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London to Canterbury

From £5 one-way*

Duration: 55 mins (fastest)
Departures: up to 16 services per day
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Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16 or over or they will be refused travel. Proof of age may be required.

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).


Coach from London to Canterbury

Our coaches travel from London (Victoria Coach Station) to Canterbury Bus Station 16 times a day. Services run from 7.30 am (approx) and the last coach arrives in London at 11.30 pm (approx).

Our fastest journey will get you from London (Eltham) to Canterbury in just 55m. With regular, reliable services from £5 one-way*, there's never been a better time to travel with National Express.

Departing from London

London Victoria Coach Station is easy to reach; it's just 300 metres from the tube network. Lines serving the coach station are: the Victoria Line, the District Line and the Circle Line. A bus stop is directly outside the coach station, and is served by many routes into the city centre.

Victoria Rail Station is also just 300 metres away, and there is a taxi rank outside the coach station on Eccleston Place.

Take a look at our London Victoria Station facilities.

Arriving in Canterbury

Canterbury Bus Station is based on St George's Lane; in the heart of this beautiful city, and just a 4-minute walk from Canterbury East Rail Station.

All local buses travel to the bus station, which is also served by a nearby taxi rank.

Frequently asked questions

How long does the bus take from London to Canterbury?

The fastest journey takes approximately 55 minutes to get from London (Eltham) to Canterbury, however, your journey time may vary depending on traffic conditions along the route.


Can I buy my ticket from your driver for the London to Canterbury bus?

Yes you can, however, this will be subject to availability as services may be full with pre-booked customers, so it is always advisable to purchase your ticket in advance.

You can also book by visiting one of our coach stations or Travel Shops, or from your local Post Office branch.

If you would like to purchase a ticket from our drivers on our London to Canterbury service, please be aware of the following;

  • Drivers can accept cash only, please ensure you have the correct change to avoid delays.
  • Drivers cannot make a reservation for a connecting service - if your journey requires a change of coach you must purchase a ticket from each driver.
  • Drivers can only issue; single (one way), day return and open dated return tickets, please ensure you obtain a ticket from the driver which you should carry at all times.
  • Drivers should be in a position to sell tickets, although if there are ticketing facilities available they may refer you to the ticket office, to purchase your ticket. It is always advisable to purchase or amend your ticket in advance of travel to avoid unnecessary delays to services.

In addition, you can call the National Express Contact Centre on 08717 818181 between 10am and 6pm, 7 days a week. Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.


How do I find the exact location of my stop in Canterbury?

To view our UK stop locations, please use the ‘Stop Finder’ service by clicking here to find your bus stop in Canterbury.

When you receive the email confirmation of your ticket, there will also be a ‘View on map’ link below the departure and/or destinations chosen.

Please note: You must read the details on your ticket as the exact location details of some stops may vary depending on your travel date, time or the direction of travel.

Calling at...

London to Canterbury route stops include:
  • London Victoria Coach Station
  • London Elephant and Castle
  • London Lewisham
  • London Eltham
  • Dartford (Bluewater Shopping Centre)
  • Gillingham (Hempstead Valley)
  • Canterbury (Bus Station)

Choose your seat

While you are always guaranteed a seat on our coaches, on this route you have the chance to choose the right one for you.

Simply choose to select your seat on the Add Extras page when booking your journey and pick your favourite!


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*Limited Availability. £1 booking fee applies. Fares correct 6 September 2019 for travel between 6 September 2019 and 4 January 2020.

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