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There are 5 ways to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone by train, bus, car or towncar

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Train  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Redhill to Tonbridge
  2. Take the train from Tonbridge to Folkestone Central

$35 - $55

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Gatwick Airport London South to London Victoria Coach Station National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury National Express / ...

$21 - $26

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to Hastings
  2. Take the bus from Rye, Railway Station to Folkestone, Bus Station 102 - the Wave

Drive  •  1 h 15 min

  1. Drive from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone 75.4 miles

$16 - $24

Towncar  •  1 h 15 min

  1. Take a town car from London Gatwick Airport to Folkestone 75.4 miles

$190 - $280

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The cheapest way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone is to drive which costs £12 - £18 and takes 1 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone is to drive which costs £12 - £18 and takes 1 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone. However, there are services departing from Gatwick Airport London South and arriving at Folkestone, Radnor Park via London Victoria Coach Station and Canterbury, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 17 min.

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No, there is no direct train from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone. However, there are services departing from Gatwick Airport and arriving at Folkestone Central via Redhill and Tonbridge. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 44 min.

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The distance between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Folkestone is 58 miles. The road distance is 75.4 miles.

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The best way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone without a car is to train which takes 2 h 44 min and costs £27 - £45.

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It takes approximately 2 h 44 min to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone, including transfers.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Gatwick Airport London South station.

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone train services, operated by Southern, depart from Redhill station.

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The best way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone is to train which takes 2 h 44 min and costs £27 - £45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £21 and takes 5 h 17 min.

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Map of how to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone.
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  • Distance: 58.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 44 min

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

You can take a train from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone via Redhill and Tonbridge in around 2 h 44 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone via London Victoria Coach Station, Canterbury, and Canterbury, Bus Station in around 5 h 17 min.

Train operators
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Redhill to Tonbridge
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Gatwick Airport to Hastings
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Southeastern
Bus operators
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Rye, Railway Station to Folkestone, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
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 Gatwick Airport London South to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
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 London to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from London Gatwick Airport to Folkestone
Estimated price
$190 - $280

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London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Canterbury station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone is 75 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 15 min to drive from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone.

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