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Travel between Canterbury and Medway 

The Stagecoach Express connects Canterbury with Medway and Chatham, with the journey taking a little over an hour. Students and staff at Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent can easily and cheaply transfer between the two, enjoying free Wi-Fi, power sockets and air-conditioning along the way.

The Stagecoach Express runs from the early hours to late at night, so you can make the journey whenever suits you - whether it's for a daily commute to lectures or a day trip to see friends. With a link to the Jubilee line, it's also great for your journey into central London.

Journey Information

Fares from: £5 single on

Peak journey time: 1 hour 12 minutes

Off-peak journey time: 1 hour 9 minutes

Timetable: There are 15 departures per day on Mondays to Fridays. At weekends (and bank holidays) there are 14 departures per day. Click here to view the full timetable. 

Distance: 35 miles

Bus operators: Stagecoach

Destinations: Canterbury Bus Station, Bay D5 / Hempsted Valley Shopping Centre, Stop C / Rainham Mark (Eastcourt Lane) / Chatham Waterfront, Bus Station Stop C14 and Chatham Maritime (St George's Centre). 


There’s no comparison between our Stagecoach Express service and off-peak rail fares - we’re cheaper every time. Our comfortable, direct coaches connect cities at an affordable price. 


How can I buy a ticket?

You can either book in advance (to guarantee a seat) at or just pay the driver on board the Stagecoach Express. Contactless payments, Apple Pay and Google Pay are all accepted on our coaches. 

Discounts are available for students with ID and concessionary pass holders when purchasing a ticket on board the coach. 

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Single ticket at

Return ticket at

Canterbury to Medway/Chatham

 £5.00 - plus £1 booking fee  £10.00 - plus £1 booking fee


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Single ticket on the coach

Return ticket on the coach

Canterbury to Medway/Chatham

£7.00 £12.00


Why board the Express?

  • Free WiFi
  • Contactless payments
  • Power Sockets
  • Air Conditioning
  • Disabled Access




How long does it take to travel from Canterbury to Chatham with Stagecoach Express?

It takes, on average, about 1 hour and 9 minutes during off-peak and slightly longer at peak times. 

Is this a direct service from Canterbury to Medway / Chatham?

Yes, this is a direct service. 

What is the distance between Canterbury and Chatham?

The distance between Canterbury and Chatham Waterfront is 35 miles.

What time is the first coach from Canterbury to Chatham?

The first coach from Canterbury departs at 04:55.


What time is the first coach from Chatham to Canterbury?

The first coach Chatham departs at 07:35. 

What time is the last coach from Canterbury to Chatham?

The last coach from Canterbury departs at 21:05.


What time is the last coach from Chatham to Canterbury?

The last coach from Chatham departs at 23:50. 

If you have a question, either about Stagecoach or our Stagecoach 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.