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There are 5 ways to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury by subway, train, bus, car or towncar

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Subway, train  •  2h 38m

  1. Take the subway from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station to King's Cross St. Pancras station Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West

£34 - £64

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Bus  •  4h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to London Victoria Coach Station National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury National Express

£9 - £13

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to East Croydon Rail Station X26
  2. Take the train from Bromley South to Canterbury East

£26 - £48

Drive  •  1h 32m

  1. Drive from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury 91.6 miles

£13 - £21

Towncar  •  1h 32m

  1. Take a town car from London Heathrow Airport to Canterbury 91.6 miles

£160 - £230

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The cheapest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury is to bus which costs £9 - £13 and takes 4h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury is to drive which costs £13 - £21 and takes 1h 32m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and arriving at Canterbury via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) station to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station and arriving at Canterbury West via St Pancras International. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 38m.

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It is 68 miles from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury. It is approximately 91.6 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury without a car is to subway and train which takes 2h 38m and costs £30 - £65.

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It takes approximately 2h 38m to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury, including transfers.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 station.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury train services, operated by London Underground (Tube), depart from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station.

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London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Canterbury station.

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Map of how to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury.
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  • Distance: 67.8 miles
  • Duration: 2h 38m

What companies run services between London Heathrow Airport (LHR), England and Canterbury, England?

You can take a bus from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury via London Victoria Coach Station in around 4h 5m.

Train operators
London Underground (Tube)

Comprised of 11 lines and 270 stations, the London Underground (known to locals as the Tube) is the most popular way to navigate the English capital, including to/from Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly Line. Purchase an Oyster card (an electronic smartcard that you use to touch on and off at Tube stations) at any station for the cheapest fares. Most stations have WiFi, but not all trains and stations are air-conditioned. On weekends, a 24-hour service runs on selected lines.

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Contact Details
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Subway from Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 station to King's Cross St. Pancras station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
£3 - £5
Website
London Underground (Tube)
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 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
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 Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Website
National Express
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
National Express
Megabus UK
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from London Heathrow Airport to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£4 - £5
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Heathrow Central Bus Station to East Croydon Rail Station
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£2
Website
Transport for London
Other operators
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from London Heathrow Airport to Canterbury
Estimated price
£160 - £230

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

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Yes, the driving distance between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury is 92 miles. It takes approximately 1h 32m to drive from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Canterbury.

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