Canterbury offers many taxi services to get you around the city, get you to an airport or other destinations.
The University works in partnership with Longley’s Taxi company to provide the Student Safe Taxi Scheme. We encourage all students to sign up to this scheme just in case they find they need to use it.
Other Canterbury Taxi companies
Local Taxi ranks
There are a number of taxi ranks around the city centre. Ranks can be found at:
- Canterbury West Railway Station
- Canterbury East Railway Station
- St George's Lane, outside Boots the Chemist adjacent to bus station.
- Canterbury Lane & Link Lane, outside Superdrug
- Rose Lane, beside Tesco Metro
Medway offers many taxi services to get you around the city, get you to an airport or other destinations.
Local Taxi ranks
There are a number of taxi ranks around the city centre. Ranks can be found at all 5 train stations and many others across Medway towns; Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester, Strood and Rainham.
You may prefer to travel by taxi rather than use public transport from UK airports. Taxis are a direct way to travel in the UK, picking you up from your location and taking you straight to your destination. However, please be aware that taxis are considerably more expensive than public transport. You will usually find taxis waiting in taxi ranks outside train stations and at airports.
If you do wish to travel by taxi from the airport to the University, we recommend booking it in advance, ideally as soon as you are aware of your flight times. If you are unable to book your taxi in advance, you can use a licensed black cab located at the airport taxi ranks.
You should only use licensed taxis. You can tell if a taxi is licensed by checking if there is a licence plate on the front and back of the vehicle. They are usually positioned under or next to the vehicle registration plate. Drivers of licensed taxis will also be wearing an ID badge and you can ask to see this if it is not immediately visible. If you are travelling alone it is usual to sit in the back of the taxi.
Planning your journey
Planning your journey in advance will help you establish if and what time to book a taxi to pick you up, have contact details of the taxi companies available or know where the taxis ranks are. Ask the taxi company or driver how much the trip will cost and if they will accept the payment method you wish to use; you can then be assured that you have enough money.
If you have not booked a taxi in advance, you will usually find taxis waiting in taxi ranks in key locations such as outside train stations and airports.
Sharing a taxi
If there are three or more of you who wish to travel, it may be cheaper to share a taxi. Check with the taxi company that the vehicle is large enough to accommodate everyone and luggage. If there are more than three of you, you may need a bigger vehicle which may be more expensive.