There are 9 ways to get from Canterbury to Preston by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London Euston to Preston

$155 - $238

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Bus  •  8 h 25 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 Preston, Lancashire National Express / ...

$29 - $68

7 alternative options

Train, night bus  •  10 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury East to London Victoria
  2. Take the night bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Preston, Lancashire National Express

$55 - $73

Drive  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Canterbury to Preston 287 miles

$60 - $90

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Manchester, train  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Manchester (MAN) LHR - MAN
  3. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

$142 - $366

Train, train to Southend, fly to Manchester  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to Stratford International
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Southend Airport
  3. Fly from Southend (SEN) to Manchester (MAN) SEN - MAN
  4. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

$130 - $404

Train, train to Southampton, fly to Manchester  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway
  3. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Manchester (MAN) SOU - MAN
  4. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

$116 - $256

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Leeds Bradford, train  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Leeds Bradford (LBA) LHR - LBA
  3. Take the train from Leeds to Preston

$144 - $307

Train, train to Southend, fly to Carlisle  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to Stratford International
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Southend Airport
  3. Fly from Southend (SEN) to Carlisle (CAX) SEN - CAX
  4. Take the train from Carlisle to Preston

$162 - $607

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Canterbury to Preston is to bus which costs £22 - £55 and takes 8 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Canterbury to Preston is to train which costs £110 - £190 and takes 4 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Canterbury station to Preston. However, there are services departing from Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) and arriving at Preston, Lancashire via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 25 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Canterbury to Preston. However, there are services departing from Canterbury West and arriving at Preston via London Euston. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 5 min.

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The distance between Canterbury and Preston is 235 miles. The road distance is 287 miles.

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The best way to get from Canterbury to Preston without a car is to train which takes 4 h 5 min and costs £110 - £190.

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It takes approximately 4 h 5 min to get from Canterbury to Preston, including transfers.

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

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Map of how to get from Canterbury to Preston.
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  • Distance: 235.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 5 min

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

You can take a train from Canterbury to Preston via St Pancras International and London Euston in around 4 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Canterbury to Preston via Victoria Coach Station Arrivals and London Victoria Coach Station in around 8 h 25 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southend to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $270
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Southend to Carlisle
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $420
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 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
Train from Canterbury West to Stratford International
Ave. Duration
48 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
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Preston
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$75 - $110
Anytime Day Single
$120 - $190
Train from Carlisle to Preston
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $85
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $13
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $24
Train from Carlisle to Preston
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$16 - $23
Off-Peak Day Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Northern Rail
Greater Anglia
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 Preston, Lancashire
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $26
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
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Preston City Centre, Bus Station (PRESTON Bus Station Stand 28)
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Book at
uk.megabus.com

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