Lincolnshire Travel & Transport

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

Local bus services in Lincolnshire provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the City of Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, Spalding and Skegness.

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at Lincolnshire Bus

Trains in Lincolnshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Lincoln Central Station has services to London St Pancreas with a journey time of 3 hours. There are services available from Lincoln Central to Newark North Gate station in Nottinghamshire and onwards to London King’s Cross station; the journey time is approx 2 hours 15 minutes. There are services to Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Sheffield, Grimsby Town, Cleethorpes and Peterborough.

Train services are provided by a number of train operators including East Midland Trains and Northern Rail and East Coast

Other railway stations in Lincolnshire include Grantham, Boston, Skegness, Spalding Cleethorpes, Grimsby Town, Grimsby Docks and Scunthorpe.

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 Lincolnshire 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.

Lincolnshire is connected to the road network via the A1 and A15. London to Leicester by car via the A1(M), A1 and A46 is a drive of approx 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A16, A18, A46 and A52.

Parking in Lincoln city centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in Lincoln city centre include St Paul’s Lane, County Hall, Castle Hill, Rosemary Lane and Broadgate.

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.

The port of Hull is located less than 50 miles from Lincoln, there are regular ferry services between Hull and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. From Hull it is approx 1 hour 15 minutes by car to Lincoln. Ferry services are provided by P & O Ferries

Lincolnshire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Lincolnshire from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Lincoln is approx 4 hours 35 minutes to 5 hours depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Skegness, Cleethorpes, Grantham, Spalding and Boston. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Megabus has services from London St Pancreas Station to Scunthorpe with a combination of both bus and train travel with journey time of approx 3 hours 45 minutes.

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

East Midlands Airport is located approx 50 miles from Lincoln offering good access to the Lincolnshire region. The airport has domestic and international flights.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (Robin Hood) is located 1 hour drive from Lincoln via the A156 and A631.

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

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