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Getting to Canterbury Cathedral

Just five minutes’ walk from Canterbury Bus Station, Canterbury Cathedral is a World Heritage Site and Mother Church of the Anglican Communion. As the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the cathedral dates back to the 11th Century, and is a prominent feature in British history. Today, the cathedral hosts regular church services, as well as historic exhibitions, summer parties and much more.

Where is Canterbury Cathedral?

Canterbury Cathedral is located in Canterbury, Kent. Its official address is Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH.

How to get to Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is accessible from Canterbury bus station where Stagecoach Express journeys start or finish. 

Each of our South East Express routes terminates at Canterbury Bus Station, which is just five minutes’ walk from the cathedral.

Why use the coach?

Our South East Express routes provide a considerably cheaper alternative to off-peak rail travel. Terminating just five minutes’ walk from the cathedral, our routes are direct from multiple destinations. We also offer 1/3 off our ticket prices if you’re under 25, over 60, or hold a concessionary pass.

We guarantee convenience, from the point of booking to the day you travel. You can book in advance at or you can pay on-board. All of our routes accept contactless payments, including Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Every route provides optimum comfort, with disabled seating available when booked in advance. We offer air conditioning on all our coaches, plus free WiFi, plug sockets and USB ports.

What’s on at Canterbury Cathedral
Plants and Print-Making

Local artists and the cathedral’s on-site gardener will take you through the history of Canterbury Cathedral this summer, including a chance to try your hand at print-making.

Cathedral Archives and Library Tour with Afternoon Tea

Explore the cathedral’s rich collection of printed books with this behind-the-scenes archives tour, but not before tucking in to an afternoon tea at the cathedral restaurant.

Stained Glass Studio Tour

This September, learn about the cathedral’s centuries-old collection of stained glass with expert conservators who restore old glass and create new designs. 

Where is the nearest bus stop?

All of our Canterbury routes terminate and depart from Canterbury Bus Station (bay D5). 15 coaches operate on Mondays to Fridays, and 14 on weekends.

How long does it take to get to Canterbury Cathedral with Stagecoach?

On average, the Medway to Canterbury route takes 50 minutes, while the Chatham route takes 1 hour 9 minutes, and the London route 2 hours 19 minutes. 

Is there a direct service to Canterbury Cathedral?

Yes, all of our routes go directly to Canterbury Bus Station. You will not have to change.

What time is the first bus to Canterbury Cathedral?

The first coach from Hempsted Valley leaves at 08:11. The first coach from Chatham Waterfront departs at 07:35. The first coach from North Greenwich station departs at 08:15.

What time is the last bus to Canterbury Cathedral?

The last coach from Hempsted Valley is 00:20am. The last coach from Chatham Waterfront departs at 23:59. The last coach from North Greenwich station departs at 23:10.

If you have a question, either about Stagecoach or our South East Express service in particular, you're likely to find the answer over on our FAQs page. However, if you can't find what you need our friendly team are always on hand to help - feel free to contact the Stagecoach team if you need assistance prior, during or after your journey.