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There are 5 ways to get from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East by subway, train, bus, rideshare 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

Subway, train  •  2h 16m

  1. Take the subway from Waterloo station to Euston station Northern
  2. Take the train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West

£32 - £62

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2h 2m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Canterbury 61.3 miles

£4 - £12

3 alternative options

Train  •  2h 55m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Canterbury East

£30 - £56

Bus  •  3h 12m

  1. Take the bus from London Elephant and Castle to Canterbury National Express

£6 - £10

Drive  •  1h 12m

  1. Drive from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East 60.5 miles

£9 - £14

Waterloo Station to Canterbury East by subway, walk and train

The journey time between Waterloo Station and Canterbury East is around 1h 7m and covers a distance of around 74 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 1h 4m. Services are operated by London Underground (Tube) and South Eastern Trains Service. Typically 138 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
1h 7m
Fastest journey time:
1h 4m
Journey distance:
74 miles
Services per week:
138
Cheapest price:
£32
Carbon emissions:
6 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:59
Last service departs at:
22:59

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Waterloo Station to Canterbury East subway, walk and train schedules

Departing Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Waterloo Station → Canterbury East
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Canterbury East is 111.

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The social distance requirement in Canterbury East is 1 metre.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East is to rideshare which costs £4 - £12 and takes 2h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East is to drive which costs £9 - £14 and takes 1h 12m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Waterloo Station station to Canterbury East. However, there are services departing from Waterloo Station Waterloo Rd and arriving at Canterbury via London Elephant and Castle. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 12m.

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No, there is no direct train from Waterloo Station station to Canterbury East. However, there are services departing from Waterloo station and arriving at Canterbury West via St Pancras International. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 16m.

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The distance between Waterloo Station and Canterbury East is 54 miles. The road distance is 60.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East without a car is to subway and train which takes 2h 16m and costs £30 - £65.

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It takes approximately 2h 16m to get from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East, including transfers.

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Waterloo Station to Canterbury East bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Elephant and Castle station.

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Waterloo Station to Canterbury East train services, operated by London Underground (Tube), depart from Waterloo station.

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The best way to get from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East is to train which takes 2h 55m and costs £30 - £60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £6 - £10 and takes 3h 12m.

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Map of how to get from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East.
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  • Distance: 54.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 16m

What companies run services between Waterloo Station, Greater London, England and Canterbury East, England?

South Eastern Trains Service operates a train from London Victoria to Canterbury East hourly. Tickets cost £29 - £55 and the journey takes 1h 55m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Elephant and Castle to Canterbury every 3 hours. Tickets cost £5 - £8 and the journey takes 1h 55m.

Train operators
London Underground (Tube)

Comprised of 11 lines and 270 stations, the London Underground (known to locals as the Tube) is the most popular way to navigate the English capital, including to/from Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly Line. Purchase an Oyster card (an electronic smartcard that you use to touch on and off at Tube stations) at any station for the cheapest fares. Most stations have WiFi, but not all trains and stations are air-conditioned. On weekends, a 24-hour service runs on selected lines.

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Contact Details
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Subway from Waterloo station to Euston station
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £3
Website
London Underground (Tube)
South Eastern Trains Service
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from St Pancras International to Canterbury West
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £60
Schedules at
National Rail
Schedules at
South Eastern Trains Service
Anytime
£30 - £50
1st Class
£40 - £60
Train from London Victoria to Canterbury East
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£29 - £55
Schedules at
National Rail
Schedules at
South Eastern Trains Service
Anytime
£29 - £45
1st Class
£35 - £55
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 London Elephant and Castle to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
National Express
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Canterbury
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£4 - £12
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Waterloo Station to Canterbury East bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Canterbury station.

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Waterloo Station to Canterbury East train services, operated by South Eastern Trains Service, arrive at Canterbury West station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Waterloo Station to Canterbury East is 61 miles. It takes approximately 1h 12m to drive from Waterloo Station to Canterbury East.

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

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