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

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Train  •  52m

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

$30 - $50

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1h 46m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Folkestone 70 miles

$6 - $15

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2h 41m

  1. Take the bus from London Elephant and Castle to Canterbury National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Canterbury, Bus Station to Folkestone, Radnor Park 16 - Gold

$15 - $20

Night bus  •  2h

  1. Take the night bus from London Elephant and Castle to Folkestone National Express

$10 - $14

Drive  •  1h 22m

  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 1h 46m.

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

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from London Elephant and Castle and arriving at Folkestone. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 2h.

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

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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 52m and costs £26 - £40.

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

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London to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Elephant and Castle 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 52m and costs £26 - £40. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £11 - £16 and takes 2h 41m.

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Map of how to get from London to Folkestone.
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  • Distance: 63.6 miles
  • Duration: 52m

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 52m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London to Folkestone via Canterbury and Canterbury, Bus Station in around 2h 41m.

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 Elephant and Castle to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
National Express
Night bus from London Elephant and Castle to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
National Express
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Canterbury, Bus Station to Folkestone, Radnor Park
Ave. Duration
43m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Website
Stagecoach in East Kent
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
1h 46m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $15
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blablacar.co.uk

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London to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Folkestone 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 1h 22m to drive from London to Folkestone.

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There are 550+ hotels available in Folkestone. Prices start at $71 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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