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About Canterbury

Roman-era walls surround Canterbury's medieval city center, so you know visiting will be like a blast from the past. Start by exploring the cathedrals and castles that represent the city's history, like the Canterbury Cathedral. Also, don't miss the medieval Westgate Towers Museum & Viewpoint, which combines education and big adventures in its historically-themed escape rooms.

If you're ready to enjoy the city's great outdoors, then head to the Barham and Adisham Walk, Beacon Hill Herne Bay, Belmont House and Gardens, or the Bigbury Camp. Wine connoisseurs will love swishing their wine glasses at several vineyards, breweries, and distilleries. You can drive to the scenic Chartham Vineyard or simply join a group brewery and distillery tour.

Canterbury is a very compact city, and most destinations within the city walls can be easily reached via a short walk. To travel to Canterbury, you can take a Southeastern train or a National Express bus.

Station Information

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Canterbury West Railway Station is a small train station northwest of Canterbury Cathedral and most of the town's attractions and services. However, there are several restaurants, a supermarket, and plentiful parking right next to the station. You will find the main station buildings on the side of Platform 1, housing a café and public toilets. Platforms 1 and 2 both have waiting rooms. Southeastern trains on the Ashford to Ramsgate and the London to Ashford lines stop in Canterbury and connect to a robust rail network throughout the United Kingdom.

Popular train stations in Canterbury:

  • Canterbury West

  • Canterbury East

What train companies travel to Canterbury, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, Canterbury is accessible by train from one other city. You can choose from 9 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Canterbury on Wanderu. Avanti West Coast usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Canterbury

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Avanti West Coast13h 7m£85.26
Southeastern11h 32m£24.61
West Midlands Railway13h 56m£71.37
CrossCountry13h 19m£71.30
  • Avanti West Coast is one of the primary rail links between London and Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. On any given day, Avanti West Coast operates almost 300 routes and departs hourly from select destinations.

  • Southeastern is a rail franchise that operates passenger train services between central London and southeast England. The company's fleet of over 300 trains stops at 180 stations across London, Kent, and East Sussex, and standard and first-class fares are available. First-class passengers enjoy dedicated areas, larger seats, more legroom, and a quieter travel experience. Onboard restrooms are available for all passengers.

  • CrossCountry operates an extensive rail network in the U.K., centered in Birmingham. In standard class, passengers enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms. Trains also contain a small café or a trolley that passes through the carriages. An upgrade to first-class gives passengers more legroom and complimentary food.

Frequently Asked Questions

£17.75 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Canterbury, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Canterbury. In the last month, trains from London to Canterbury had the lowest average price at £24.61.

The busiest train station in Canterbury is Canterbury West. As Canterbury's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Canterbury East.

Canterbury is the most popular train destination in Kent. It also ranks number 3 in United Kingdom. Canterbury has the most train connections in the region. There are 9 train schedules arriving in Canterbury each day.
The population of Canterbury is 55240. Canterbury ranks number 1 in terms of population in Kent and number 10 in all of United Kingdom.
Train tickets to Canterbury range from £18 for a short trip to Canterbury, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Canterbury starts at , and a longer trip by train to Canterbury can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £18.
The closest train station to the city center of Canterbury is Canterbury West, located just 0.3 miles away. Select Canterbury West as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Canterbury. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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