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Prices explained

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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.

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  1. Cheapest price £10.10
  2. 30 day advance £10.10
  3. 7 day advance £13.80
  • First train
    05:22
  • Last train
    00:07
  • Avg changes
    0
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 25m
  1. It is very easy to travel by train from London to Margate. With the fastest trains taking under 90 minutes, the Kent coastal town is a good choice for a day trip from London. There are two direct high-speed routes from London St Pancras to Margate, one via Chatham and the other via Canterbury. The latter is faster, so that’s the journey we describe here.

    Tickets for this route normally go on sale about 12 weeks prior to travel. But there is no advantage in booking long in advance. The fares do not increase as the travel date approaches. The cheapest fares are for travel on weekend days and at off-peak times during the week. Bear in mind that a return is usually cheaper than two singles. Indeed for a day trip from London to Margate and back you can – if you stick to off-peak trains – get a return ticket for the same price as a single.

    Alternatively, there is also a slightly slower route from London Victoria to Margate.

    London to Margate

    London to Margate

    Take time to explore the beautifully restored station at London St Pancras before joining the train. The direct high-speed Javelin trains on this route travel 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 usually make five or six intermediate stops between London and Margate. Sit on the right side of the train for good views of Canterbury Cathedral and the Stour Valley wetlands downstream from Canterbury.

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