Making the most of travel in Tunbridge Wells
By AdFeatures | Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 09:27
Tunbridge Wells is a wonderful town. Every local knows it and so do many tourists as it’s one of the most popular destinations in Kent. Even those in their later years find plenty of enjoyment in the quaint and beautiful surroundings.
Yet it’s not a small town and there is a lot to see and do across the town. Understanding your travel options are critical if you want to make the most Tunbridge Wells but there are plenty of options for wider travel too.
Tunbridge Wells is a very quiet and peaceful town, making it a popular place for many older travellers. It’s still advisable to be prepared when going away and that means seeking appropriate protection.
Travel insurance should be taken regardless of whether you’re holiday within or outside the UK and those worried about their age or health limiting their cover should look for over 80s travel insurance which offers fantastic protection for those who may be excluded from standard policies.
One of the easiest ways to travel around the area is by buses. Buses are all run by Arriva, with many frequent services and routes available.
Additionally, Arriva have an extensive area that is covered under their unlimited travel ticket option. Chances are, if you want to go somewhere in the local vicinity then it’s covered by this option. Older people will find this a highly useful, providing a great day's travel on a fixed budget.
The town also has two stations; one in the town centre and one in the north, found at High Brooms. There was a third station but this closed in 1985. Trains passing through Tunbridge Wells are on the mainline rail service from Charing Cross to Hastings and popular stops include London Bridge, Waterloo East and Tonbridge.
For those who wish to drive, Tunbridge Wells is connected by various roads such as the A26 and A267. This makes hubs such as London, Hastings and Pembury all easily accessible.
Numerous London based airports are also within easy reach via road networks with Stansted airport the furthest away with a travel time of around 80 minutes. London Heathrow airport is approximately 60 minutes drive from the town with London Gatwick airport marginally closer at 40 minutes.
Going on holiday
For those planning a holiday but without their own transport, there are direct rail routes available from the town to both London Gatwick airport and Ashford International stations – perfect for those with flights or Eurostar connections to international destinations.
The Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone is connected to Tunbridge Wells by road and takes less than one hour to travel between the two. Alternatively, those looking to travel by ferry could make use of Dover ferry ports which can be reached in just over an hour. Other accessible ferry crossings include that of Newhaven-Dieppe which is also an hour’s drive from the town.