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Canterbury East station lies in the World Heritage city of Canterbury, a mere 20 yards east of the city's other station, Canterbury West, and in the heart of Canterbury Christ Church University student halls. The station runs regular services to Dover and London Victoria, with an additional Sunday service to Chatham. The station boasts a tenuous link to the work of esteemed author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In Doyle's short story, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Holmes and Watson are described hiding from Professor Moriarty in a train station in Canterbury; while the station is not specifically named, the fact that the pair were heading for the Continental Express via London Victoria suggests the station in question is Canterbury East. Today, the small city of Canterbury celebrates its four universities - the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University for the Creative Arts, and the American University, Canterbury - and is therefore home to a large student population.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Being staffed may mean there is only staff in the ticket office, who may not always be available to assist - booking is recommended
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 20:20
Saturday 06:10 - 20:20
Sunday 07:30 - 19:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
ShopsUnavailable
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Buffet
ATMUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsUnavailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces144
Carpark charges
Annual£629.00
Daily£3.80
Monthly£57.50
Off-peak£3.20
Six Monthly£347.00
Three Monthly£173.00
Weekly£16.90
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces20
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Platform 2
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Access to Platform 2 via ticket office side
Access to Platform 1 via Gordon Road

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

The small station concourse is adjacent to the East Station Snooker Club, and houses several staffed ticketing windows, a ticket machine, and a waiting area. Doors at the back of the ticket hall lead to platform 2 and its services to Dover Priory, from here a subway leads to platform 1 and services to London Victoria. Additional waiting areas can be found on platform 2, along with bike storage, toilet facilities and a customer help point.

Departures and arrivals from Canterbury East

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Canterbury East station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Dover PriorySoutheastern19:402On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern19:471On time
to Dover PriorySoutheastern20:402On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern20:471On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern21:331On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London VictoriaSoutheastern19:392On time
from Dover PriorySoutheastern19:461On time
from London VictoriaSoutheastern20:392On time
from Dover PriorySoutheastern20:461On time
from Dover PriorySoutheastern21:331On time
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