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Each fare is the lowest adult economy ticket fare found by our customers on Trainline. Fares booked further in advance than the dates displayed may be cheaper. Prices are updated daily, subject to change and indicative of price last update. Limited availability. Discount cards and coach journeys excluded, prices exclusive of booking fee.

London to Folkestone Central by train

It takes an average of 1h 33m to travel from London to Folkestone Central by train, over a distance of around 63 miles (102 km). There are normally 87 trains per day travelling from London to Folkestone Central and tickets for this journey start from £12.50 when you book in advance.

First train

05:29

Last train

23:39

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Folkestone Central

Journey time

From 55m

Distance

63 miles (102 km)

Frequency

87 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £12.50

Train operators

Southeastern

Travelling by train from London to Folkestone Central

Thinking about taking the train from London to Folkestone Central? We’ve got you covered.

The average journey time from London to Folkestone Central by train is 1 hour and 37 minutes, with around 111 trains travelling 63 miles between these two destinations daily. There’s no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to your destination. The fastest train can get you there in just 53 minutes.

Operated by Southeastern, all trains on this route offer free WiFi, access to Southeastern’s onboard entertainment service – Se Motion – filled with TV shows and films, and even First Class seating on certain routes.

Digital train tickets now available on this route

Did you know you can now buy digital train tickets from London to Folkestone? That’s right, no more queuing at the ticket machine or fumbling around for that paper ticket. It can now live in your Trainline app.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices – we’ll show you how much you can save on your train tickets if you travel Off-Peak or get a Railcard. Find out more about trains to Folkestone.

Keen to book your train tickets from London to Folkestone Central? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to learn a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs including first and last train times.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Folkestone Central? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Folkestone Central take?

The average journey time by train between London and Folkestone Central is 1 hour and 33 minutes, with around 87 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Folkestone Central by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Folkestone Central is 55 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Folkestone Central cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Folkestone Central can start from as little as £12.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from London to Folkestone Central?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Folkestone Central without having to change trains. There are 87 direct trains from London to Folkestone Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Folkestone Central leave?

The first train from London to Folkestone Central leaves at 05:29. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Folkestone Central leave?

The last train from London to Folkestone Central leaves at 23:39. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Folkestone Central by train?

Trains travelling from London to Folkestone Central cover a distance of around 63 miles (102 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Folkestone Central to London.

Cheap train tickets from London to Folkestone Central

Train tickets from London to Folkestone Central start at £12.50 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Folkestone Central is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Travelling from London to Folkestone by train

Getting to London Charing Cross station 

Our train to Folkestone departed from London Charing Cross, one of the most central railway stations in London. We took the bus to get to the station but you can also take the tube – Charing Cross is on the Bakerloo and Northern lines, plus it provides an interchange with London Charing Cross mainline station so it’s super easy to get there.  

As there was still plenty of time before our train was due to depart, we got off the bus near Trafalgar Square, took a picture with the Fourth Plinth swirl of cream sculpture and had a nice walk along the Strand.   

Boarding the train 

We boarded a Southeastern train at 09:40 and were glad to find the carriage quite empty, with lots of table seats available, and plenty of space to stretch out and relax. 

Insider tip: wherever you decide to sit, you’ll get to enjoy great views of London’s landmarks, with the London Eye on the right and Tower Bridge on the left.  

The journey 

It took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to get from London to Folkestone. The train whisked us from central London to Kent’s countryside and seaside towns, stopping at Waterloo East, London Bridge, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Paddock Wood, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Pluckley, Ashford International, Westenhanger, Sandling, and Folkestone West before reaching Folkestone Central station. 

We made use of the free WiFi available on board throughout the journey – it was quite good! Our train arrived right on time (at 11:20) at Folkestone Central station. As soon as we got off, we stopped by Folkestone’s harbour to grab a bite and then walked for about 20 minutes until we reached Sunny Sands beach, ready to soak up the sun.  

If you’re planning a day trip to the beach from London, I highly recommend taking the train to Folkestone. You’ll get there in less than 2 hours on a direct train, and you’ll be only a few minutes away from both the town centre and the beach.

About Paola

Paola, a Trainline employee, chose to share her experience of the journey between London and Folkestone.

† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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