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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
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsUnavailable
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
Six Monthly£347.00
Three Monthly£173.00
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
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 London VictoriaSoutheastern05:161On time
to Dover PriorySoutheastern05:372Scheduled
to London VictoriaSoutheastern05:461Scheduled
to FavershamSoutheastern06:091On time
to Dover PriorySoutheastern06:362Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Dover PriorySoutheastern05:151On time
from FavershamSoutheastern05:372Scheduled
from Dover PriorySoutheastern05:451Scheduled
from Dover PriorySoutheastern06:081On time
from Gillingham (Kent)Southeastern06:322Scheduled
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