camber sands

The nearest motorway or duel carriageway to Camber is over 20 miles from any direction (around 35 minute drive Hastings, Ashford, Flimwell and Folkestone), so with that in mind please allow plenty of time and be patient.

If you have a “Sat-Nav” entering the post code TN31 7RJ will get you to the centre of Camber. In the summer, on a particularly sunny weekend, expect some queuing as long queues build up as cars wait to enter the main car parks close to the beach. 

car parks

There is “free”, “limited” and “pay on entry” parking. All “pay on entry” parking is only open during the summer period from Easter to the end of September. During the winter months there are limited Pay and Display ticket machines that operate at Camber sands central car park. In the summer months if you are arriving from the Ashford/Rye A259 on your left hand side as you enter the village a local farmer opens his fields up for parking at a discounted rate…but this is normally on sunny days only! Current rates (2012) at the District Council car parks are as follows:  8:30-18:00 £1.50 / hour £4.00 / 2 hours £7.00 / 4 hours £9.00 / 6 hours £11.00 / 8 hours £13.00 / maximum. Free parking can be found in some areas of the village and in between Camber and Jury’s gap to the south west of Camber which is a very popular area for the Kite surfers. When the tide is in this part of the beach is shingle. However, with the tide out, its sand all the way! It is not advisable to park on the verges at Camber as Police do patrol the area and parking tickets are issued on a very regular basis. But be warned…ALL CAR PARKS – FREE, DISCOUNTED OR RUN BY ROTHER DISTRICT COUNCIL ARE CLOSED AND LOCKED AT 8PM!



The nearest train station is Rye. Rye (via the marsh link) connects to Ashford in Kent and Hastings in East Sussex. These trains in general only run one per hour and at weekends there is a limited service. For more information and timings click here


Taxis are available from the near-by historical town of Rye and are located outside the main railways station. From Rye most journeys go to Camber Sands Beach Camber Sands Holiday Parks, Park Resorts and Pontins. The journey to Camber will take approximately 10 minutes (subject to traffic) and costs start at £10.00.


Camber is served by Stagecoach service route 100. If you are travelling from Rye then (in general) they leave every hour (Mon-Sat) and every other hour (what a bore!) on Sundays. The route in the main is part of the coatal service that runs from Dover through to Hastings and all points in between.  Use the attached link and downlaod the latest PDF on all the bus timings.

lydd airport

Lydd airport approx 7 miles to the west of Camber. In its day it was one of the busiest airports in the UK. There is plenty of free and inexpensive short term parking, a good restaurant and bar. Lydd Airport caters for a wide range of aircraft operations, from executive jets, helicopters and private light aircraft which can be seen most weekends landing and taking off either as training flights or for a quick hop across the Channel to seaside towns such as Le Touquet on the French coast.

more travel options

camber by rail

Below are the closest train stations:

Rye Railway Station, Rye 3.1 miles away.

Winchelsea Railway Station, Winchelsea, 4.1 miles.

Appledore Railway Station, Appledore, 6.9 miles.

Doleham Railway Station, Hastings, 8.1 miles.

Ham Street Railway Station, Ashford, 9.6 miles


camber's closest airports, ports and eurostar stations

Below are the closest Airports, Ports and Eurostar stations:

Lydd Airport, Lydd, 6.2 miles 

Ashford International (Eurostar), Ashford, 14.8 miles.

Headcorn Aerodrome, Ashford, 16.5 miles.

Port of Dover, Dover, 26 miles

Port of Newhaven, Newhaven, 33.9 miles

Kent International Airport, Ramsgate, 37.7 miles

London Biggin Hill Airport, Bromley, 43.2 miles

London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, 44 miles.

London Gatwick Airport, Crawley, 44.5 miles.

Redhill Aerodrome, Redhill, 45.1 miles.