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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Image credits: Canterbury by Jaime Pharr