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How to Get From London to Canterbury

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This post provides information about traveling from London to Canterbury using a shuttle bus. If you want to drive there instead, this post also includes directions for cars as well.


OVERVIEW

There are several ways to get from London to Canterbury, and this post will cover all of the different options you might want to consider.

One of the most popular choices is to take the train, as travel time is typically very short and ticket prices are more than reasonable.

If you're looking to save some money, you can also take a shuttle bus to Canterbury, but these coaches usually take a bit longer than other services.

There are also day trips which include stops in and around Canterbury, and if you're planning a quick one-day journey to the area, this might be an excellent option.

If all else fails, you can always drive to Canterbury, but this means contending with traffic and searching for parking when you get there.

No matter how you plan to reach this destination, there are a number of different services offering transportation from London to Canterbury.


HOW TO GET TO CANTERBURY BY SHUTTLE BUS

There are also several coach companies that offer services between London and Canterbury. 

The companies we recommend most are National Express and Megabus, as both have coaches departing from either location every 1-2 hours throughout the day.

The price of the journey varies immensely, depending on how far in advance you purchase your ticket.

Tickets purchased within a few days of the journey, for example, can be astronomical, whilst tickets purchased at least a month in advance are often much cheaper than the train.

Typically, you can expect tickets to cost about £5 - £15 on average.

Purchase shuttle bus tickets or learn more.


HOW TO GET TO CANTERBURY BY CAR

Visitors traveling to Canterbury by car can do so via the M2. The route is relatively straightforward and perhaps a better option for those hoping to go elsewhere in Kent. 

However, anyone who is traveling directly between London and Canterbury is better suited to take the train, as traffic coming in and out of London is often very heavy and the national railway is more than an hour faster.

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ORGANIZED DAY TRIPS TO CANTERBURY

If you’re not planning to spend a lot of time in Canterbury and you want to take care of the cost for a tour ahead of time, an organized day trip from London might be one of your best options.

This section covers some of the best day trips to the area.

Canterbury & White Cliffs of Dover Day Trip

  • Includes stop in Canterbury
  • Includes walking tour of Canterbury
  • Includes stop at the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Includes visitor, parking, and transportation costs.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
    • £60/Adults | £44/Children | £52/Seniors, Students
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Kent, Canterbury, & White Cliffs of Dover Day Trip

  • Includes a stop in Kent
  • Includes a stop in Canterbury
  • Includes a stop at the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Includes visitor, parking, and transportation costs.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
    • £75/Adults | £71/Children (0-17)
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Greenwich, Canterbury, & White Cliffs of Dover Day Trip

  • Includes a stop in Greenwich
  • Includes a stop in Canterbury
  • Includes a stop at the White Cliffs of Dover
  • Includes visitor, parking, and transportation costs.
  • Duration: 12 hours
    • £109 per person
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

For even more opportunities, check our post covering day trips from London.


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Updated: August 4th, 2022
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