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

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Train

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

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Canterbury

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury

Drive

  1. Drive from London Liverpool St to Canterbury
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The cheapest way to get from London to Canterbury is to bus which costs £5 - £8 and takes 2h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Canterbury is to train which costs £30 - £60 and takes 54 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Canterbury. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from St Pancras International and arriving at Canterbury West. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 54 min.

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The distance between London and Canterbury is 55 miles. The road distance is 60.3 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Canterbury without a car is to train which takes 54 min and costs £30 - £60.

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The train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West takes 54 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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London to Canterbury bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Victoria Coach Station.

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London 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 to Canterbury is to train which takes 54 min and costs £30 - £60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £5 - £8 and takes 2h 15m.

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Map of how to get from London to Canterbury.
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  • Distance: 54.7 miles
  • Duration: 54 min

What companies run services between London, 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, National Express operates a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury every 3 hours. Tickets cost £5 - £8 and the journey takes 2h 15m.

Train operators
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.

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Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
National Express
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BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£4 - £12
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blablacar.co.uk

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

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London 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 to Canterbury is 60 miles. It takes approximately 1h 11m to drive from London to Canterbury.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between London and Canterbury. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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