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Getting to Canterbury
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 the ‘kneeling’ low floor buses – with space and restraint facilities for wheelchairs and prams.
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 Raillink 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).
By bus: Canterbury 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 www.nationalexpress.com
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.