There are 5 ways to get from Reading to Folkestone by train, bus or car

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Train via Paddington (H&C Line)-Underground  •  2 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from St Pancras International to Folkestone Central

$56 - $89

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures Ra1
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to London Victoria Coach Station 033 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) 007 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Canterbury, Bus Station to Folkestone Central Railway Station

$31 - $36

3 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Reading to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo East to Folkestone Central

$46 - $74

Bus, train  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Reading Town Centre, Blagrave Street (opp Aquis House) to Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road Bressenden Place 702
  2. Take the train from London Victoria to Ashford International
  3. Take the bus from Ashford International Railway Station to Folkestone, East Kent College 10

$55 - $70

Drive  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Reading to Folkestone 111 miles

$23 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Reading to Folkestone is to drive which costs £18 - £27 and takes 1 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Reading to Folkestone is to drive which costs £18 - £27 and takes 1 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Reading station to Folkestone station. However, there are services departing from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) and arriving at Folkestone Central Railway Station via Heathrow Airport London T2,3, Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station and Canterbury, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Reading to Folkestone. However, there are services departing from Reading and arriving at Folkestone Central via London Waterloo East. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 45 min.

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The distance between Reading and Folkestone is 97 miles. The road distance is 111 miles.

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The best way to get from Reading to Folkestone without a car is to train which takes 2 h 13 min and costs £40 - £70.

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It takes approximately 2 h 13 min to get from Reading to Folkestone, including transfers.

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Reading to Folkestone bus services, operated by RailAir, arrive at Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir).

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Reading to Folkestone train services, operated by South Western Railway, depart from Reading station.

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The best way to get from Reading to Folkestone is to train which takes 2 h 13 min and costs £40 - £70. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £23 - £28 and takes 5 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from Reading to Folkestone.
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  • Distance: 96.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 13 min

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

You can take a train from Reading to Folkestone via London Paddington, Paddington (H&C Line)-Underground, King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, and St Pancras International in around 2 h 13 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reading to Folkestone via Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures, Heathrow Airport London T2,3, London Victoria Coach Station, Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station, Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop), and Canterbury, Bus Station in around 5 h 50 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from St Pancras International to Folkestone Central
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from London Waterloo East to Folkestone Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Train from London Victoria to Ashford International
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
Bus operators
RailAir
Website
railair.com
Bus from Reading Town Centre, Reading RailAir (Adj Reading Station RailAir) to Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
railair.com
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 Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop)
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Ouibus
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
Bus from Ashford International Railway Station to Folkestone, East Kent College
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Reading Buses
Website
reading-buses.co.uk
Bus from Reading Town Centre, Blagrave Street (opp Aquis House) to Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road Bressenden Place
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16
Website
reading-buses.co.uk

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