If you are planning to visit Tunbridge Wells by National Express coach, you can get details and timetables of coach services from the National Express. The stops are on the A26 London Road at Southborough and Mount Pleasant Road in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells (opposite the Museum and Library).
You can also go to the lovely Lamberhurst village with National Express coaches.
To catch the bus from Gatwick get on the Fastway Bus No. 20, then change at Three Bridges for the 291 Metrobus.
Details of Tunbridge Wells’ bus services and bus timetables can be found on the Traveline website. Bus service number 281 links the ‘top of the hill’ in Royal Tunbridge Wells with The Pantiles.
The stop at the top you are likely to use is Tunbridge Wells Grosvenor Road which is in the Fiveways pedestrianised area outside of the shopping mall Royal Victoria Place. The route goes via the Railway Station as well. Get off at Chapel Place or The Pantiles for the nicest areas to visit. From 10am to approximately 2.30pm this Arriva bus runs every 12 minutes, up and down the hill. Even outside these times, the service is very regular.
There are many buses that serve the outlying villages and it is a rather more laid back way to see the scenery.
For instance, you can get the number 6/6A bus from Tunbridge Wells to Matfield and on to The Hop Farm at Paddock Wood.
The 297 bus takes a great tour round the area through Rolvenden, Benenden, Cranbrook, Goudhurst, Horsmonden, Brenchley, Matfield and Pembury. Buses go to many of the main attractions, towns further afield, such as Brighton and Tenterden, as well as East Sussex.
Do note that there are very few services on Sundays.