Hastings is strategically located on the South Coast of England on the Kent/Sussex border and has historic transport links to London, Brighton and other major centres in the South by road or rail. It is near major seaports such as Dover which is ideal for those who conduct international trade and Ashford International for Eurostar connections to the continent. Hastings is also within easy access of major airports such as Gatwick for international and intercontinental travel and the nearby Lydd and Marston airports for European passenger and air freight services.
Whatever way you need to travel or transport goods, Hastings provides an ideal location to base your business.
A more detailed overview of Hastings transport links are below.
Hastings is conveniently situated on the south coast with major cities such as Brighton & Hove only an hour away and Eastbourne only 20 minutes away. Trains to the centre of London take 75 minutes on comfortable, spacious and Wifi equipped (certain services only) trains. Train from Hastings go to Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Victoria via Gatwick Airport.
Hastings also has a fast train to Ashford International which significantly reduces the time to get to the continent. The train operators are South Eastern and Southern Railways. All stations in the area are clean and well maintained by friendly and helpful staff.
Hastings is also served by the A21 which takes you right up to the M25 and through to London. Notable towns on this route include Tunbridge Wells (30 mins) and Sevenoaks (45 mins). The Dartford crossing is about an hour away.
Hastings is also on the A27 coast road giving straight routes all the way to Eastbourne, Brighton and Portsmouth.
A £120 million new link road has recently opened in the area. The long awaited Bexhill to Hastings link road (Combe Valley Way) opened on December 17th 2015. Not only is this new bypass going to greatly reduce local congestion and journey times, saving time travelling to places such as Eastbourne and Brighton but it is also going to significantly boost the local economy boasting the delivery of up to 2,000 new homes and 3,000 new jobs.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
“This new south coast link will end years of frustration for local people, providing far quicker journeys across the region and unlocking ambitious development plans. This road is further evidence of this government’s commitment to improving the UK’s transport infrastructure, creating opportunities for the development of new homes, business and jobs. The communities of Bexhill and Hastings have waited a long time for this day and now they have an improved road network to help them get around and get on.”
Other nearby motorways include the M20 in Kent with direct route to Dover for ferry connections to France.
For the latest traffic alerts for the South East region please go to the Highways Agencies official traffic site, here.
Hastings is only 30 miles away from Newhaven which has a twice daily ferry service to Dieppe, France.
The port of Dover has up to 10 crossings per day and is 52 miles away and takes around 1 hour 15 mins to get to. Crossings from Dover take approximately 90 minutes and you can choose to go to Calais or Dunkirk in France.
Both ferry terminals are ideal for moving freight to the continent and are a good option for using for business or pleasure.
Hastings gives your business an ideal low cost location to the gateway to Europe and beyond.
To book a ferry from Newhaven, Dover or anywhere else in the UK please visit A Ferry’s website here.
Gatwick International airport (LGW) is Hastings closest main airport which is easy to get to by train or car and takes approximately 1 hour 20 mins to the North terminal. Gatwick is one of the busiest airports in the world and is a major hub for direct flights to European and intercontinental destinations.
Manston International Airport (MSE) near Ramsgate, Kent is 1 hour 40 mins from Hastings by car and has regular passenger and freight flights and is a great alternative to the busier London airports.
Direct flights to Italy, Portugal and the French Riviera are available along with twice daily flights to Amsterdam from KLM which also provides connections to 130 countries via Schipol Airport in Holland.
Lydd Airport (LYX) is only 50 minutes away for those that are looking for short hop to Northern France and an overnight freight service to Ostend and Stuttgart.
Taxi firms in Hastings provide fixed price transfers to all the major airports. Please contact them if you require assistance. Southern Trains London Victoria service stops at Gatwick and the Gatwick Express starts from Brighton Station.