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London to Margate by train

It takes an average of 1h 50m to travel from London to Margate by train, over a distance of around 65 miles (105 km). There are normally 69 trains per day travelling from London to Margate and tickets for this journey start from £10.40 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 24m
PriceFrom £10.40
Distance65 miles (105 km)
Frequency69 trains per day
First train04:42
Last train23:40
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationMargate
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsSoutheastern

London to Margate train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Margate for Sunday 26th June 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:40 london victoria09:23 margatePlat. 5 estimatedsoutheastern Off Peak1h 43m, direct

Travelling from London to Margate by train this summer

Fancy a day on the beach or weekend away in Margate this summer and want to get there by train? You've come to the right place.

The train from London to Margate usually takes 1 hour and 43 minutes, but can take just 1 hour and 24 minutes on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Southeastern and their trains offer comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi.

Whether you’re heading for a day out at Margate beach or on the rides at Dreamland, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to book trains to Margate and search for cheap ticket prices – we’ll show you how much you can save on your train tickets if you travel Off-Peak or use a Railcard.

Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Margate with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for faqs and money-saving tips.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Margate? 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 Margate take?

The average journey time by train between London and Margate is 1 hour and 50 minutes, with around 69 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 Margate by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Margate is 1 hour and 24 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Margate cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Margate can start from as little as £10.40 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 Margate?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Margate without having to change trains. There are 69 direct trains from London to Margate 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 Margate leave?

The first train from London to Margate leaves at 04:42. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Margate leave?

The last train from London to Margate 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.

What's the distance between London and Margate by train?

Trains travelling from London to Margate cover a distance of around 65 miles (105 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London to Margate

Train tickets from London to Margate start at £10.40 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 Margate 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.

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A day trip to Margate from London

Review by Gina Kliche

The coastal town of Margate has seen a surge in popularity in recent years following the opening of its famous Turner Contemporary Gallery and the regeneration of the popular Dreamland Amusement Park. Situated just 75 miles outside of London and on the scenic east-coast of Kent, Margate is a destination favoured by day-trippers from London.

High-speed trains connect the city with the seaside town via a direct route from either London Victoria or London St Pancras International, with the St. Pancras International services running on the HS1 high-speed line at up to 140mph on Southeastern’s Javelin trains. Depending on the time of travel and the departure station, the train takes between 90 minutes to 2 hours. Once you leave the station you will be just a few metres away from the beach and the sea.

What to do when you get there?

In the summer, Margate’s Main Sands beach is a popular sandy beach with a tidal pool, children’s rides and seaside amusements. Independent shops, restaurants and cafes line the seafront and streets in the old town which makes Margate the perfect place for a stroll on a sunny afternoon or a family day out.

Just fifteen-minutes along the beachfront is the famous Turner Contemporary art gallery. Margate's contemporary art gallery opened in 2011 to commemorate the connection famous British painter J.M.W. Turner had with the town. You can find a wide array of temporary exhibitions by household names like Duchamp, Hockney and Rodin plus regular events. The gallery is one of Margate's most popular attractions and has contributed to the towns reputation as a hip and trendy destination. Several museums such as the Tudor House, the Shell Grotto and the Margate Museum are also located within walking distance from the station and make a great attraction for a family day out.

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