There are 4 ways to get from Southend-on-Sea to Canterbury by train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train via Stratford International DLR Station  •  2 h 21 min

$43 - $69

Cheapest option

Line 28 bus, line 100 bus, bus  •  4 h 56 min

  1. 28
  2. 100 / ...
  3. 022 / ...

$15 - $21

2 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 33 min

$39 - $56

Drive  •  1 h 20 min

  1. 71.4 miles

$15 - $23

What companies run services between Southend-on-Sea, England and Canterbury, England?

You can take a train from Southend-on-Sea to Canterbury via West Ham, West Ham DLR Station, Stratford International DLR Station, and Stratford International in around 2 h 21 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southend-on-Sea to Canterbury via Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn), Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside), Bluewater, Bus Station (Bluewater Shopping Centre), and Dartford in around 4 h 56 min.

Train operators
c2c
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Train from Southend Central to West Ham
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Train from Southend Central to Chafford Hundred
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
c2c-online.co.uk
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Stratford International to Canterbury West
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Train from Rainham (Kent) to Canterbury East
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $21
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Greenhithe for Bluewater to Rainham (Kent)
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Bus operators
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn) to Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn)
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn) to Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside)
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Southend-on-Sea and Canterbury is 38 km. The road distance is 114 km.

The cheapest way to get from Southend-on-Sea to Canterbury is to drive which costs £11 - £17 and takes 1 h 20 min.

The quickest way to get from Southend-on-Sea to Canterbury is to drive which takes 1 h 20 min and costs £11 - £17.

No, there is no direct train from Southend-on-Sea to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Southend Central and arriving at Canterbury West via West Ham DLR Station and Stratford International. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 21 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Southend-on-Sea to Canterbury. However, there are services departing from Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn) and arriving at Canterbury via Basildon Town Centre, Bus Station (Basil'n Bus Stn), Lakeside, Bus Station (Lakeside) and Dartford. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 56 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 21 min to get from Southend-on-Sea to Canterbury, including transfers.