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There are 4 ways to get from London Paddington Station to Canterbury by train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train via King's Cross St. Pancras station  •  1h 52m

  1. Take the train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West

£32 - £63

Cheapest option

Line 148 bus, bus  •  3h 40m

  1. Take the line 148 bus from Lancaster Gate Station to Elephant & Castle London Rd 148
  2. Take the bus from London Elephant and Castle to Canterbury National Express

£6 - £10

2 alternative options

Train  •  2h 55m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Canterbury East

£31 - £58

Drive  •  1h 21m

  1. Drive from London Paddington Station to Canterbury 64.8 miles

£9 - £15

London Paddington Station to Canterbury by subway, walk and train

The journey time between London Paddington Station and Canterbury is around 1h 12m and covers a distance of around 73 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 1h 8m. Operated by London Underground (Tube) and South Eastern Trains Service, the London Paddington Station to Canterbury service departs from Paddington and arrives in Canterbury West. Typically 155 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
1h 12m
Fastest journey time:
1h 8m
Services per week:
155
Cheapest price:
£32
Carbon emissions:
6 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:53
Last service departs at:
23:24

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

London Paddington Station to Canterbury subway, walk and train schedules

Departing Friday, June 18, 2021

London Paddington Station → Canterbury
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The cheapest way to get from London Paddington Station to Canterbury is to line 148 bus and bus which costs £6 - £10 and takes 3h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from London Paddington Station to Canterbury is to drive which costs £9 - £15 and takes 1h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London Paddington Station station to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Lancaster Gate Station and arriving at Canterbury via London Elephant and Castle. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from London Paddington Station to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Paddington and arriving at Canterbury West via St Pancras International. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 52m.

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The distance between London Paddington Station and Canterbury is 57 miles. The road distance is 64.8 miles.

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The best way to get from London Paddington Station to Canterbury without a car is to train via King's Cross St. Pancras station which takes 1h 52m and costs £30 - £65.

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It takes approximately 1h 52m to get from London Paddington Station to Canterbury, including transfers.

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London Paddington Station to Canterbury bus services, operated by London Buses, depart from Lancaster Gate Station.

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London Paddington Station to Canterbury train services, operated by South Eastern Trains Service, depart from St Pancras International station.

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The best way to get from London Paddington Station to Canterbury is to train via King's Cross St. Pancras station which takes 1h 52m and costs £30 - £65. Alternatively, you can line 148 bus and bus, which costs £6 - £10 and takes 3h 40m.

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Map of how to get from London Paddington Station to Canterbury.
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  • Distance: 57 miles
  • Duration: 1h 52m

What companies run services between London Paddington Station, England and Canterbury, England?

South Eastern Trains Service operates a train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West hourly. Tickets cost £30 - £60 and the journey takes 54 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London Paddington Station to Canterbury via Lancaster Gate Station, Elephant & Castle London Rd, and London Elephant and Castle in around 3h 40m.

Train operators
South Eastern Trains Service
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
National Rail
Schedules at
South Eastern Trains Service
Anytime
£30 - £45
1st Class
£40 - £60
Train from London Victoria to Canterbury East
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£29 - £55
Schedules at
National Rail
Schedules at
South Eastern Trains Service
Anytime
£29 - £45
1st Class
£35 - £55
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 Lancaster Gate Station to Elephant & Castle London Rd
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 10 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 Elephant and Castle to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
National Express

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London Paddington Station to Canterbury bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Canterbury station.

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London Paddington Station to Canterbury train services, operated by South Eastern Trains Service, arrive at Canterbury West station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London Paddington Station to Canterbury is 65 miles. It takes approximately 1h 21m to drive from London Paddington Station to Canterbury.

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