)

No buses or trains running. Taxi Firms will be charging double time. Be safe and enjoy yourself.

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Thursday 26th (Boxing Day)

The Loop will be operating a special timetable running every twenty minutes. No other buses will be running and there are no trains running locally as we understand it.

From Midnight to 5am Taxis are still going to be Double Time but from 5am they will be charging Time and a Half.

Friday 27th

School Holiday timetables, except for route 51 which is not in operation and routes 39/39A 42 and 56 which will operate on a Saturday timetable. Trains run a Saturday service subject to engineering work.

Taxi fares are likely to be normal rates.

Saturday 28th

Normal Saturday timetables for trains and buses.

Taxi fares are likely to be normal rates.

Sunday 29th

Normal Sunday timetables for buses and trains.

Taxi fares are likely to be normal rates.

Monday 30th

School Holiday timetables, except for route 51 which is not in operation and routes 39/39A 42 and 56 which will operate on a Saturday timetable.

Taxi fares are likely to be normal rates.

Tuesday 31st New Year's Eve

Like Christmas eve buses follow the School Holiday timetables but finish early except for route 51 which is not in operation and routes 39/39A, 42 and 56 which will operate on a Saturday timetable. Loop and Breeze routes will both finish running between 8pm and 10pm with most stops last being serviced just after 9pm.

The last bus to Canterbury (from Margate) is 1945 (7:45pm)
The last bus back from Canterbury to Margate is 2040 (8:40pm)
The last bus to Margate from Birchington is at 2023 (8:23pm)
The last bus to Birchington from Margate 2109 (just after 9pm)

New Years Eve is the same as Christmas Eve for taxi prices with normal fares to start with but Time and a Half and from 7pm until 11pm after which you will pay Double Time.

Trains should be running as normal.

Wednesday 01st New Year's Day

No buses. Taxis will be charging Double Time. Trains will be running a Sunday Service.

Thursday 2nd

Buses will follow the School Holiday timetables. Trains will run as normal. From 5am Taxis will be charging normal rates.

Friday 3rd

Buses will follow the School Holiday timetables. Trains will run as normal. Taxis will be charging normal rates.

More Info

Numbers for cabs that we understand to be running throughout the week are 333333 (Thanet Taxis), 581581 (United Cars) and 888888 (Central Cars). Depending on when you call the cab (or it arrives depending on policy) you may be charged Time and a Half or Double Time depending on the day and time. We spoke to several taxi companies and they gave us the same times for fare changes however it is worth checking if the taxi company you choose to use follows the same pattern before you book.

Time and a Half is when you charged the normal fare plus 50% more so a fare costing 5 would cost you 7.50. Double Time means you pay double the normal rate so a fare that would cost you 5 would cost 10.

If you know of any seasonal changes to travel arrangments or unexpected closures please feel free to comment of to get in touch and message us on facebook or tweet us.

You can also check the Stagecoach Christmas update for Thanet and the rest of Kent.

Further train information is available from National Rail.

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