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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 MY school bus.

Information on bus route/services changes due to road works and bank holidays.

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.

Update to Medway Youth Pass Season ticket sales - June 27

Following discussions with Arriva a weekly discounted season ticket of £13.30 will be available to Medway Youth Card holders via Arriva’s M Ticket app.

To get the discount Medway Youth Passholders will need to visit the Travel Information Centre in Chatham Waterfront Bus Station and show their pass. A promo code will be issued by the Information Centre staff.

Then passholders will need to go on to the Arriva M Ticket app and follow these steps:

  • If not already registered on the app new users have to register their details, including name, email, mobile number and postcode
  • A debit or credit card is needed to purchase tickets
  • When purchasing a ticket on the app, please select a Medway Adult weekly ticket
  • Then the promo code is entered at this stage. This will reduce the cost of the ticket from £20.80 to £13.30 - a discount of £7.50
  • The ticket will then be sent to your phone
  • The ticket can be bought on an M Ticket app (on, say, a child’s phone) or bought via an M Ticket App on another phone (for example a parent) and then pushed to the other phone
  • When boarding the bus please show the ticket on screen and the Medway Youth Pass so the driver can check eligibility.

Please download the full information here.

This is a short term solution for this summer. Longer term, Arriva and Medway Council are looking at a solution where discounts can be applied via the M ticket app using individual specific card numbers on the back of the Medway Youth Pass card. More information will be released when available.

For more information on the M Ticket application please visit

https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/bus-tickets/m-ticket/ or call 0844 800 4411

July 24 - Changes to the Nu-Venture 130/131 service

From July 24 there are some timetable changes on the 130/131 timetable. This includes the retiming of journeys to a more even spread during the day. Some journeys have been removed which had very low patronage such as the 0716 from Maidstone to Twydall. All journeys now terminate at Twydall Shops rather than the Will Adams Centre in Beechings Way. The new timetable can be downloaded here

July 24 - New 183 service to operate between Twydall, Hazlemere Drive, Grange Road, Gillingham Green to Asda.

A new three times a day service Monday to Friday will start from July 24 from Twydall to Asda at Gillingham Pier. The service will run from Twydall via Goudhurst Road, Eastcourt Lane, Beechings Way, A289, Lower Rainham Road (Hastings Arms), Plantation Road, Hazlemere Estate, Grange Road, Gillingham Green, Church Street, A289 to Asda. A full timetable and map can be downloaded here.

Nu-Venture are operating the service.

July 24 - Open Top Bus Tour returns

From 24 July- 3 September Medway's Open Top bus tour returns. Hop on and off all day long as you explore Medway's tourist attractions. The bus runs from 11am until 4pm every day, travelling between Rochester Visitor Information Centre, Rochester Castle, Chatham Bus Station, Fort Amherst, Royal Engineers Museum, Dockside Outlet Centre, Historic Dockyard, and back to Chatham Bus Station and Rochester.

Tickets cost £3.75 for adults and £2.50 for children and senior citizens. Please note that English National Concessionary Passes are not accepted on this service.

Download the Open Top Bus timetable here (2383KB pdf file)

July 23 - Minor changes to Arriva Timetables.

Please note that from Sunday 23 July there are minor timing changes to the following Arriva services- 113, 116, 120, 121, 132, 140, 141, 145, 166, 182, 191, 700. New timetables can be downloaded on our bus timetables page.


Services 145 & 142 - 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.

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.