There are 5 ways to get from Southampton to Canterbury by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train via St Pancras International  •  3 h 18 min

$64 - $95

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 25 min

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$19 - $27

3 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 41 min

$62 - $91

Train #2  •  5 h

$84 - $136

Drive  •  2 h 21 min

  1. 137.6 miles

$29 - $45

What companies run services between Southampton, England and Canterbury, England?

You can take a train from Southampton to Canterbury via London Waterloo, Waterloo Underground Station, Euston Underground Station, and St Pancras International in around 3 h 18 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southampton to Canterbury via Victoria Coach Station Arrivals and Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station in around 5 h 25 min.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from London Waterloo East to Canterbury West
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 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
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Southampton Central to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Brighton to Ashford International
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Southampton Central to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$20 - $30
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $65
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Southampton City Centre, Coach Station to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop)
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Southampton and Canterbury is 178 km. The road distance is 220 km.

The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Canterbury is to bus which costs £14 - £20 and takes 5 h 25 min.

The quickest way to get from Southampton to Canterbury is to drive which takes 2 h 21 min and costs £22 - £35.

No, there is no direct train from Southampton to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Southampton Central and arriving at Canterbury West via London Waterloo East. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 41 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Southampton to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Southampton City Centre, Coach Station and arriving at Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) via Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 25 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 18 min to get from Southampton to Canterbury, including transfers.