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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.

March 27- Changes to Nu-Venture 185 service

From Monday 27 March there will be changes to the 185 service. There will be amendments to times of the service running between Chatham Waterfront and Pattens Lane and Davis Estate.

Also from March 27 the 185 will no longer be running between Chatham Waterfront Bus Station and Asda at Gillingham Pier due to lack of usage.

During Monday to Friday daytimes the 185 service is operated commercially by Nu-Venture. It is supported by Medway Council in the early morning and evenings, and all day Saturday.

The new 185 timetable from March 27 can be downloaded.

Services 145 & 142 - Being diverted due to road closure in Delce Road

Due to a building collapse in Delce Road which has lead to a complete closure of the road, buses 142, and 145 are currently being diverted.

Nu-Venture service 142 is being diverted via City Way, to St Williams Way, then to normal route at Fairlead Road. A temporary bus stop will be set up at the junction of Fairlead Road and St Williams Way.

Arriva service 145  is being diverted via City Way, Onslow Road to Delce Road then back on normal route.

These diversions are to take place until further notice.

Forthcoming works Chatham Bus Station

Improvement works to upgrade the current crossing points at Chatham Waterfront Bus Station will start on 20 February 2017 (off peak between 7pm - 5am). The works will take approximately 3 weeks to complete. For the protection of the public and the workforce there will be some road closures and a diversion route in place.

There will temporary closures of:

  • Waterfront Way at the junction with Globe Lane/Medway Street
  • Medway Street at the junction with Globe Lane/Waterfront Way

The roads will not be closed at the same time, and a signed diversion will be in place whenever there are road closures. Please note that buses may operate from different stands while works are going on.

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.

Please download Arriva Easter Bus Timetable leaflet (2,678KB pdf file)


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.