There are 5 ways to get from Canterbury to Bournemouth by train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train via St Pancras International  •  3 h 48 min

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

$67 - $107

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals 022 / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road National Express / ...

$21 - $29

3 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 8 min

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

$64 - $102

Train Southern  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury East to London Victoria
  2. Take the train from London Victoria to Southampton Central
  3. Take the train from Southampton Central to Bournemouth

$102 - $188

Drive  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Canterbury to Bournemouth 163.8 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Canterbury to Bournemouth is to bus which costs £16 - £22 and takes 5 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Canterbury to Bournemouth is to drive which costs £26 - £40 and takes 2 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Canterbury station to Bournemouth station. However, there are services departing from Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) and arriving at Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Canterbury to Bournemouth. However, there are services departing from Canterbury West and arriving at Bournemouth via London Waterloo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 8 min.

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The distance between Canterbury and Bournemouth is 135 miles. The road distance is 163.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Canterbury to Bournemouth without a car is to train which takes 3 h 48 min and costs £50 - £85.

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It takes approximately 3 h 48 min to get from Canterbury to Bournemouth, including transfers.

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Canterbury to Bournemouth bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop).

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Canterbury to Bournemouth train services, operated by Southeastern, depart from Canterbury West station.

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The best way to get from Canterbury to Bournemouth is to train which takes 3 h 48 min and costs £50 - £85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £16 - £22 and takes 5 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Canterbury to Bournemouth.
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  • Distance: 135.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 48 min

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

You can take a train from Canterbury to Bournemouth via St Pancras International, Euston Underground Station, Waterloo Underground Station, and London Waterloo in around 3 h 48 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Canterbury to Bournemouth via Victoria Coach Station Arrivals and London Victoria Coach Station in around 5 h 10 min.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
56 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 Canterbury West to London Waterloo East
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 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 Canterbury East to London Victoria
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from London Waterloo to Bournemouth
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Bournemouth
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
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 Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $16
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 Canterbury to London
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus

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