London to Canterbury by train Find train times and tickets

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 $14.53
  2. 30 day advance $14.53
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Travelling from London to Canterbury by train

Fast trains from London to Canterbury take around 51 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 87 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Canterbury.

Are there direct trains from London to Canterbury?

Direct trains from London to Canterbury have been found.

We usually find around 60 direct trains on the route from London to Canterbury every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 71 departures.

How long is the train journey from London to Canterbury?

The London to Canterbury train travel time is normally about 51 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

What are the London to Canterbury train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Canterbury is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:12 and the last train is around 23:40. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 05:22, and the last at 23:12.

What's the London to Canterbury train price?

The cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Canterbury are $14.53, and there isn't much difference in price depending on when you book.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $14, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.

When to book London to Canterbury train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Canterbury by train.

Which train companies operate between London and Canterbury?

Southeastern is the train company that operates on the route from London to Canterbury.

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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  1. The journey by train from London to Canterbury is very easy. Fast trains leave from the impressively restored station at St Pancras in the capital. 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 direct trains from Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo.

    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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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and 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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