Visiting Deal & Walmer
Deal and Walmer stations are served by the same trains on the same line between Dover and Ramsgate, leaving from London Charing Cross. There is at least one train an hour during weekday off peak periods. High Speed trains offer a faster journey time from St.Pancras for an evening arrival or with a change to the Deal line at Ashford or Dover. From north west Kent the London Victoria line goes to Dover where you can change for Deal, or occasionally connection timings may make it advantageous to use the Ramsgate half of the same train after Faversham and arrive in Deal from the opposite direction. Passengers from north east Kent will have to also change at Ramsgate although some trains run through from Margate. Eurostar passengers from the continent should select a train for Ashford International and change there onto the Charing Cross line for Deal.
From all points of the UK you will approach Deal on the M20 to Folkestone or M2 to Canterbury. Even from the Dartford Crossing traffic conditions can make the M20 a better choice then the M2, there is very little in it. At Folkestone stay on the A20 through to Dover until you get to the roundabout in front of the Eastern Docks where Deal is signposted as a right turn up Jubilee Way over the docks. At the top of the hill turn right at the roundabout onto the A258 which leads you directly into town and enters the map at the bottom. From the M2 stay on the A2 past Canterbury which will lead you to the same roundabout by the Duke of York pub, where Deal is signposted as a left turn. Beware some satellite navigation systems set to shortest route will instruct you to turn off too early through some narrow lanes. This is not recommended unless you have time for a country drive. An alternate route from the M2 is to turn off for Canterbury and follow the city ring road until Sandwich A257 is signposted as a roundabout right turn then left at the traffic lights. Just before Sandwich, Deal will be signposted a right turn at the A256 roundabout which leads you to the A258 two roundabouts on which in turn brings you into Deal from the other direction, entering the map in the top left corner.
From Thanet follow road signs for A256 Sandwich and then take its bypass until you get to the A258 as above. From Herne Bay head towards Ramsgate on the A299 and then as above and from Whitstable head for Canterbury and then follow the alternate route directions above. Driving time from the M25 is usually just over 1 hour and from Thanet about 30 minutes.
By coach and Bus
National Express coaches run twice daily from London Victoria. Stagecoach buses run from Canterbury via Sandwich or Whitfield and from Dover from where connections to other parts of Kent are available. They also run local buses within the town.
Eurotunnel is an alternative to the ferries below and if you are careful to follow the signs for Folkestone when exiting the terminal it is about 30 minutes from Deal following the directions from M20 above.
The ferries of P & O from Calais and for vehicles only DFDS from Dunkerque, operate frequently to Dover Eastern Docks. At the dock exit use the centre lane to turn onto Jubilee Way and then follow the road directions above.Trans Europa Ferries operate from Ostend to Ramsgate from which it takes about 30 minutes following the directions from Thanet above. Marina facilities for private yachts are available at Dover and Ramsgate.
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