Rutland Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Rutland 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 Rutland provide services to local areas across the compact county, with a number of routes covering the county town of Oakham, Uppingham, Essendine and Caldecott in Rutland and linking to nearby, Melton Mowbray, Peterborough, Market Harborough and Leicester.

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

Trains in Rutland serve a number of routes to local areas. There is currently one railway station in Rutland at Oakham offering local and regional services. Oakham Station has services to Stamford in nearby Lincolnshire, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Birmingham New Street, Peterborough, Ely, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

London to Oakham can be done from London Kings Cross station to Peterborough and Peterborough to Oakham, the average journey time is 1 hour 35 minutes. Alternatively there are services from London St Pancreas International station to Leicester and Leicester to Oakham with a journey time of 1 hour 50 minutes.

Train services are provided by East Midland Trains and Cross Country

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 Rutland 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.

Rutland is connected to the road network via the A1 and A47. London to Oakham by car via the A1(M), A1 and A606 is a drive of approx 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A6003 and A6121.

Drivers should be aware there are some winding and narrow roads in Rutland being mainly a rural county.

Parking in Oakham town centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in and around the town centre include Brooke Road, Burley road, Church Street, South Street and Westgate.

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 95 miles from Oakham, there are regular ferry services between Hull and Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. From Hull it is approx 2 hours 15 minutes by car to Oakham via the A15 and A1. Ferry services are provided by P & O Ferries

Rutland is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Stamford in Lincolnshire located 10 miles from Oakham. From London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Stamford is approx 3 hours 10 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes hours depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are regular train and bus services from Stamford to Oakham in Rutland with a journey time of 20 minutes for train and 30-35 minutes by bus. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Megabus has services from London Victoria coach station to Leicester with a journey time of approx 2 hours 30 minutes. From Leicester there are buses available to Oakham.

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

East Midlands Airport is located approx 35 miles from Oakham offering good access to the Rutland region. The airport has domestic and international flights.

Birmingham Airport is located 60 miles from Oakham via the M6, M69, A5460, A47 and B6047.

For more information on public transport in Rutland including information on public transport facilities please see: Rutland Transport from Rutland County Council

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