Canterbury travel guide

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You're Going to Love Canterbury

With a population of 46.978, Canterbury is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Canterbury to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Canterbury

If you’re looking for affordable options, Oscar & Bentleys (10 Guildhall Street) and The Granville (Street End Lower Hardres) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Côte Brasserie - Canterbury (2 Longmarket) and Gurkha Dine (74 Wincheap) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Canterbury.

When to visit Canterbury

Canterbury in January
Estimated hotel price
£72
1 night at 3-star hotel
Canterbury in January
Estimated hotel price
£72
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Canterbury

Plane

Although Canterbury doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), which is located 89 km from Canterbury. The shortest domestic flight to Canterbury departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Canterbury, followed by Train. The train journey from Canterbury to Bristol takes 1h 34m and costs around £27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Brussels, expect to pay about £26 for a 2h 02m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Canterbury East is the busiest station in Canterbury. Another popular train station is Canterbury Chartham, located 5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Canterbury is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 87 km from Canterbury. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Canterbury, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Canterbury takes 217 km and will cost you around £2. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about £4 for a journey of 233 km. The most popular bus station is Canterbury Park and Ride, located 2.4 km from the city centre of Canterbury. Canterbury University of Kent is also a commonly used station, and is 2.0 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Canterbury doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), which is located 89 km from Canterbury. The shortest domestic flight to Canterbury departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Canterbury, followed by Train. The train journey from Canterbury to Bristol takes 1h 34m and costs around £27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Brussels, expect to pay about £26 for a 2h 02m trip. Located 0.6 km from the city centre, Canterbury East is the busiest station in Canterbury. Another popular train station is Canterbury Chartham, located 5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Canterbury is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 87 km from Canterbury. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Canterbury, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Canterbury takes 217 km and will cost you around £2. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about £4 for a journey of 233 km. The most popular bus station is Canterbury Park and Ride, located 2.4 km from the city centre of Canterbury. Canterbury University of Kent is also a commonly used station, and is 2.0 km from the city centre.

Airports near Canterbury

Airlines serving Canterbury

Lufthansa
Good (4,574 reviews)
KLM
Good (851 reviews)
SWISS
Good (920 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,402 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,593 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,276 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,543 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,925 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,119 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,481 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,664 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (222 reviews)
Finnair
Good (886 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (833 reviews)
LOT
Good (681 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,152 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (915 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,459 reviews)
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Where to stay in Canterbury

Average rates range from around £119 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £131 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Canterbury

Most booked hotels in Canterbury

The Crescent Turner Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£91+
Hampton by Hilton Canterbury
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£90+
Marine Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£140+
The Five Bells
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£89+
The Falstaff Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£79+
The Victoria Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£61+

Hiring a car in Canterbury

Hiring a car in Canterbury costs £38 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Canterbury (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. Economy (Class Economy Car or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Canterbury, while also 71% cheaper than other types, on average.

Hiring a car in Canterbury costs £38 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Canterbury (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. Economy (Class Economy Car or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Canterbury, while also 71% cheaper than other types, on average.