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Plan your journey

Planning your trip to Canterbury? Here is where to plan your journey, from travel to finding maps and information centres.

Canterbury is easily accessible by road and rail with an excellent travel network, allowing you to reach the city, coast and countryside quickly and easily. Take a look at our travel information and useful guides below to plan your trip.

If you are interested in venue hire for conferences, events or meetings in Canterbury, visit our Venue Hire Page

There are numerous options for sustainable travel with high speed rail links and well-connected bus and coach services, with two train stations just 5mins from the town centre. 

If you prefer to drive, Canterbury is also served by the M2 motorway direct from London and the Port of Dover and has 3 Park and Ride facilities for easy day trips. International visitors can reach us from the Port of Dover (20mins), Gatwick Airport (70mins) and Heathrow (90mins) by car or by public transport. 

Visitor Information Centres

If you’re visiting Canterbury, pop into one of our Visitor Information Centres where our friendly staff will help you find the information you need to make your visit complete. They can help with

  • Information about getting around the area
  • How to get tickets for top attractions
  • Booking guided tours
  • Options for parking
  • Maps, brochures and guides for the area


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
18 High Street
Canterbury, CT1 2RA
01227 862 162 

Visit the website for up-to-date opening times.


The Whitstable Shop & Visitor Information Centre
34 Harbour Street
Whitstable, CT5 1AJ
01227 770 060

Herne Bay 

12 William Street
Herne Bay, CT6 5EJ
01227 361911

Guides & Maps - Find your way around

Every year, the team at Canterbury BID and their partners produce guides for every season in Canterbury to help visitors and residents to find things to do, new venues and seasonal fun in the city. These handy maps are available to download and keep, and keep an eye out for our festive and summer guides!



Where ever possible, we encourage our visitors to travel sustainably using our ample train and bus services. Southeastern’s high speed services will get you between London St Pancras International and Canterbury West in just 54 minutes, or you can travel to Canterbury East, located just five minutes' walk from the city centre.

There are plenty of other train routes between our towns and hundreds of other destinations.

Book your tickets today!


Popular routes 

  • Between Canterbury and Dover

    Reason to visit: Dover Castle and cliff walks
    Station: Canterbury East
    Time: 17-28 minutes

  • Between Canterbury and Margate

    Reason to visit: Amusements, Dreamland and that special seaside experience
    Station: Canterbury West
    Time: 30-36 minutes

  • Between Canterbury and Faversham

    Reason to visit: Classic market town and Kent's ale capital
    Station: Canterbury East
    Time: 11-14 minutes

  • Between Canterbury and Wye

    Reason to visit: Tranquil river setting and the famous Tickled Trout Pub
    Station: Canterbury West
    Time: 11-14 minutes



Being in such a central location, Canterbury can be reached by Stagecoach buses running all over East Kent, so here are some of the key bus services going to and from Canterbury:

Direct coach services from Dover, Ramsgate and London will stop at Canterbury Bus Station in the city centre, the perfect drop-off point for a tour of the city or a shopping trip. 

Alternatively, some coaches will stop at the University of Kent, providing quick campus access and opportunity to visit local natural beauty spots, such as Blean Woods and the Crab and Winkle Way.   


Whether you're visiting Canterbury, Whitstable, or Herne Bay, there are many places to park your car. Canterbury offers city centre parking, or a Park and Ride service allowing you to park slightly outside the city and get a bus into town. 

Need somewhere to park? Check the Canterbury City Council website for details on all council-run car parks across the district, including up-to-date fees and space availability, accessible parking options, electric vehicle charging points and more. You can also sign up for an online parking account. 

Find your parking spot!


Travel by Stagecoach bus around the district © Alex Hare

High speed access between London and the district with Southeastern