Travel to Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay


By road: The Canterbury district has excellent road links with the M20 (M25/M26) and M2 motorways providing easy links to London and its airports. The A2 and A260 connect Canterbury with the port of Dover and the Eurotunnel terminal in Cheriton near Folkestone. Herne Bay and Whitstable are both a short drive from Canterbury, via the A28/A281 and A290. Helpful route planners: Bing Maps and the AA

Park & Ride: Canterbury Park & Ride is the greenest, cheapest and fastest way to get to the heart of the city. There are three park and ride sites, at Wincheap, New Dover Road and Sturry Road, so letting the bus take the strain is the most sensible option for almost any trip into the city. The buses stop at a number of intermediate stops between car parks and the city centre. For just £3.00 per car, a driver and up to six passengers can park and board one of our smart 'kneeling' low floor buses - with space and restraint facilities for wheelchairs and prams, to enjoy unlimited journeys across each route. The payment system gives change so it really is easy to Park and Ride.

By rail: Canterbury has two mainline railway stations, East and West and is served by frequent trains to and from London Charing Cross, London Victoria (approximately 90 minutes) and elsewhere in Kent. The High Speed rail link provides a journey time from London's St Pancras International to Canterbury West of approximately 59 minutes. Passengers getting off Eurostar at Ashford International will find that Canterbury is just a 20-minute rail journey. Whitstable and Herne Bay are both on a direct line to London Victoria (approximately 80 minutes journey time). For National Rail enquiries telephone +44 (0) 8457 484 950.

By bus: The district is well served by Stagecoach East Kent buses from Canterbury Bus Station. For timetable enquiries, telephone +44 (0) 8707 433 711. Buses 4, 4A, 4B and 5 travel at regular intervals between Canterbury Bus Station and Whitstable town centre. For Herne Bay take either the 6, 6A, 6B or 7. National Express coaches run to Canterbury from London Victoria Coach Station. For all enquiries, telephone +44 (0) 8717 818 181 or check out the National Express Timetable Information website

By bicycle or on foot: Canterbury has a network of safe cycle routes, including 5 national and regional trails. For the more adventurous, there are signposted long-distance cycle routes along country lanes - one towards Dover and one towards Folkestone and the Channel Tunnel. You can also ride to Whitstable following part of the famous 'Crab and Winkle Line'. For cycling information contact Spokes on +44 (0) 1227 738 296. If you are on foot, why not go on a self guided tours from Canterbury Audio Tours (telephone +44 (2) 1227 637 556) or join a guided tour operated by the Canterbury Tourist Guides. These leave daily from Easter to October from the Canterbury Visitor Information Centre, which is clearly signposted throughout the city. Telephone +44 (0) 1227 459 779.

By air: London Airports are all approximately under two hours drive from Canterbury City Centre. Visitors arriving at any of London's airports and wanting to travel by public transport to the area must first travel to central London and change to a connecting coach or train service.

By sea: The Canterbury district is very close to mainland Europe. A day trip or stay is a great way to sample the continental atmosphere. Take the car ferry from Dover or take your vehicle through the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone.

Coach Parking

Find out about coach parking in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.

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Help and Contact

Contact the Canterbury Visitor Information Centre for help with planning your visit.

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We have a selection of publications that you can download in order to assist with the planning of your visit and to help you get around with ease once you are here.

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