Getting to the Dartford Campus

FREE Shuttle Bus

North Kent College offers students and staff a FREE shuttle bus service to help get to the Dartford campus, from Dartford Town Centre (Home Gardens). Please be aware that this FREE shuttle bus service does not run during the holiday periods or during enrolment. The service starts on the first day of the new academic year. 

Shuttle Bus Timetable

Please click here for the shuttle bus timetable for 2019/20. Download the FREE shuttle bus app to your phone to track the service.

16-17 Railcard 

A new national rail card for 16-17 year olds is being launched soon. Click here for more information.

16+ Zip Oyster Photocard

All 16 or 17 year olds who live in a London Borough are entitled to apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster Photo Card, giving free travel on the London bus services. Also the   card can be used to purchase train tickets within the Oyster Card Zone at half the adult rate.

Full - time Students (who are on a course at Level 3 or below) who are 18 as at 31 August of the year they start their course and who live in a London Borough, are also eligible for the 16+ Zip Oyster Photocard for use throughout the whole of that academic year (even though they may turn 19 during the year).

18 + Student Oyster Photocard

Full–time Students aged 19 or above (as at 31 August of the year they start their course) taking a level 3 course or below and living in a London Borough and students aged 18 or above taking a Higher Education course (Level 4 or above), can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard and get 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and London bus pass season tickets..

When to apply

To be eligible for a 16+ Zip Oyster Photocard or an 18+ Student Oyster Photocard, the college has to confirm that you are a full-time student. You should, therefore, wait until you are actually enrolled on a course to apply for your Oyster Card. Please note, if you apply before you are fully enrolled, you risk your application being rejected and losing your application fee.

How to apply for your Oyster Photocard

Oyster card applications are made via the Transport for London Oyster Photocard website, To apply for an Oyster Card you must first of all create a web account. For students aged 16 or 17 as at 31 August of the year they start their course, this must be done by a parent or guardian on behalf of the student; students who are 18 or above as at 31 August must create their own web account. A colour digital photo of the student must be uploaded and an administration fee is payable.

If you live in London and are aged 18, you will have to print off a verification letter that must be stamped by the college (please bring it in to reception or Student Financial Support office for stamping). The stamped verification letter must then be taken to a Post Office in London, along with other required documentation. The Post Office clerk will check your documents and you will need to pay the application fee. The Photocard is usually sent to you within 24 hours.

Arriva Student Saver Tickets

Arriva offer a discount on the 4 weekly ticket to all students. Tickets may be purchased online at and the discounted price can be obtained by entering the college’s promotional code (available at enrolment or from reception at the end of August, once the student has enrolled). Tickets purchased online may either be sent directly to a mobile phone (for immediate use), or a paper ticket can be posted to your home address.

Which Student Saver ticket do I need?

This depends on where you are travelling from:

  • The Arriva Thameside Student Saver Ticket covers travel across Swanley, Dartford, Gravesend, New Ash Green and Vigo Village.
  • The Arriva Kent & Medway Student Saver Ticket covers all the South East areas including the Medway towns.

Please see zone maps and Arriva prices on the right, under “Travel Information”. 

When using your ticket you must always show your North Kent College ID card.

KCC 16+ Travel Card

North Kent College participates in the Kent 16+ Travel Card scheme, this is available to students aged 18 or under (as at 31 August, of the year they start their course) and who live in Kent (i.e. in a household which pays Council Tax to a Kent District Council for KCC Services).

The Kent 16+ Travel Card enables students who are eligible, to access unlimited bus travel in Kent (and on direct bus services crossing the county boundary) at any time.

Applications need to be made on-line via the  website which also gives full information and prices. 

Please note: The Kent 16+ Travel Card does not cover students living in Medway. Students who are aged 16-18 living in Medway can apply via Medway Council for a Medway Youth Pass. 

Public buses to the Dartford campus

429 Swanley, Joydens Wood, Bexley Park, Dartford Heath and Wilmington Orange Tree, Dartford town centre (Go Coach)
423 New Ash Green, Longfield, Dartford  
455 Valley Drive, Gravesend, Swanscombe, Greenhithe, Dartford 
470 Burnham Road to Dartford Station 
414 Horton Kirby, South Darenth, Sutton-at-Hone, Willmington (Orange Tree) and Dartford
477 Orpington, Crockenhill, Swanley, Hextable, Wilmington Orange Tree, Dartford and Bluewater
485 Riverview Park to Wilmington Academy
96 Woolwich, Thomas Street, Woolwich Arsenal Station, Plumstead Station, Upper Wickham Lane, Wickham Street, Welling Corner, Welling High Street, Bexleyheath Shopping Centre, Crayford Town Hall, Dartford Station Home Gardens and Bluewater Bus Station 
492 Sidcup, Foots Cray, North Cray, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Crayford, Chastillian Road, Dartford, Horns Cross and Bluewater
B12 from Erith through Bexley, to Leyton Cross then FREE shuttle bus service to Oakfield Lane Campus

If you're coming from Greenwich or Eltham, you can catch the 132 to Bexleyheath and change to the 96 to Dartford where you can catch the FREE shuttle bus. 

More information on bus routes is available on the Arriva Bus website or the KCC web page. The only public bus route that serves the site is the 429, which stops outside the gates in Oakfield Lane.

The college’s shuttle bus timetable to link with public transport to Oakfield Lane Campus:
Peak time: 0800-1020 - Every 20 minutes
Off peak : 1050 onwards - every 30 minutes
Circular route - Dartford Station - NK College - Leyton Cross (B12 Bus) - NK College

Travelling by Train

The closest train station to the Dartford campus is Dartford Station which is in Oyster card Zone 8. You can catch the FREE North Kent College Shuttle Bus from the station to the campus. Alternatively you can catch the 477, which will take you to Oakfield Lane. To plan your journey by train please use the Southeastern Railways, Trainline or Transport for London websites. 

Travelling by car

If driving to the Dartford campus you can get here easily on the A2. 

If coming from Bluewater, you can take the Dartford Heath exit on the A2 (signposted for Wilmington, Footscray and the A2018, then take the 1st exit on roundabout. Turn left at the next roundabout then follow the road, going over two roundabouts. After the bridge that goes over the A2, you will find the campus on the left. Please enter via Gate B or C. 

If coming from Bexleyheath on the A2 come off at the Dartford Heath exit (signposted for Wilmington, Footscray and the A2018), at the roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Wilmington. Turn left at the next roundabout then follow the road, going over two roundabouts. After the bridge that goes over the A2, you will find the campus on the left. Please enter via gate B or C. 

Dartford campus – Oakfield Lane, Dartford, DA1 2JT 


We have ample FREE parking available at the Dartford campus. However, we would suggest using public transport if you can, to help the environment and ease traffic congestion.

Click here for a map of Dartford Campus