Trains are the fastest and most efficient way to travel to major cities in the region, but they don't stop in many small towns. From London, Southeastern trains serve Sussex and Kent from Victoria and Charing Cross stations, and South West trains travel to Surrey from Waterloo Station. Getting to Brighton takes about 1 hour, to Canterbury about 1½ hours, and to Dover between 1½ and 2 hours. A Network Railcard costing £30, valid throughout the southern and southeastern regions for a year, entitles you and three companions to one-third off many off-peak fares.
National Rail Enquiries. 0845/748–4950; www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Network Railcard. 0345/300–0250; www.railcard.co.uk.