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

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Train  •  39m

  1. Take the train from Maidstone East to Folkestone Central

$18 - $26

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Rideshare  •  55m

  1. Take the rideshare from Maidstone to Folkestone 34.6 miles

$5 - $8

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Bus  •  1h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Maidstone to Folkestone National Express / ...

$7 - $11

Train via Ashford International  •  1h 5m

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

$23 - $33

Line 12 bus, train  •  1h 49m

  1. Take the line 12 bus from Chequers Bus Station to Headcorn, Railway Station Forecourt 12
  2. Take the train from Headcorn to Folkestone Central

$15 - $21

Taxi  •  37m

  1. Take a taxi from Maidstone to Folkestone 35.5 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  37m

  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 55m.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Maidstone and arriving at Folkestone. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Maidstone East and arriving at Folkestone Central. Services depart twice a week, and operate Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 39m.

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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 39m and costs £14 - £20.

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The train from Maidstone East to Folkestone Central takes 39m including transfers and departs twice a week.

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Maidstone to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Maidstone 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 39m and costs £14 - £20. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £5 - £8 and takes 1h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Maidstone to Folkestone.
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  • Distance: 31.1 miles
  • Duration: 39m

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

Southeastern operates a train from Maidstone to Folkestone twice a week. Tickets cost $18 - $26 and the journey takes 39m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Maidstone to Folkestone once daily. Tickets cost $7 - $11 and the journey takes 1h 5m.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Maidstone East to Folkestone Central
Ave. Duration
39m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$20 - $29
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $26
Train from Maidstone East to Ashford International
Ave. Duration
30m
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
19m
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
Train from Headcorn to Folkestone Central
Ave. Duration
37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $21
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 to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
National Express
Arriva Kent & Surrey
Phone
0344 800 4411
Website
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Chequers Bus Station to Headcorn, Railway Station Forecourt
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
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
55m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Maidstone to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
37m
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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Maidstone to Folkestone bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Folkestone station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Maidstone to Folkestone is 35 miles. It takes approximately 37m to drive from Maidstone to Folkestone.

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

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