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There are 6 ways to get from Chelmsford to Maidstone by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train via Strood  •  1h 58m

  1. Take the train from Chelmsford to Stratford (London)
  2. Take the train from Stratford International to Strood
  3. Take the train from Strood to Maidstone West

£28 - £40

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Bus via Chatham, Fire Station  •  4h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Cathedral to Lakeside, Bus Station 100
  2. Take the bus from Lakeside, Bus Station to Bluewater, Bus Station X80
  3. Take the bus from Bluewater, Bus Station to Chatham, Fire Station
  4. Take the bus from Chatham station to Maidstone East station

£6 - £9

4 alternative options

Train  •  2h 18m

  1. Take the train from Chelmsford to Stratford (London)
  2. Take the train from Stratford International to Maidstone West

£24 - £35

Bus  •  4h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Cathedral to Lakeside, Bus Station 100
  2. Take the bus from Dartford to Maidstone National Express / ...

£8 - £11

Taxi  •  53m

  1. Take a taxi from Chelmsford to Maidstone 48.4 miles

£100 - £130

Drive  •  53m

  1. Drive from Chelmsford to Maidstone 48.4 miles

£8 - £12

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The cheapest way to get from Chelmsford to Maidstone is to bus via Chatham, Fire Station which costs £5 - £9 and takes 4h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Chelmsford to Maidstone is to taxi which costs £100 - £130 and takes 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chelmsford to Maidstone station. However, there are services departing from Chelmsford City Centre, Cathedral and arriving at Maidstone East station via Lakeside, Bus Station, Bluewater, Bus Station and Chatham station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 38m.

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No, there is no direct train from Chelmsford to Maidstone. However, there are services departing from Chelmsford and arriving at Maidstone West via Stratford International and Strood. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 58m.

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The distance between Chelmsford and Maidstone is 33 miles. The road distance is 48.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Chelmsford to Maidstone without a car is to train via Strood which takes 1h 58m and costs £28 - £40.

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It takes approximately 1h 58m to get from Chelmsford to Maidstone, including transfers.

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Chelmsford to Maidstone bus services, operated by First in Essex, depart from Chelmsford City Centre, Cathedral station.

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Chelmsford to Maidstone train services, operated by Greater Anglia, depart from Chelmsford station.

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The best way to get from Chelmsford to Maidstone is to train via Strood which takes 1h 58m and costs £28 - £40. Alternatively, you can bus via Chatham, Fire Station, which costs £5 - £9 and takes 4h 38m.

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Map of how to get from Chelmsford to Maidstone.
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  • Distance: 32.7 miles
  • Duration: 1h 58m

What companies run services between Chelmsford, England and Maidstone, England?

You can take a train from Chelmsford to Maidstone via Stratford (London), Stratford International, and Strood in around 1h 58m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chelmsford to Maidstone via Lakeside, Bus Station, Bluewater, Bus Station, Chatham, Fire Station, and Chatham station in around 4h 38m.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Stratford International to Strood
Ave. Duration
24m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £17
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
£14 - £20
Anytime Day Single
£12 - £17
Train from Strood to Maidstone West
Ave. Duration
23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
£10 - £14
Anytime Day Single
£7 - £10
Train from Stratford International to Maidstone West
Ave. Duration
43m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£15 - £22
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
£17 - £24
Anytime Day Single
£15 - £22
Bus operators
First in Essex
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Cathedral to Lakeside, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
First in Essex
Ensign Bus
Phone
01708 86 56 56
Website
ensignbus.com
Bus from Lakeside, Bus Station to Bluewater, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Ensign Bus
Arriva Kent & Surrey
Phone
0344 800 4411
Website
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Bluewater, Bus Station to Chatham, Fire Station
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£3 - £5
Website
Arriva Kent & Surrey
Bus from Chatham station to Maidstone East station
Ave. Duration
19m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £4
Website
Arriva Kent & Surrey
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 Dartford to Maidstone
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£8 - £11
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Other operators
Taxi from Chelmsford to Maidstone
Ave. Duration
53m
Estimated price
£100 - £130
Chelmsford Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 1246 600 155
Website
chelmsfordtaxisltd.co.uk
Fareway Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 1245 355555
Website
farewaytaxisltd.com
ChelmsfordTaxis
Phone
+44 1245 335555
Website
chelmsfordtaxis.com

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Chelmsford to Maidstone bus services, operated by Arriva Kent & Surrey, arrive at Maidstone East station.

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Chelmsford to Maidstone train services, operated by Southeastern, arrive at Maidstone West station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chelmsford to Maidstone is 48 miles. It takes approximately 53m to drive from Chelmsford to Maidstone.

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