Open top bus gets ready for return to Thanet service

The Open Top Bus Photo Stagecoach

The hugely popular open top bus will be returning to Thanet this year.

Route 69 will be back from Friday, April 10, running the same roads as last season between Ramsgate Boating Pool and Broadstairs Stone Bay.

The service will run every weekend until September 27 and all week in the school holidays during May 23-31 and July 25-September 6.

The open top bus Photo Trevor Shonk

Special Friday services will run on April 10, May 8 and June 19.

Stops are Stone Bay, Queen’s Road and Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, Dumpton Gap, Granville Theatre, Ramsgate harbour and the boating pool.

Single ride ticket valid for a single journey the length of the route, or between any two intermediate stops is £2.50 adults and £1 children aged 5 – 15 years.

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  1. Everyone asks each year “Why can’t it run the whole length from Ramsgate to Birchington like they used to back in the day? It’s hardly worth getting on for such a short journey”. It would be nice on a warm sunny day but the organisers don’t seem to be listening.

    • Probably because it could only run every 3 hours and therefore be a disaster. There’s only one bus: look at the timetable and you’ll see it only just manages to run hourly on the present short route.

  2. Nice but should start Birchington and terminate at Viking Ship Cliffsend where there’s nice walks and cafes to chill and relax.
    I used to conduct on them in the 80s great fun.

  3. Such a short route hardly worth the effort to get up top for.
    Shame as used to love going from Ramsgate round to Birchington.

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