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Getting to the South East Bus Festival is easy, whether travelling by car or public transport.
Kent Showground is located alongside the A249 to the east of Maidstone and between the M20 (Junction 7) and M2 (Junction 5) motorways. It has a very large car parking area and parking is free. There is an area for Blue Badge holders close to the pedestrian entrance from the car park into the event. If you need to park in that area please tell the marshals who will be directing cars through the car park.
We hope to run a frequent free bus service around the showground that can be used to get from a bus stop close to the entrance from the car park to the vehicle displays, the main exhibition hall and the Heritage Transport Show. This will be provided if Coronavirus regulations allow.
A map of the area showing the location of the showground can be seen by clicking the 'Area map' button at the top of this page
For those using SatNav, the showground's Post Code is ME14 3JF.
Arriva runs half-hourly buses from Maidstone Bus Station (Stop H5) which stop outside the main entrance to Kent Showground. These are provided by Service 334 to Sheerness.
From Sittingbourne, Service 334 buses towards Maidstone pick up from the Bus Hub at the rear of the Forum Centre on St. Michael's Road, opposite the rail station. These run half-hourly and also provide direct links from Sheerness, Minster, Halfway, Queenborough Corner and Iwade.
You can see the timetable by clicking the 'Arriva 334' button at the top of this page.
If travelling from outside the Maidstone area by Arriva bus, you will find that an Arriva Kent & Medway Day Saver ticket will offer good value for money. Click the 'Arriva tickets' button for more details.
Connecting shuttle bus
As there is now no bus stop opposite the showground, due to this having been taken out of use for safety reasons on this very busy dual carriageway, we provide, for those arriving from the Sittingbourne direction or travelling back to Maidstone, a free shuttle bus that will meet all Maidstone-bound Service 334 buses so that passengers can get to and from the show safely.
They will make the connection at the Roydens Prestige Cars showroom bus stop on the A249 as that is the safest place for the shuttle bus to wait. This is the only bus stop at which the connection can be made.
Admission to the event costs £10, except that children under 14 years of age are admitted free.
Tickets MUST be bought in advance from the Kent Showground website as they will not be on sale at the gate. This is to avoid event staff having to handle cash.
Click the Heritage Transport Show icon at the top right corner of this page to sign up for early access to the ticket booking system. You will be advised as soon as ticket sales are open.
To save time on arrival, please have your ticket(s) ready for inspection at the entrance gate.
The nearest railway stations are at Maidstone and Sittingbourne.
From Maidstone East station you can take a bus (Arriva Service 155) to Maidstone Bus Station from the bus stop at County Hall, located around the corner from the station entrance, or walk down Week Street and along King Street to the bus station (approximately six or seven minutes' walk). When you reach the bus station, take Arriva Service 334 from Stop H5 to the showground. They run half-hourly and you can see the times by clicking the 'Arriva 334' button at the top of this page.
If you arrive at Maidstone West station, take Arriva Services 3, 6, 7, 8, 71, 71A or 72 to the Bus Station. They run frequently from the bus stop at the bottom of Rocky Hill which is across the road from the station. You can then transfer at the Bus Station to Service 334 to the showground.
For those travelling from the Kent Coast to Sittingbourne you can catch the 334 from the Bus Hub at the rear of the Forum Shopping Centre, located across the road from Sittingbourne Station. Due to the nature of the A249, alongside which the showground is located (a very busy dual carriageway with fast-moving traffic and a barrier along most of the central reservation), a free bus service connects with all Maidstone-bound Arriva buses at the Roydons Prestige Cars showroom to get you safely from that side of the road to the showground.
Train times can be found on Southeastern Railway's website by clicking the 'Southeastern' button at the top of this page.
For specific rail journey information telephone National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit their website by clicking the 'National rail' button at the top of this page.
To save time on arrival at the bus festival, please have your tickets ready for inspection at the entrance gate.