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Trains to Herne Bay travel along the majestic north Kent coastline before coming to rest about 10 minutes from the seaside resort's sand and shingle beach. Herne Bay has been attracting visitors since the 1830s, when its first pier opened; back then, many visitors from London would travel on steamboats down the Thames, but the steamer industry declined after the arrival of rail in the 1860s. The town continued to boom through the 19th century due to the Victorian obsession with the sea air and bathing. The buildings on platform 2 are all that remain of the original 1863 station - the rest dates back to 1926. Look out across the bay to get a glimpse of one the country's largest offshore wind farms. This is also where The Dambuster bombs were tested in 1943, a pivotal moment in WW2. Find out more about it at Herne Bay Museum, which also features fossils found on the beach.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Being staffed may mean there is only staff in the ticket office, who may not alw
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 19:00
Saturday 06:10 - 19:00
Sunday 09:10 - 16:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • 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 spaces92
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£304.00
Three Monthly£152.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces38
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
downside platform - London end
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes
Platform 2 is step free only. Ticket Office and Car Park are step free.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

Herne Bay station is accessible on one side. The main entrance leads into the ticket office and onto platform 2 (towards Ramsgate and Folkestone). There's a staffed ticket desk inside, but if it's closed or busy you'll find a ticket machine on the platform. Access to platform 1 (towards London) is via a subway - there is currently no step-free access. Toilets, including accessible facilities, are just past the subway on platform 2.

Departures and arrivals from Herne Bay

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Herne Bay station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London VictoriaSoutheastern04:521On time
to London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern05:421On time
to London Cannon StreetSoutheastern05:581On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern06:171On time
to London Cannon StreetSoutheastern06:351On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from RamsgateSoutheastern04:521On time
from BroadstairsSoutheastern05:411On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern05:571On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern06:171On time
from BroadstairsSoutheastern06:341On time
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