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 1h 37m, with around 111 trains travelling 63 miles (102 km) 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 53m. 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.
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The average journey time by train between London and Folkestone Central is 1 hour and 33 minutes, with around 76 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Folkestone Central is 52 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Folkestone Central can start from as little as £11.20 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Folkestone Central without having to change trains. There are 76 direct trains from London to Folkestone Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Folkestone Central leaves at 05:37. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Folkestone Central leaves at 23:40. 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.
Trains travelling from London to Folkestone Central cover a distance of around 63 miles (102 km) during the journey.
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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.
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.
Paola is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.