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travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

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travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

My daughter graduates in Canterbury Cathedral in January. We are travelling from Edinburgh pondering all possibilities. Possible flights to Stansted then onwards. Can anyone advise on best and quickest mode of transport?

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1. Re: travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

Until the end of March, Flybe has flights from Edinburgh to Manston, which is the nearest airport to Canterbury. However there is next-to-no onward transport from Manston except a taxi either direct to Canterbury or to the nearest train station at Ramsgate followed by 20 min train to Canterbury

Otherwise from Stansted if get the Stansted Express followed by the tube then you can make your way to London St Pancras from where there are trains to Canterbury West which take 1 hr.

Edited: 28 December 2011, 21:48
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2. Re: travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

Access to Canterbury is poor from all London airports - you have to go into the centre of London, change at least once and come out again

You can get a coach from Victoria Coach Station or trains from St Pancras, Victoria or London Bridge.

I'd seriously suggest hiring a car at whatever airport you land up at.

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3. Re: travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

Thank you for prompt response. Almost sure about flight to Stansted, after that I'll have to will investigate further.

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4. Re: travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

In that case, I'd suggest as the quickest and also most straightforward way by public transport would be to take the Stansted Express to Tottenham Hale then the Victoria Line tube to Kings Cross St Pancras to pick up the fast train from St Pancras to Canterbury West

Trains from Victoria to Canterbury East or London Bridge to Canterbury West are cheaper but take at least 30 mins longer.

National Express coach via Victoria is an option, but not if you want the quickest route

The London-Canterbury train operator is Southeastern http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/

Use http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ for an overview of the whole journey

Hope you have a great time - it's a wonderful setting for a graduation ceremony

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5. Re: travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

Or train from Edinburgh to Kings Cross, and there pick up the Southeastern "Javelin" train to Canterbury?

Edited: 28 December 2011, 23:18
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6. Re: travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

Many congratulations to you and your daughter.

You can get 1/3 off the train fare if you buy a railcard

eastcoast.co.uk/special-offers/…

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7. Re: travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

Ahhh memories! We attended our daughter's graduation in Canterbury Cathedral some years ago, it is such a special place for a special ceremony.

Very many congratuations and well done to your daughter.

I agree with others that the train is your best bet but if you do decide to hire a car then I would not recommend trying to drive or park in the city centre. It is better and cheaper to use the Park & Ride buses. There are three Park & Ride routes, Wincheap, Sturry Road and New Dover Road.

www.canterbury.gov.uk/main.cfm?objectid=538

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8. Re: travelling to canterbury cathedral for graduation ceremony

As others have suggested, a train all the way from Edinburgh to Canterbury may be easier.

When you arrive at Kings Cross, you just have to walk across the road to St Pancras, from where you can pick up a fast train to Canterbury. This will avoid having to travel to and from an airport, or getting on the London Underground, and may even be quicker overall once you factor in airport check in times.

Have a look at www.eastcoast.co.uk to see if they have any cheap advance purchase fares. If they do, it may be better to buy separate tickets from Edinburgh to London and London to Canterbury.

If you are just intending to go for a day, you could also consider the Sleeper train from Edinburgh to London Euston. Euston is slightly further away from St Pancras. (about 10 minutes to walk), but there are plenty of buses if you don't want to walk.

Whilst fares on the Sleeper are generally more expensive, you would save on hotel accommodation.

See www.firstscotrail.com for details on the Sleeper.

Edited: 29 December 2011, 06:29
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