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There are 4 ways to get from Bournemouth to Canterbury by train, bus or car

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Train via St Pancras International  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West

$67 - $106

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road to London Victoria Coach Station National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury National Express / ...

$21 - $28

2 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo East to Canterbury West

$65 - $102

Drive  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Bournemouth to Canterbury 164.5 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Bournemouth to Canterbury is to bus which costs £15 - £22 and takes 5 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bournemouth to Canterbury is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 2 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bournemouth station to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road and arriving at Canterbury via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 11 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Bournemouth to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Bournemouth and arriving at Canterbury West via London Waterloo East. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 24 min.

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The distance between Bournemouth and Canterbury is 135 miles. The road distance is 164.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Bournemouth to Canterbury without a car is to train which takes 3 h 57 min and costs £50 - £85.

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It takes approximately 3 h 57 min to get from Bournemouth to Canterbury, including transfers.

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Bournemouth to Canterbury bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road.

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Bournemouth to Canterbury train services, operated by South Western Railway, depart from Bournemouth station.

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The best way to get from Bournemouth to Canterbury is to train which takes 3 h 57 min and costs £50 - £85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £22 and takes 5 h 11 min.

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Map of how to get from Bournemouth to Canterbury.
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  • Distance: 135.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 57 min

What companies run services between Bournemouth, England and Canterbury, England?

You can take a train from Bournemouth to Canterbury via London Waterloo, Waterloo station, Euston station, and St Pancras International in around 3 h 57 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bournemouth to Canterbury via London Victoria Coach Station in around 5 h 11 min.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Train from London Waterloo East to Canterbury West
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus

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Bournemouth to Canterbury bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Canterbury station.

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Bournemouth to Canterbury train services, operated by Southeastern, arrive at Canterbury West station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bournemouth to Canterbury is 165 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 45 min to drive from Bournemouth to Canterbury.

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