There are 4 ways to get from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea by train, bus or car

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Train  •  1 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to Stratford International
  2. Take the train from West Ham to Southend Central

$45 - $64

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Bus, line 100 bus, line 28 bus  •  4 h

  1. Take the bus from Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) to Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre) 022 / ...
  2. Take the line 100 bus from Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside) to Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) 100 / ...
  3. Take the line 28 bus from Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) to Southend-on-Sea, Whitegate Road (Warrior Sq) 28

$26 - $29

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Canterbury East to Chatham
  2. Take the bus from Chatham Railway Station to Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre)
  3. Take the train from Chafford Hundred to Southend Central

$36 - $47

Drive  •  1 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea 72.2 miles

$15 - $23

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The cheapest way to get from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea is to drive which costs £11 - £17 and takes 1 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea is to drive which costs £11 - £17 and takes 1 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Canterbury station to Southend-on-Sea. However, there are services departing from Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) and arriving at Southend-on-Sea, Whitegate Road (Warrior Sq) via Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre), Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside) and Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea. However, there are services departing from Canterbury West and arriving at Southend Central via Stratford International DLR Station and West Ham. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 54 min.

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The distance between Canterbury and Southend-on-Sea is 24 miles. The road distance is 72.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea without a car is to train which takes 1 h 54 min and costs £30 - £50.

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It takes approximately 1 h 54 min to get from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea, including transfers.

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Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop).

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Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea train services, operated by Southeastern, depart from Canterbury West station.

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The best way to get from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea is to train which takes 1 h 54 min and costs £30 - £50. Alternatively, you can bus and line 100 bus and line 28 bus, which costs £19 - £22 and takes 4 h.

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Map of how to get from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea.
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  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 54 min

What companies run services between Canterbury, England and Southend-on-Sea, England?

You can take a train from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea via Stratford International, Stratford International DLR Station, West Ham DLR Station, and West Ham in around 1 h 54 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea via Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre), Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside), and Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) in around 4 h.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
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
Train from Canterbury East to Chatham
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$19 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $23
c2c
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Train from West Ham to Southend Central
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Train from Chafford Hundred to Southend Central
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Bus operators
Arriva Kent & Surrey
Phone
0344 800 4411
Website
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Chatham Railway Station to Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre)
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
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 Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre)
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
First in Essex
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside) to Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn)
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) to Southend-on-Sea, Whitegate Road (Warrior Sq)
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$6
Website
firstgroup.com

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Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea bus services, operated by First in Essex, arrive at Southend-on-Sea, Whitegate Road (Warrior Sq) station.

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Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea train services, operated by c2c, arrive at Southend Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea is 72 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 21 min to drive from Canterbury to Southend-on-Sea.

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