London to Margate by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $14.26
  2. 30 day advance $14.26
  3. 7 day advance $39.82
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 25m
  • Distance
    104 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    1hr 46m
  • Train operators

Travelling from London to Margate by train

Fast trains from London to Margate take around 1 hour and 25 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 104 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Margate.

1. Are there direct trains from London to Margate?

Direct trains from London to Margate have been found.

We usually find around 57 direct trains on the route from London to Margate every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 52 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from London to Margate?

The London to Margate train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 25 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the London to Margate train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Margate is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:22 and the last train is around 00:10. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:37, and the last at 00:10.

What's the London to Margate train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Margate are $14.26.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $14 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $39. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book London to Margate train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Margate by train.

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Which train companies operate between London and Margate?

Southeastern is the train company that operates on the route from London to Margate.

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Margate to London by train

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Javelin high-speed train

It is very easy to travel by train from London to Margate, the Kent coastal town is a good choice for a day trip from London. There are direct high-speed routes from London St Pancras to Margate, one via Chatham and the other via Canterbury. The latter is faster, so that’s the journey we describe here.

Bear in mind that a return is usually cheaper than two singles. Indeed for a day trip from London to Margate and back you can – if you stick to off-peak trains – get a return ticket for the same price as a single.

Alternatively, there is also a slightly slower route from London Victoria to Margate.

London to Margate

Take time to explore the beautifully restored station at London St Pancras before joining the train. The direct high-speed Javelin trains on this route travel east through Essex, diving under the Thames to reach Kent. After speeding over the Medway Viaduct, the route then tunnels through the North Downs. Enjoy glorious Kentish scenery on the second half of the journey. Trains on this line usually make five or six intermediate stops between London and Margate. Sit on the right side of the train for good views of Canterbury Cathedral and the Stour Valley wetlands downstream from Canterbury.

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Child and youth passengers

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