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 Western Railway travels to Surrey from Waterloo Station. Getting to Brighton can take as little as one hour, Canterbury about 1½ hours, and Dover around two hours. A Network Railcard costing £30, valid throughout the Southeast for a year, entitles you and three companions to one-third off many off-peak rail fares.
National Rail Enquiries. 03457/484950; www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Network Railcard. 0345/300–0250; www.network-railcard.co.uk.