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Bus passes and timetables

Information on all of Medway's Bus routes and services

Information on the concessionary travel scheme for older and disabled persons

Includes information on all school bus services including the pre booked MY school bus service

Information on bus route/services changes due to road works and bank holidays. Includes details of changes from 18 September

Medway has a well-connected bus network, with a number of routes supported financially by the council. Bus services operate close to most homes in Medway and there are more easy-access super low-floor buses in service. If you have difficulty in using the main bus network, the Medway Mobility service offers a link to the main shopping centres.

Service 703 - County Connect ceases operations

As of 15 December, County Connect Buses ceases operations with immediate effect. The 703 service (which was operated commercially by County Connect) which ran between Halling, Cuxton and Bluewater on Wednesdays and Saturdays will no longer run.

January 9 - changes to Nu-Venture services 172-175 and 192 serving Strood, Wainscott, Frindsbury and Lodge Hill

From 9 January 2017 there will be an amendment to the timetable for Nu-Venture bus services 172, 173 and 175 which serve Chatham, Strood, Frindsbury, Wainscott and Lodge Hill.

The aim of the new timetable is to improve reliability and punctuality to journeys across the whole service throughout the day.

  • During off-peak periods on Mondays to Fridays, the new service pattern will continue to provide for hourly buses via Salters Cross/Rede Court Road (bus 172), hourly at Frindsbury (bus 175), half-hourly at Brompton Farm Road/Wainscott (buses 172/175) and hourly at Lodge Hill (bus 172 and 175 together with the existing ASD service 197 in the early morning and afternoon – this is unaffected).  This rearrangement gives both the 172 and 175 more running time in the Strood area, and - for the 172 - recovery time at the end of its route at Wainscott to ensure that buses can remain punctual.
  • Lodge Hill Chattenden will have 7 journeys to and from Lodge Hill Monday to Friday.  Saturdays will have 5 journeys in each direction with the 172 and 173.
  • Strood Watling Street will have 6 journeys into Chatham, and 5 journeys to Strood Monday to Friday, and Saturdays 5 into Chatham and 4 towards Strood with the 172.
  • Cooling Road will have 8 journeys to Chatham and 9 towards Liberty Park Monday to Friday, and 5 in each direction on Saturdays with the 175

The simplification of services will see the use of route numbers 174 and 192 disappear.

Please download the new timetable (109KB pdf file)

Connected Kent and Medway Smartcard

The Kent and Medway Connected Smartcard is a new way to pay for travel on certain buses instead of cash. It can be used on only:

  • ASD Coaches
  • Autocar
  • Chalkwell
  • County Connect
  • Farleigh Coaches
  • Go Coach
  • Nu-Venture

Please note the smartcard is not accepted on Arriva buses. 

For more information on the scheme please visit our visit the Connected website.  


PlusBus is a discount price bus pass that you can buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office, or online. It can also be bought from self service machines at selected stations.Plus Bus logo

Within Medway PlusBus gives you unlimited bus travel on Arriva and Nu-Venture around the whole area. There are no peak period restrictions, so you can hop-on and hop-off buses as much as you like all day.

For more details on Medway PlusBus please visit the PlusBus website.

Bank holidays

Chatham Waterfront Bus Station is open whenever buses are running, but some routes will have a more limited service on bank holidays (GOV.UK). Contact the bus operator in the first instance.


Traveline is available for detailed information in public transport journey planning.

Maps (pdf format)

Interactive Bus Map

Medway Council has now relaunched its Medway Map Service and there is now a layer showing bus stops, which gives you real time information when the next bus will be arriving at a stop.

Please visit the Medway Maps and on the left hand side, open the "Transport" folder, and choose the bus stop layer (select the eye logo). In the search field at the top enter a postcode, and that will show the bus stops in that area.

By using Medway Map Service 2 you agree to adhere to the guidelines and are aware of the disclaimers placed on the site as set out on the Medway Maps page.

Arriva Bus App

Arriva have launched an interactive bus app for smartphones and tablets where users can now track buses on the network in real time. There are also timetables, a trip planner option, the latest news and you can use the m ticket and buy tickets electronically. For more information visit Arriva's website.

Report bus shelter damage

Have you seen a vandalised or damaged bus stop or shelter? Report it.