Northamptonshire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Northamptonshire 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 Northamptonshire provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the town of Northampton, Corby, Daventry, Kettering and Wellingborough. Using buses to travel across towns in Northamptonshire offers a cost effective transport option for visitors.

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

Trains in Northamptonshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Northampton Station has services to London Euston station with a journey time of 1 hour 5 minutes. There are services to Hemel Hempstead, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes, Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International.

Train services are provided by London Midland and Virgin Trains

Other railway stations in Northamptonshire include Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, King’s Sutton and Long Buckby.

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 Northamptonshire 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.

Northamptonshire is connected to the road network via the M1, M45 and A428. London to Northampton by car via the M1 is a drive of approx 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A6, A605, A14 and A508.

Parking in Northampton town centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in and around Northampton town centre car parks at St Peters Way, Albion Place, Ridings, Wellington Street, Newlands, Melbourne Street and St Johns multi storey and St Micheals multi storey.

For more information please see: Northampton 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.

Northamptonshire provides cyclists with plenty of countryside to explore with quiet country lanes and rolling countryside making Northamptonshire a cycle friendly destination location. Cycling around the county offers a cost effective and healthy way of seeing a range of attractions up close. Cycle routes in and around Northamptonshire vary from short to longer including the Norbital circular route around Northampton. There are a number of cycle routes that cover the county, for more information please see: Northamptonshire Cycling

Northamptonshire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Northamptonshire from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Northampton is approx 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby. Coach services are provided by National Express.

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

London Luton Airport is located 40 miles from Northampton offering good access to the Northamptonshire region. The airport has domestic and international flights.

Birmingham Airport is located a 1 hour (45 miles) drive from Northampton via the M6 and M1.

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

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