International Travel

As the UK's European University, Kent has great links to Europe and is close to many of the UK's main airports.

Government Update:

From Tuesday 30 November 2021:

  • Face coverings are a legal requirement on all UK public transport. You must wear a face covering throughout your journey, unless you have medical exemptions.
  • You must follow the rules for international travel. You should not travel to countries or territories on the red list. 
  • You will also need to take a PCR test, regardless of whether you have symptoms, if you are travelling to the UK from abroad.    

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eurostar will not stop at Ebbsfleet and Ashford International train stations until 2022. Travel to St Pancras and catch the High-speed 1 train to Canterbury West. Find out more information about what you need to do before you travel on the Eurostar.

International travel

Kent has good air connections with Europe and the world due to its proximity to several major international airports.

There are regular flights from the airports listed below to destinations all over the world. All are easy to get to from Canterbury and Medway.

Travelling to Europe (Eurostar)

Eurostar trains are run by Eurostar International Limited.

Eurostar is the high-speed passenger train which runs via the Channel Tunnel from London St.Pancras, Ebbsfleet and Ashford International to Calais, Lille, Paris & Brussels.

It takes around 2 hours 15 minutes to travel 495 km (307 miles) from London to Paris.

From Canterbury West, catch the train to Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International or London St. Pancras to board the Eurostar. From Chatham, catch the train to Ebbsfleet International or London St. Pancras.

Ferries from Dover Port

Ferries, including those operated by DFDS Seaways and P&O, go from the Port of Dover to Calais or Dunkirk.

From Canterbury, catch either the train from Canterbury East to Dover Priory and then board the bus to Dover Eastern Docks or use the bus, Service 15A, from Canterbury bus station to the docks.

From Medway, catch the train from Chatham to Dover Priory and then board the bus to Dover Eastern Docks.

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