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Getting Here from the UK:
There are frequent, high speed train services to Canterbury from St Pancras International. There are also direct services from London Victoria, London Charing Cross, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International.
For more information on getting here by train, please visit the Transport Canterbury train travel page.
From Canterbury East Railway Station: This station is approximately a 45-minute walk from the campus. You can view the journey on google maps.
From Canterbury West Railway Station: This station is approximately a 25-minute walk from the campus. You can view the journey on google maps. You will 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.
From Canterbury Bus Station: This station is approximately a 45-minute walk from the campus. You can view the journey on google maps.
When planning your journey to walk or cycle find the building you are visiting first on our maps page. Insert the postcode given for the building you are visiting first within the online tool you are using to navigate. There are some useful links to online tools and maps on our walking planning your journey advice pages.
Refer to by Car Directions.
Getting Here from Outside the UK:
By Channel Tunnel and Ferry
Rail from France, Belgium, Netherlands : take the Eurostar to St Pancras International. Then change to National Rail service to Canterbury West.
Driving from France: 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.
Plan your journey: EuroTunnel (Le Shuttle)
Ferry from Calais or Dunkirk: Ferries, including those operated by DFDS Seaways and P&O, go from the Port of Dover to Calais or Dunkirk. Then use the National Rail Service from Dover Priory to Canterbury East Rail Station. You will then use the local bus service, taxi or walk to the University.
The information below is for travelling by train to Canterbury. The National Express also runs an airport transfer service.
From London Heathrow: take the underground to London Victoria then rail to Canterbury. Alternatively, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington, underground to St Pancras International then rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours 20 minutes.
Plan your journey: from Heathrow
From London Gatwick: take the train to London St Pancras International then high-speed rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours. Alternatively, take the train to London Bridge then rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours 15 minutes.
Plan your journey: from Gatwick
From London Stansted: take the train to Tottenham Hale then the underground to the National Rail mainline station you intend to travel from. Alternatively, take the Stansted Express to London Liverpool Street, then the underground to your National Rail mainline station. From here, see the Getting here by rail section. Approximate journey time 2 hours 30 minutes.
Plan your journey: from Stansted
From London Luton: take the train from Luton Airport Parkway to London St Pancras International then high-speed rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours.
Plan your journey: from Luton
Getting Here by Car
When planning your journey by car use the following Navigations to direct you to our Canterbury campus:
The campus is less than two miles from Canterbury city centre. It can be accessed by road from the west via A290 Whitstable Road or from the east via St Stephen’s Hill.
From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise): Exit the M25 at junction 2 onto the A2 Canterbury. Continue on A2/M2 and exit at junction 7 then follow signs to Canterbury.
From the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): Exit the M25 at junction 5 and continue on M26(M20) signposted Maidstone. Exit the M20 at junction 7 onto A249 Sheerness. Exit left onto M2 for Canterbury, exit the M2 at junction 7 then follow signs to Canterbury.
From Canterbury to the campus (via A2 eastbound/London): Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road.
Via A2 westbound: Wincheap, Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road.
There is limited parking available on campus and parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. We would, therefore, advise visitors to use public transport wherever possible. For more information on car parking on campus, please visit the Transport visitor parking page.
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