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Trains to Rochester chug into town along the banks of the River Medway, with the enchanting Norman castle towering over the waters and the spires of Rochester Cathedral - the second oldest in England - gradually coming into view. Historic buildings are what Rochester does best, and the town's Charles Dickens connections have helped it maintain its architectural heritage; look out for the Elizabethan Eastgate House, which features in The Pickwick Papers and now houses a Dickens museum. The annual Dickens Festival is also a major tourist attraction. Rochester station dates back to 1892, and takes commuters west to London Victoria, Charing Cross and St Pancras International, as well as connecting to Kent destinations like Canterbury, Ramsgate and Gillingham. The shops and bars along bustling Eastgate, are less than five minutes' walk from the station (turn right out of the forecourt). Keep going up Eastgate to reach the cathedral, castle and the Guildhall Museum.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Being staffed may mean there is only staff in the ticket office, who may not always be available to assist - booking is recommended
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:00 - 21:30
Sunday Closed
Saturday 06:45 - 13:25
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 BuffetUnavailable
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 spaces28
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£497.00
Three Monthly£248.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces24
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
front of station
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes
Lifts to platforms. Ticket Office and Car Park are step free.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are not available

The station has two entrances. Both lead into the concourse, which connects to a subway with steps and lifts to all four platforms, plus some extra ticket machines - handy if the ticket office is busy. Toilets and customer services are found on platform 1. There is a car park with cycle storage and lockers at the front of the building. Most trains to London depart from platform 3, with trains heading east into Kent departing from platform 2.

Departures and arrivals from Rochester

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Rochester station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London VictoriaSoutheastern05:081On time
to LutonThameslink05:141On time
to Rainham (Kent)Thameslink05:282On time
to London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern05:291On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern05:391On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Gillingham (Kent)Southeastern05:071On time
from Gillingham (Kent)Thameslink05:131On time
from FavershamSoutheastern05:281On time
from DartfordThameslink05:282On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern05:381On time
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in the UK. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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