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Getting to Canterbury Tales

Based on the world famous works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Kent’s Canterbury Tales attraction takes visitors through five tales of love, life and death, as told by costumed actors. The pilgrimage explores Canterbury’s historic literary connections, culminating in a visit to the Thomas Becket shrine.

Where is Canterbury Tales?

Canterbury Tales is based in Canterbury, Kent. Its official address is St Margaret's St, Canterbury CT1 2TG.

How to get to Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales is accessible from Canterbury bus station where Stagecoach Express journeys start and finish. 

Why use the coach?

We offer significantly lower fares to Canterbury than off-peak rail tickets, with 1/3 off for the under 25s, over 60s and those who hold a concessionary pass.

There is no need to worry about endless tickets. Simply book online at, or pay on-board. Every route accepts contactless payments, including Apple Pay and Google Pay.

You can capture every part of your journey with Stagecoach – every bus has free Wi-Fi and USB ports. There are also plug points for larger devices. Every bus has air conditioning, and accessible seating can be booked in advance.


What’s on at Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Ales

This September, indulge in the sights, tastes and smells of medieval ales, taking you through the story of Canterbury’s brewing history.

Medieval Story Garden

The school holidays are coming to life with the Medieval Story Garden, featuring live action battle displays. Adults and children alike can practice their jousting and sword skills.


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 Tales 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 takes 2 hours 19 minutes. 

Is there a direct service to Canterbury Tales?

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 Tales?

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 Tales?

The last coach from Hempsted Valley leaves at 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.