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There are 6 ways to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury by train, bus, car or towncar

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Train via London  •  2h 19m

  1. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London St Pancras International LL
  2. Take the train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West

£44 - £77

Cheapest option

Line 75 bus, bus  •  4h 4m

  1. Take the line 75 bus from Croydon, Fairfield Halls to Lewisham Station 75
  2. Take the bus from London Lewisham to Canterbury National Express

£14 - £23

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Train  •  3h 5m

  1. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria
  2. Take the train from London Victoria to Canterbury East

£38 - £77

Line 119 bus, train  •  3h 9m

  1. Take the line 119 bus from East Croydon Rail Station to Bromley, St Mark's Church 119
  2. Take the train from Bromley South to Canterbury East

£32 - £61

Drive  •  1h 11m

  1. Drive from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury 69.5 miles

£10 - £16

Towncar  •  1h 11m

  1. Take a town car from London Gatwick Airport to Canterbury 69.5 miles

£140 - £200

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury by train

The train journey time between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Canterbury is around 2h 29m and covers a distance of around 89 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2h 1m. Operated by Southern and Southeastern, the London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury train service departs from Gatwick Airport and arrives in Canterbury East. Typically 145 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury train schedules

London Gatwick Airport (LGW) → Canterbury
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The cheapest way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury is to drive which costs £10 - £16 and takes 1h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury is to drive which costs £10 - £16 and takes 1h 11m.

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No, there is no direct train from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Gatwick Airport and arriving at Canterbury West via St Pancras International. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 19m.

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The distance between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Canterbury is 55 miles. The road distance is 69.5 miles.

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The best way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury without a car is to train via London which takes 2h 19m and costs £40 - £80.

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It takes approximately 2h 19m to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury, including transfers.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury train services, operated by Thameslink, depart from Gatwick Airport station.

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The best way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury is to train via London which takes 2h 19m and costs £40 - £80. Alternatively, you can line 75 bus and bus, which costs £13 - £24 and takes 4h 4m.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury train services, operated by Southeastern, arrive at Canterbury West station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury is 70 miles. It takes approximately 1h 11m to drive from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury.

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Map of how to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury.
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  • Distance: 54.7 miles
  • Duration: 2h 19m

What companies run services between London Gatwick Airport (LGW), England and Canterbury, England?

You can take a train from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury via London St Pancras International LL and St Pancras International in around 2h 19m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Canterbury via East Croydon, Croydon, Fairfield Halls, Lewisham Station, and London Lewisham in around 4h 4m.

Train operators
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Gatwick Airport to London St Pancras International LL
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£13 - £17
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£13 - £17
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £60
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Anytime
£30 - £50
1st Class
£40 - £60
Train from London Victoria to Canterbury East
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£29 - £55
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Anytime
£29 - £45
1st Class
£35 - £55
Train from Bromley South to Canterbury East
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£23 - £45
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Anytime
£23 - £35
1st Class
£30 - £45
Bus operators
London Buses

London’s bus network covers Greater London with a 24-hour service, allowing you to take in the famous monuments and streetscapes from an iconic red double-decker bus. All London buses are all cashless, so you will need an Oyster card, Travel card or use contactless payment. You can also purchase a one-day bus-only pass from Tube stations. On the bus, you only need to touch on with your Oyster card (not off).

Contact Details
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Bus from East Croydon Rail Station to Bromley, St Mark's Church
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£2
Website
Transport for London
Bus from Croydon, Fairfield Halls to Lewisham Station
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£2
Website
Transport for London
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 London Lewisham to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £7
Website
National Express
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from London Gatwick Airport to Canterbury
Estimated price
£140 - £200

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