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

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 via St Pancras International  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London St Pancras International LL
  2. Take the train from St Pancras International to Folkestone Central

$44 - $69

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from London Gatwick Airport South to London Victoria National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) 022 / ...

$27 - $33

4 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 42 min

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

$35 - $54

Line 400 bus, line 291 bus, bus  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Take the line 400 bus from Gatwick Airport, Gatwick South Terminal to East Grinstead, Whitehall (Queen's Road) 400
  2. Take the line 291 bus from East Grinstead, Whitehall (Queen's Road) to Tunbridge Wells, War Memorial 291
  3. Take the bus from Tunbridge Wells, War Memorial to Tenterden, The Vine (The Vine Inn) 297
  4. Take the bus from Tenterden, The Vine (The Vine Inn) to Ashford International Railway Station 2A / ...
  5. Take the bus from Ashford International Railway Station to Folkestone, East Kent College 10

$35 - $40

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 - $270

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone is to drive which costs £12 - £19 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 - £19 and takes 1 h 15 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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It takes approximately 2 h 12 min to get from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone station. However, there are services departing from London Gatwick Airport South and arriving at Folkestone Central Railway Station via Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station and Canterbury, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 25 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 St Pancras International. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 12 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 12 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 London St Pancras International LL and St Pancras International in around 2 h 12 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Folkestone via London Victoria, Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station, Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop), and Canterbury, Bus Station in around 5 h 25 min.

Train operators
Thameslink
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from St Pancras International to Folkestone Central
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Train from Tonbridge to Folkestone Central
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$21 - $30
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Gatwick Airport South to London Victoria
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop)
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Gatwick Airport, Gatwick South Terminal to East Grinstead, Whitehall (Queen's Road)
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from East Grinstead, Whitehall (Queen's Road) to Tunbridge Wells, War Memorial
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Renown Coaches
Phone
01424 210744
Email
info@renowngroup.co.uk
Website
renowngroup.co.uk
Bus from Tunbridge Wells, War Memorial to Tenterden, The Vine (The Vine Inn)
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
renowngroup.co.uk
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Tenterden, The Vine (The Vine Inn) to Ashford International Railway Station
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Ashford International Railway Station to Folkestone, East Kent College
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from London Gatwick Airport to Folkestone
Estimated price
$190 - $270

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