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As one of England's oldest seaside resorts, Margate has attracted visitors to its golden sands for over 250 years. The railway from London reached the town in 1863, and the current Margate train station was designed by Maxwell Fry, the architect of three neo-classical stations for Southern Railways in the mid-1920s.

Today, visitors emerge from Fry's building to a view of the water and the wide expanse of Margate Sands, and the walk along the seafront takes in the Jubilee Clock Tower and the Marine Gardens. The main attractions of the town are within a short walk of the station. The legendary Dreamland theme park and its Scenic Railway rollercoaster – the oldest in Britain – reopened in 2015. Across the beach from the theme park is the Turner Contemporary art gallery, designed by David Chipperfield. Between the two, the streets around Margate Old Town Square are packed with galleries, cafes, restaurants and shops.

Station details & facilities

Trains to Margate station

Margate train station is mainly served by Southeastern trains, which connect London to Margate in 2h 5m and Ramsgate to Margate in 11m.

Need more information on how to get to Margate by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Margate.

Margate train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Margate station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Margate railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Margate.

Margate train station has four platforms. The main entrance leads into the ticket hall and the station cafe. If the counter is closed, the ticket machine is just outside the front door. The ticket hall opens out onto platform 1, where there is a waiting room with toilets. The remaining three platforms are reached via a subway, with lifts for step-free access. There is a second waiting room between platforms 2 and 3. The taxi rank is outside the main entrance.

Margate train station parking

Margate train station has three car parks outside the main entrance. All car parks have step-free access.

Hotels near Margate train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Margate station open?

Margate station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Margate station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Margate station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Margate.

Are there toilets at Margate station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Margate station.

Are dogs allowed at Margate station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Margate station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Margate

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Margate station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Gillingham (Kent)Southeastern22:141Late
to Gillingham (Kent)Southeastern22:401Late
to Gillingham (Kent)Southeastern22:554On time
to Gillingham (Kent)Southeastern23:021Late
to Gillingham (Kent)Southeastern23:043On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from RamsgateSoutheastern22:131Late
from RamsgateSoutheastern22:384On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern22:391Late
from RamsgateSoutheastern23:021Late
from RamsgateSoutheastern23:043On time
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