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Plane flying from Stansted Airport

Canterbury to Stansted

From £14 one-way*

Duration: 2 hrs 50 mins (fastest)
Departures: up to 6 services per day

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Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to travel without being accompanied throughout the journey by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.
Children aged 14 - 15 years old may travel unaccompanied, as from 5am, arriving at their booked destination no later than 10pm. Unaccompanied children will be asked for proof of age or a signed letter of permission from their parent/guardian. (sms or chat based messages are not permissible)

One infant aged 0-2 travels free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Additional infants aged 0-2 must be paid for. If you are travelling with more than 1 infant aged 0-2, please book the additional infant as 'Children (3-15).

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Coach from Canterbury to Stansted Airport

Start your travel plans the right way with fast and convenient travel from Canterbury to Stansted Airport.

With fares starting from just £14 one-way*, the coach is the perfect option for anyone who wants to travel comfortably without breaking the bank.

You can book tickets from Canterbury to Stansted Airport now using the blue journey planner above.

Canterbury to Stansted journey information
Fastest journey time 2 hrs 50 mins (From Canterbury Bus Station)
Cheapest price From £14 *
Distance (approx) 128km
No. of stops 5 (other services may use further stops)
First & last journey daily 0:55am/17:15pm (from University of Kent)

Our Canterbury to Stansted services and stops

Click below to see the stops for each service and plan your journey with ease.

260 coach towards Stansted Airport

Our 260 service travels up to 6 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • University of Kent (Canterbury)
  • Canterbury Bus Station
  • Maidstone
  • Chatham Waterfront Bus Station
  • Chatham (Maritime)
  • Dartford Bluewater Shopping Centre Bus Station
  • London (Stratford)
  • Stansted Airport
*Limited Availability. No booking fee when logged into My Account and purchasing on the National Express website or app, otherwise £1 booking fee applies. Fares correct 16 November 2022 for travel between 16 November 2022 and 15 March 2023.

Departing from Canterbury

Our 260 service departs from both the University of Kent and Canterbury Bus Station to give you multiple travel options to the airport.

The university stop is a great option for students and those living on the outskirts of the city. Meanwhile, Canterbury Bus Station's central location gives you access to all the shops, cafes, restaurants and other facilities you may need before you travel.

Arriving at Stansted Airport

To ensure a stress-free travel experience we recommend you get to the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight departure time.

Once you've left the coach at our Stansted Airport station, you can refuel and recover before you even enter the terminal. Plus, with coffee shops, toilet facilities, newsagents and more on-site, you’ll soon be set for the next part of your trip.

For more information, take a look at our Stansted Airport coach station page.

Frequently asked questions

When is the first coach from Canterbury to Stansted?

The first coach leaves from the University of Kent coach stop at 0.55am, arriving at Stansted Airport at 4.00am.

When is the last coach from Canterbury to Stansted?

The last coach leaves from the University of Kent coach stop at 17.15pm, arriving at Stansted Airport at 20.45pm.

How much is the coach from Canterbury to Stansted?

A one-way journey from Canterbury to Stansted is available from £14*.

How long does the coach take from Canterbury to Stansted?

Our fastest coach journey from Canterbury to Stansted takes 2 hours and 50 mins from Canterbury Bus Station.

What happens if I miss my coach from Canterbury to Stansted?

We have fare types available to give you more flexibility when you travel. Both our Standard and Fully Flexible fares are amendable, however, excess fees may apply. For more information, please visit our tickets page.

Alternatively, when buying your ticket you can add Change and Go to your booking. Change and Go allows you to board any available coach 12 hours before or after your original departure time for just £5 per journey. Find out more at our Change and Go page.

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