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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price $15.23
  2. 30 day advance $15.23
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  1. The journey by train from London to Canterbury is very easy. Hourly fast trains leave from the impressively restored station at St Pancras in the capital, generally taking just under one hour to reach Canterbury. There are a number of alternative direct services from other London stations to Canterbury, but these are all much slower, but may offer cheaper fares. These slower options include hourly direct trains from Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo.

    Unlike many other journeys within Britain, there are no highly discounted advance purchase tickets on the London to Canterbury route. So there’s no financial advantage in booking ages in advance. The basic fare on the high-speed route from London St Pancras to Canterbury is much higher than on the slower options from other London stations. Whether you opt for the fast or slow trains, you’ll find great return fares here on Loco2. These are only valid on off-peak trains, but do allow you to make a return trip for little more than the price of a single ticket.


    London to Canterbury

    The fastest trains from London to Canterbury leave from St Pancras station. Take time to explore this wonderful terminus before joining the train. The direct high-speed Javelin trains on this route track east through Essex, diving under the Thames to reach Kent. After speeding over the Medway Viaduct, the route then tunnels through the North Downs. Enjoy glorious Kentish scenery on the second half of the journey. Trains on this line make three intermediate stops between London and Canterbury – at Stratford, Ebbsfleet and Ashford. In Canterbury, you’ll arrive at West station, from where it is a pleasant walk over the river into the city centre.

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The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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