Norfolk Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Norfolk 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 Norfolk provide services to local areas including market towns across the county, with a number of routes covering the City of Norwich and local towns including Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Diss and Thetford.

Details of local bus services and further information can be found at Norfolk Buses

Trains in Norfolk serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Norwich 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 Greater Anglia and East Midland Trains

Other railway stations in Norfolk include Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Thetford, Diss and Wymondham.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport 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 Norfolk 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.

Norfolk is connected to the road network via the A140 and A11, there are currently no motorways in the county. London to Norwich 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 Norfolk include the A47, A140, A1065, A146 and A48.

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.

Norfolk’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. Harwich to Norwich via the A140 is a car journey is approx 75 miles. Harwich International Port also has a train station where there are services towards Norwich.

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.

Norfolk is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Norfolk 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 Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and Thetford. 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 Norfolk 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 Norwich and London Stansted airports are conveniently located for good access to the East Anglia region.

For more information on public transport in Norfolk including information on public transport and timetables please see: Norfolk Transport from Norfolk County Council

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