Getting to Kent & Canterbury Hospital

The Trust, like the rest of the NHS, has preparations in place to ensure essential services for patients can continue to be available if local traffic routes are disrupted, in the same way it prepares for other potential disruptions, from heavy snowfall to flooding. If you have an appointment, please still plan to attend. If we need to reschedule your appointment we will contact you. 

Please allow plenty of time for your journey, and ensure you are well-prepared for potential disruption to your journey. Please check the latest travel updates before you set off. 

By car


Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Ethelbert Road,
CT1 3NG. 

Phone: 01227 766877 (switchboard)

Plan your route

You might find the following websites useful in planning your route to our hospital (other websites are available)

  • AA Map finder - enter your postcode, town or area to find online maps of your area

  • Google maps- enter your postcode, town or area and the hospital postcode CT1 3NG

  • AA Route Planner - you can search for a route using street or postcode, town or city and enter the hospital postcode CT1 3NG.

  • Follow @KentHighways for the latest information on traffic and travel news or visit www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel


Please see the Parking webpages for full details of parking at each of our Hospitals.

Public transport

Bus services

Stagecoach route 25 provides frequent buses between the hospital and Canterbury city centre. At the city centre connections can be made with buses to and from outlying areas.

To plan your bus journey to and from the Kent & Canterbury Hospital, please use the journey planner on the Stagecoach website here [https://www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey] or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge).

Image of a StageCoach bus

Train services

Trains to Canterbury (Kent and Canterbury Hospital)

Canterbury East is the nearest rail station to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. It is a short walk to the bus station. Canterbury West rail station is further, although several bus services run from there to the bus station. From the bus station you can catch bus service 25 or 25a to the hospital.

There are regular direct train services to Canterbury East from Faversham, Adisham, London Victoria and Dover Priory, as well as many other stations. 

There are regular direct train services to Canterbury West from Margate, Ramsgate, Ashford and Maidstone, as well as many other stations.

Please visit the South Eastern Railway website for full details and times of rail connections and timetables.

For information on the PlusBus service, which adds unlimited bus travel around town when you purchase your train ticket, please visit the PlusBus website.

Taxi services

There are many local taxi companies that will serve each of the hospital sites in east Kent. Many taxi companies advertise their contact numbers near the phones by entrances to hospitals. Here are some useful links to help you find a taxi in your area.

  • Taxis in Kent - a list of taxi companies depending on which area you are in.

  • Yell - Yellow Pages online.
Patient Transport offered by East Kent Hospitals

NHS Transport

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) provides a free non-emergency ambulance healthcare transport service for patients who have a clinical and medical need for transport, where their current mobility needs would not allow them to use their own, or public transport to get to or from an NHS health care appointment.

To find out if you are eligible, please see the 'Getting to our hospitals by NHS transportwebpage.