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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.

Christmas and New Year Bus Information

Please download the Christmas and New Year Public Transport arrangements document (781KB pdf file). This gives details of all changes to bus, rail and commuter coaches.

With regards to local bus services the following arrangements will occur:-

Wed 20 December- Normal Schoolday Services will run with additional 700 evening journeys to/from Bluewater

Thurs 21 December- Normal Schoolday Services will run with additional 700 evening journeys to/from Bluewater

Fri 22 December- Normal Schoolday Services will run with additional 700 evening journeys to/from Bluewater

Sat 23 December- Normal Saturday Services will run with additional 700 evening journeys to/from Bluewater

Sun 24 December (Christmas Eve)- Normal Sunday services. Some evening National Express 007/022 journeys will not operate

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) - No services, except limited National Express 814 service

Tues 26 December (Boxing Day)- No services except 190 service between Chatham and Dockside Outlet Centre, and 166/700 which will run to a special timetable

Wed 27- Fri 29 December- Saturday timetable in operation except:-

  • 120/121- a normal Monday to Friday timetable will run
  • 783 - a special timetable will run
  • M1 service will not run.

Sat 30 December- normal Saturday services

Sun 31 December (New Year's Eve)- Normal Sunday services. Some evening National Express 007/022 journeys will not operate

Mon 1 January (New Year's Day)- Normal Sunday Services. A limited 007/022 National Express service will run. A special 166/700 service will run.

Tue 2 January- Normal non schoolday services will run

Wed 3 January- Normal services resume.

Service 185- Changes from 22 January 2018

We have been informed by Nu- Venture that they will cease operating the 185 service between Chatham, and the Davis Estate from 22 January 2018. The service which was commercially operated by them suffered from low usage.

Medway Council, and Kent County Council still support early morning, and afternoon journeys, and Saturday journeys on the 185.

Update to Medway Youth Pass Season ticket sales - September

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.

Children travelling outside Arriva Medway area

For Medway resident children travelling from Medway to a school outside Medway (such as Gravesend or Maidstone) a South East area ticket will be required. Select Kent & Surrey > South East zone and select Child. Select a child weekly ticket. The promotion code will reduce the cost for SouthEast Child weekly from £22.80 to £20. Compared to a South East adult weekly ticket of £30.80 this represents a saving of 36%.

Please download the full information here.

For more information on the M Ticket application please visit

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

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.

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 it's Medway Map Service and there is now a layer showing bus stops which gives you real time information about when the next bus will be arriving at a stop.

Please visit the Medway Maps and open the "Transport" folder on the left hand side, choose the bus stop layer (the eye logo) then enter a postcode in the search field at the top. This 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.

Local Authority Bus Subsidy Ring-Fenced (Revenue) Grant - 2016/17 Information

Medway Council, in line with other councils who are the transport authority in their area receive funding towards from the Department for Transport (DfT) as part of the government's support for bus services. 

For 2016/17 Medway Council received a Local Authority Subsidy Ring-Fenced (Revenue) grant award of £172,154.

As part of this award local authorities are required to report on how the grant was used, and confirm that the award was used solely for the support of bus services.

Please see the relevant documentation below:-