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Canterbury West railway station is the busier of the two stations in the small city of Canterbury, Kent, approximately 20 yards to the west of its neighbour, Canterbury East. Refurbished in 2009 and again in 2013, the station originally opened in the spring of 1846. In 1931 it was closed to passenger services, re-opening in 1961 with the introduction of electrified lines through the station. Today, Canterbury West runs regular services to London Victoria, London Charing Cross,Margate and Ramsgate and high-speed to London St Pancras.

The city of Canterbury is small by English standards; however, it has enjoyed a long and rich history. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, owing to the importance of St. Augustine, who served as the apostle to the Kingdom of Kent in the 7th century. Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the city's most popular landmark and is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of worshippers every year - as described in Chaucer's literary classic, The Canterbury Tales.

Canterbury West is also the nearest station to Wingham Wildlife Park, once you arrive at the station, it's just a 20-minute taxi or bus ride (take the number 43).

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Being staffed may mean there is only staff in the ticket office, who may not alw
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:15 - 19:30
Saturday 06:15 - 19:30
Sunday 08:30 - 17:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
ATM notes
Located on concourse
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
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 spaces112
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£581.00
Three Monthly£291.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces126
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
downside platform - London end
Cycle storage notes<p>Secure cycle storage is available on Platform 1. Please ask staff for details. You may leave your cycle in the rack provided on Platform 1, however you do so at your own risk.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Both platforms accessed through ticket office

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

Accessible taxis are available

The station concourse lies adjacent to a daily farmers market, just off Station Road. The concourse houses a staffed ticket office, as well as several ticket machines. Platform 1, with its services to London Victoria, St Pancras and Charing Cross, is home to a small cafe, toilet facilities and fully enclosed waiting room. Platform 2, with services to Margate and Ramsgate, is accessible from platform 1 via either a lift or a raised walkway.

Departures and arrivals from Canterbury West

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Canterbury West station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern05:171On time
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern06:031On time
to London St Pancras InternationalSoutheastern06:171Scheduled
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern06:341On time
to MargateSoutheastern06:542Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from RamsgateSoutheastern05:161On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern06:011On time
from MargateSoutheastern06:161Scheduled
from RamsgateSoutheastern06:331On time
from Ashford InternationalSoutheastern06:532Scheduled
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