There are 7 ways to get from Maidstone to Folkestone by train, bus, night train, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  1 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Maidstone East to Ashford International
  2. Take the train from Ashford International to Folkestone Central

$23 - $33

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Rideshare  •  55 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Maidstone to Folkestone 34.6 miles

$5 - $8

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Bus National Express  •  1 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Maidstone, King Street (Chequers Bus Station) to Folkestone, Bus Station 021 / ...

$7 - $11

Bus Stagecoach in East Kent  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Maidstone, The Cannon to Ashford, County Square 10X
  2. Take the bus from Ashford, County Square to Folkestone, East Kent College 10

$18

Night train  •  43 min

  1. Take the night train from Maidstone East to Folkestone Central

$18 - $26

Taxi  •  37 min

  1. Take a taxi from Maidstone to Folkestone 35.5 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  37 min

  1. Drive from Maidstone to Folkestone 35.5 miles

$7 - $11

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The cheapest way to get from Maidstone to Folkestone is to rideshare which costs £4 - £6 and takes 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Maidstone to Folkestone is to taxi which costs £70 - £90 and takes 37 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Maidstone, King Street (Chequers Bus Station) station and arriving at Folkestone, Bus Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Maidstone East and arriving at Folkestone Central. The journey takes approximately 43 min.

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The distance between Maidstone and Folkestone is 31 miles. The road distance is 35.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Maidstone to Folkestone without a car is to train which takes 1 h 4 min and costs £17 - £25.

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It takes approximately 1 h 4 min to get from Maidstone to Folkestone, including transfers.

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Maidstone to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Maidstone, King Street (Chequers Bus Station).

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Maidstone to Folkestone train services, operated by Southeastern, depart from Maidstone East station.

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The best way to get from Maidstone to Folkestone is to train which takes 1 h 4 min and costs £17 - £25. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £5 - £8 and takes 1 h 5 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Maidstone to Folkestone.
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  • Distance: 31.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 4 min

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

You can take a train from Maidstone to Folkestone via Ashford International in around 1 h 4 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Maidstone to Folkestone once daily. Tickets cost $7 - $11 and the journey takes 1 h 5 min.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Maidstone East to Ashford International
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $22
Anytime Day Single
$12 - $18
Train from Ashford International to Folkestone Central
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$10 - $15
Night train from Maidstone East to Folkestone Central
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$21 - $29
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $26
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 Maidstone, King Street (Chequers Bus Station) to Folkestone, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Maidstone, The Cannon to Ashford, County Square
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Ashford, County Square to Folkestone, East Kent College
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Maidstone to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Maidstone to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
37 min
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Star Taxis
Phone
+44 1634 575656
Website
startaxismedway.co.uk
A B C Taxis
Phone
+44 1634 840840
Website
abctaxismedway.co.uk

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