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Chatham is most famous for its maritime history and phenomenally productive dockyard. For the best part of 150 years, the town built the majority of the British Empire's ships - including HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. That's not to say that rail took a backseat, however. When the line arrived in 1858 it played a significant role in the town's continued prosperity, shuttling workers and VIPs back and forth from the dock. The station building, which straddles the track, has a sunshine-coloured exterior and arced window frames. It's a welcoming sight, as the station is uniquely positioned between two tunnels and trains arrive into town shrouded in darkness. Chatham's standout attractions are only a bus ride away and include Fort Amherst, a Georgian fortress built to protect the dockyard; the Royal Engineers Museum featuring tanks and a Harrier jump jet; and the 80-acre Historic Dockyard displaying warships and lifeboats. Dickens World, with the sounds and smells of the 19th century, is also worth a visit.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 20:00
Saturday 06:15 - 20:00
Sunday 07:00 - 19:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
ATM notes
Located on concourse
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces276
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£539.00
Three Monthly£270.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces55
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
downside car park
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes
Only access to platforms is via car park. Ticket Office is step free
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

The main entrance to the station is located on Railway Street. The concourse has a shop, baby changing facilities, ticket machines and an ATM. The platforms are accessed by stairs beyond the ticket barriers with platform 1 (towards London) to the right and platform 2 (towards Gillingham, Ramsgate and Dover) to the left. Both platforms have toilets and exits leading out to the car parks.

Departures and arrivals from Chatham

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Chatham station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Gillingham (Kent)Thameslink00:51On time
to Gillingham (Kent)Thameslink01:21On time
to Gillingham (Kent)Thameslink01:51On time
to Gillingham (Kent)Thameslink02:40On time
to Paddock WoodSoutheastern04:221On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from DartfordThameslink00:51On time
from DartfordThameslink01:21On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern01:372On time
from DartfordThameslink01:51On time
from DartfordThameslink02:40On time
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