There are 5 ways to get from London to Folkestone by train, bus, night bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  52 min

  1. Take the train from St Pancras International to Folkestone Central

$30 - $50

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Rideshare  •  1 h 46 min

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Folkestone 70 miles

$6 - $15

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Elephant & Castle New Kent Rd to Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) 022 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Canterbury, Bus Station to Folkestone Central Railway Station 16|Gold

$16 - $19

Night bus  •  2 h

  1. Take the night bus from Elephant & Castle New Kent Rd to Folkestone, Bus Station National Express / ...

$10 - $14

Drive  •  1 h 22 min

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone 69.9 miles

$15 - $22

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The cheapest way to get from London to Folkestone is to rideshare which costs £5 - £11 and takes 1 h 46 min.

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The quickest way to get from London to Folkestone is to train which costs £26 - £40 and takes 52 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Elephant & Castle New Kent Rd and arriving at Folkestone, Bus Station station. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from St Pancras International and arriving at Folkestone Central. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 52 min.

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The distance between London and Folkestone is 64 miles. The road distance is 69.9 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Folkestone without a car is to train which takes 52 min and costs £26 - £40.

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The train from St Pancras International to Folkestone Central takes 52 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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London to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Elephant & Castle New Kent Rd station.

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London to Folkestone train services, operated by Southeastern, depart from St Pancras International station.

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The best way to get from London to Folkestone is to train which takes 52 min and costs £26 - £40. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £12 - £15 and takes 2 h 30 min.

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  • Distance: 63.6 miles
  • Duration: 52 min

What companies run services between London, England and Folkestone, England?

Southeastern operates a train from London to Folkestone hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 52 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London to Folkestone via Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) and Canterbury, Bus Station in around 2 h 30 min.

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.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Elephant & Castle New Kent Rd to Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop)
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Night bus from Elephant & Castle New Kent Rd to Folkestone, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Canterbury, Bus Station to Folkestone Central Railway Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $15
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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London to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Folkestone, Bus Station.

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London to Folkestone train services, operated by Southeastern, arrive at Folkestone Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Folkestone is 70 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 22 min to drive from London to Folkestone.

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There are 528+ hotels available in Folkestone. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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

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