The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
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Directions for travel
Canterbury has excellent transport links. The Medway campus is 30 miles away en route to London (55 miles to the north-west and less than an hour away by high-speed train). Dover is half an hour away to the south-east, and the nearest coastal town in Whitstable, six miles to the North. The Eurostar terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet are close by, meaning you can be in Paris, Brussels or Lille within two hours.
- From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise): Leave M25 at junction 2 signposted A2 Canterbury, continue on A2/M2, leave M2 at junction 7 signposted A2 Canterbury. Follow signs to Canterbury.
- From the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): At M25 junction 5 continue ahead on M26(M20) signposted Maidstone, leave M20 at junction 7 signposted A249 Canterbury, join M2 at junction 5 for Canterbury, leave M2 at junction 7 signposted A2 Canterbury. Follow signs to Canterbury.
- From the South-East: Maidstone and Tonbridge: M20, A249, M2, A2 Ashford: A28 Folkestone: M20, A28 Dover: A2.
From Canterbury to the campus:
Via A2 eastbound/London: Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road
Via A2 westbound/A28: Wincheap, Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road
University Road postcode CT2 7NP. On arrival, follow signs to your accommodation, and then move your car to the visitors’ car park on Giles Lane after unloading.
The visitors' car park on Giles Lane is a 'Pay and Display' car park and clearly signposted. Parking elsewhere is very restricted and for permit holders only.
Follow the signs to your accommodation. For other campus locations, you can use the visitors’ car park or one of the other car parks where there are disabled bays for blue badge holders.
- London Heathrow; London Underground to the National Rail mainline station you intend to travel from (see 'rail' tab). For more travel options see the Heathrow airport website. London Underground - National Rail Enquiries - South Eastern Trains
- London Gatwick; Gatwick Express to London Victoria (30 mins four times each hour). If you are not traveling to Canterbury from London Victoria, take the London Underground to the National Rail mainline station you are traveling from (see 'rail' tab). Gatwick Express - National Rail Enquiries - South Eastern Trains
- London Stansted; Train to Tottenham Hale station (30mins), London Underground to the National Rail mainline station you intend to travel from (see 'rail' tab).or Stansted Express to London Liverpool Street railway station (45 mins), London Underground to your National Rail mainline station. National Rail Enquiries - One Railway - Stansted Express - South Eastern Trains
- London Luton; Train to London Bridge railway station (50 mins), train from London Bridge to Canterbury West (90 mins) . National Rail Enquiries - Thameslink Trains - South Eastern Trains
By Channel Tunnel:
- From France; take the Eurostar to Ashford - journey time approx 2 hours Paris, 1 hour Lille; then train to Canterbury West, 20 minutes [check times with National Rail Enquiries] Eurostar - National Rail Enquiries - South Eastern Trains
- From Belgium; take the Eurostar to Ebbsfleet - journey time approx 2 hours Brussels ; then coach to Canterbury West, 45 minutes [check times with National Express] Eurostar - National Express
- From France (by road/rail) take Le Shuttle from Calais to the Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal. From the terminal, follow signs to Folkestone, Dover, Canterbury and Ramsgate (M20/A20). Stay on the A20 until instructed to join the A260 signposted Canterbury - approx 40 minutes journey time. EuroTunnel (Le Shuttle)
- London (St Pancras) to Canterbury West: High speed trains - journey time approximately 55 minutes. Trains depart on an hourly basis.
- London (Victoria) to Canterbury East: journey time approximately 85 minutes.
- London (Charing Cross or Waterloo East) to Canterbury West: journey time approximately 90 minutes.
Passengers who have to cross London from one main-line terminus to another are advised to allow one hour between their arrival and departure times in which to do this.
Travelling from Canterbury East and Canterbury West stations to the campus
- From Canterbury East train station: Turn right straight outside the station (do not cross the bridge opposite the station) and follow the road to the bus stop.
- From Canterbury West train station: Turn right out of the station entrance and walk along Station Road West. Turn left into St Dunstan’s Street and cross to the bus stop on the opposite side of the road.
You can catch either the UNIBUS or the Canterbury Triangle service 4,4a and 4b from both bus stops.
National Express run a regular service from London Victoria coach station to Canterbury bus station. From here, you can catch the UNIBUS to the University campus. You can also get buses to the University using the Canterbury Triangle service, 4/4a/4b. Most buses run at 15 minute intervals. You should alight at the bus stop nearest to the visitors’ car park.
- Canterbury Bus Station to the University. Regular bus service, taking approx. 14 minutes. (See map for bus stops on campus.)
- From Canterbury East turn right straight outside the station (do not cross the bridge opposite the station) and follow the road to the bus stop. (See map for bus stops on campus.)
- From Canterbury West turn right and walk to the end of the road. Cross the road at the Zebra crossing and the bus stop is on the left. (See map for bus stops on campus.)
By foot (from Canterbury West):
You can walk from Canterbury West train station (about 25-30 minutes).
- Turn left out of the station and walk to the end of the road.
- Just after the 'Goods Shed' market on your left, take the footpath on the left and take the subway under the railway line.
- The University is signposted on blue signs from here.