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Stagecoach Express - route M2

Our brand new Stagecoach Express service runs from the historic city of Canterbury, through the bustling Chatham Waterfront, before reaching the bright lights of London, finishing at North Greenwich Underground Station.

Buy tickets onboard, or to guarantee a seat,   pre-book now on

Click  here to view the full timetable   or see more about tickets in the 'How much does it cost?' section below. 


You may have heard that Highways England intend to push ahead with the closure of the M2 motorway on Sunday 21 July.

We hugely regret that because of this we won’t be able run the Stagecoach Express service to and from Canterbury on Sunday 21 July. The Medway to North Greenwich section of the route will run as scheduled. For further details click here


Special summer offer - kids travel for £1!

If you have an adult, student, concession or Megabus ticket and you're travelling with kids, you can buy a ‘kid for a quid’ £1 add-on ticket. This allows you to travel with one child (aged 5 to 15) for one day. The ‘kid for a quid’ add-on ticket is available anytime, any day.  You can buy it on the coach and pay with cash or contactless. You can buy up to a maximum of two 'kid for a quid' tickets. Children must be accompanied by the adult ticket holder at all times when travelling.


Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the Stagecoach Express, route M2 service. 

For more information on a specific journey, select a journey option below:

Canterbury to London

Medway (Gillingham, Chatham) to London

Canterbury to Medway  (Gillingham, Chatham)


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Why board the Express?

The Stagecoach Express, route M2 connects some of the region's most famous, historic and vibrant destinations with one direct, affordable route.

Linking the UNESCO World Heritage Sites at North Greenwich and Canterbury, with access to University sites   at Chatham and Canterbury, the Express has something for everyone - whether you’re a commuter, a tourist or a student.

The coach itself is kitted out with everything you could need for a comfortable ride, from free WiFi to power sockets and air conditioning.

And you can enjoy your journey knowing that you’ve got yourself a good deal - travel between Canterbury and London from just £7.50!*

We’re committed to making our coaches accessible to all passengers and the Express features a dedicated wheelchair space, which can be pre-booked. If you have a question about our Stagecoach Express service, you're likely to find the answer over on our FAQs page. Or feel free to contact the   Stagecoach team    - we're happy to help! 


Main services

Canterbury to London

Fancy a day out in North Greenwich? Or want to explore the world heritage-listed Canterbury Cathedral? The Canterbury to London route connects these two fascinating cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in just over two hours. 

Medway (Gillingham, Chatham) to London

Students and residents of Chatham can reach London in little over an hour, with coaches running throughout the day.

Canterbury to Medway  (Gillingham, Chatham)

Students and staff at Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent can easily and cheaply transfer between the Canterbury and Chatham campuses, taking just over an hour. Whether you wander the streets which inspired Charles Dickens, or visit one of the many family attractions, Medway makes for a great day out. Our direct service between Canterbury and Medway makes exploring this exciting area even easier.

Stagecoach express route map updatedHow much does it cost?

Our quick and convenient route offers a comfortable ride for a great price. Whether you’re using the service to get to work, or as a one-off to explore a new city, you can be confident that you’re getting a good deal. 

To guarantee a seat  you can pre-book at You'll need to book each individual journey you want to make, so for a return you'll need to choose your outbound and return journeys. At a return trip will cost the same as two single journeys.  The table below shows you how much your journey will cost.

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 Journey Single ticket at   Return ticket at
Canterbury to London £7.50* - plus £1 booking fee   £15* - plus £1 booking fee
Medway (Gillingham, Chatham) to London 

£6.00* - plus £1 booking fee 

 £12* - plus £1 booking fee
Canterbury to Medway (Gillingham, Chatham) £5.00* - plus £1 booking fee 
 £10* - plus £1 booking fee
It's always cheaper to buy your ticket at** but if you don't want to pre-book you can turn up and pay on the coach on the day. Both single and return tickets are available to buy on the coach. If you buy a return ticket on the coach you can make the return journey at an off-peak time on the following day.


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Journey Single ticket on the coach

 Return ticket on the coach

Canterbury to London £10.00*  £17.00*
Medway (Gillingham, Chatham) to London


Canterbury to Medway (Gillingham, Chatham) £7.00* £12.00*

  *fares are higher on peak journeys, peak journeys are the 04:55, 05:55 and 06:45 departures from Canterbury.

** unless you hold a valid concessionary bus pass, in which case you can buy your ticket on the coach for a discount at off-peak times.

Concessionary pass holders and students with a NUS card can show the driver their pass to get a discount when buying a ticket on the coach, for off-peak journeys only.


Things to do: North Greenwich

The O2:   The O2 is the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue. In addition to the arena, The O2 is also home to indigo at The O2, a live performance space; Up at The O2, a guided walk across the tented roof; ICON Outlet, London’s new premium outlet shopping destination; a vast multi-screen Cineworld complex; the 12-lane boutique Hollywood Bowl; an Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park; The Avenue, which features 26 bars and restaurants and ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’, an immersive theatrical and dining experience opening in summer 2019.

The Emirates Air Line Experience: In North Greenwich, you can find the only cable car in London. Onboard, you’ll take in stunning views whilst ‘flying’ over the River Thames.


Things to do: Medway

Chatham Dockyard: Marvel at the fascinating story of Chatham dockyard, with interactive exhibits revealing secrets from over 400 years of history.

Dockside Shopping Outlet:   The home of value shopping. With up to 60% off every day items you'll find great savings on all your favourite homeware, fashion and food offerings! Next to the Outlet are a variety of restaurants including Pizza Hut and Nando's, plus there's an Odeon cinema for those film fanatics.

Fort Amherst: Enjoy over 300 years of military history at Britain’s largest Napoleonic Fortress with an amazing network of underground passageways, historic buildings and gun emplacements all set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland (open daily free of charge).

Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre:  Shop at over 50 stores including Sainsbury's, M&S, Argos, Boots and Pandora or dine at one of the restaurants - Nando's, Frankie & Benny's and Bella Italia.









Things to do: Greenwich

For National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, Cutty Sark, Old Royal Naval College, Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, The Chapel at St Peter and St Paul, Greenwich Park, Greenwich Market and St Alfege Church – hop off the coach at North Greenwich Station and jump on MBNA Thames Clippers to get to Greenwich - it’s only about 10 minutes on the boat.

Things to do: Canterbury 

Canterbury Cathedral: One of the most important Christian buildings in England, and holding prestigious World Heritage status, Canterbury Cathedral impresses all those lucky enough to visit.

Shopping in Canterbury: Boasting an exciting mix of independent stores and high street brands, Canterbury is a haven for shopaholics.

Canterbury Roman Museum:  The Romans lived in Canterbury for over 300 years and you can learn all about this interesting period at Kent’s only Roman museum. Discover fascinating artefacts and remains, and learn what life was like all those years ago.

Canterbury Tales:   Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is one of the most famous works in the history of the English language and you can experience the story at this fantastic visitor attraction. Walk along recreated streets and learn all about Medieval England.