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Trains to Whitstable first started running in the early 1830s, transporting passengers and freight between Whitstable on the north Kent coast and Canterbury, around six miles away. The line became popular with people wanting to visit the seaside and enjoy Whitstable’s famous seafood, earning it the nickname the Crab and Winkle Railway. Since then, the town has had five different stations in various locations and of different names. The current Whitstable station opened in 1914 and is on the Chatham Main Line, which runs between Ramsgate in East Kent and London Victoria. It’s just over half a mile from the station to the harbour and seafront. The seafood industry is still an important part of the town’s economy and social life, something that’s celebrated each year with the summer Oyster Festival. Watersports, walking and shopping also draw visitors to the area from the rest of Kent and beyond.

Find out more about trains to Whitstable.

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
Weekdays06:10 - 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 BuffetUnavailable
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 spaces43
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£333.00
Three Monthly£167.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces26
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Suitable for wheelchair access.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are not available

Whitstable station has two platforms. There is a pedestrian bridge with steps between the two platforms, but no lifts, so people requiring level access need to enter the station from the side they will be travelling from. The front of the station, ticket office, toilets, bus stop, cycle storage and platform 1 are on Old Bridge Road. Platform 2 and a taxi rank are on Railway Avenue. There are car parks on both sides of the station.

Departures and arrivals from Whitstable

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Whitstable station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London VictoriaSoutheastern18:54On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern19:072On time
to RamsgateSoutheastern19:13On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern19:27On time
to MargateSoutheastern19:38Late
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from RamsgateSoutheastern18:54On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern19:072On time
from London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern19:13On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern19:27On time
from London Cannon StreetSoutheastern19:37Late
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