East Anglia Travel & Transport

The transport system in the East Anglia region offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire, coaches and ferries.

Local bus services in East Anglia provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the City of Norwich and local towns including Lowestoft, Peterborough, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich, Stowmarket and Beccles.

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at First Group Buses

Trains in East Anglia serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. East Anglia Station is on the Great Eastern Main Line route and has services to London Liverpool Street station with a journey time of approx 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours. There are local services to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth and further to Manchester Piccadilly, Cambridge and Nottingham.

Train services are provided by several train operators including C2C Trains and Cross Country Trains and London Midland

Other railway stations in East Anglia include Cambridge, Chelmsford, Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Great Yarmouth, Harwich, Ely, Southend, Peterborough and Stansted Airport.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport in London go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in East Anglia that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

East Anglia is connected to the road network via the M11, A12 and A140. London to East Anglia by car via the A11, A12, M11 and A11 is a drive of approx 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic. Other major roads around the region include the A10, A14, A140, A143 and A47.

Parking in Norwich city centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in Norwich city centre include Castle Mall, Rose Lane, Chapelfield, Riverside and St Andrew’s car parks.

For more information please see: Norwich Parking

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the city and town centres. It is recommended visitors ensure they fully understand the local parking rules before parking and help avoid unnecessary fines and worry.

East Anglia’s location includes the East of England coastline making it convenient to use ferries to get to the county. DFDS Seaways offers services from Denmark to Harwich port in Essex.

The south coast ports of Dover and Folkestone can both be used to get to the region from the European mainland, from Dover by car the route is via the M230, M25, A12 or M11.

East Anglia is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to East Anglia from London Victoria coach station, the journey time from London to Norwich is between 3 hours and 3 hours 25 minutes depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Ipswich, Lowestoft, Peterborough, Great Yarmouth and Cambridge. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Megabus provides services from London Victoria Coach Station to Norwich, the approx journey time is between 3 hours and 3 hours 20 minutes depending on the service, time of day and traffic.

Whilst travelling by coach to East Anglia is usually more time consuming than using rail and road, it is usually more cost effective.

Norwich Airport is located 10 minutes from Norwich city centre, the airport caters for a number of local and European flights.

London Stansted Airport is located 85 miles south west of Norwich. Both airports are conveniently located for good access to the East Anglia region.

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