Shropshire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Shropshire 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 Shropshire provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the towns of Shrewsbury, Telford and a number of other towns and villages in the county including Bayston Hill, Shawbury, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Newport, Wem and Ludlow.

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

Trains in Shropshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Shrewsbury Station has services to Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Holyhead, Cardiff Central, Milford Haven, Crewe and Stockport.

There are currently no direct trains between London and Shropshire major towns of Shrewsbury and Telford. London Euston to Shrewsbury station is a journey of approx 2 hours 50 minutes with changes at Crewe or Birmingham New Street.

Train services are provided by London Midland and Arriva Trains Wales

Other railway stations in Shropshire include Telford Central, Broome, Albrighton, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Cosford and Bucknell.

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 Shropshire 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.

Shropshire is connected to the road network via the M54 and A49. London to Shrewsbury by car via the M1, M6, M54 and A5 is a drive of approx 3 to 4 hours depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A458, A5 and A53.

Parking in Shrewsbury 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 St Julian’s Friars, Old Coleham, Abbey Foregate, Baker Street and Bridge Street.

There are Park & Ride schemes in operation in Shrewsbury at various sites including Oxon, Meole Brace and Harlescott where drivers can park in designated areas in the outskirts of the city centre and get a bus in to Shrewsbury town centre. There is also a park and ride scheme in operation in Ludlow in Shropshire. For more information please see: Shrewsbury Park & Ride

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.

There are services between Liverpool (from Birkenhead) and Belfast; services are operated by Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries.

There are services between the Isle of Man and Liverpool & Birkenhead operated by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Liverpool is located 65 miles from Shrewsbury, with a journey time of 90 minutes via the M53, A41 and A49.

Shropshire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Shropshire from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Shrewsbury is 4 hours 30 minutes depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Telford, Oswestry, Ford and Nesscliffe in Shropshire. Coach services are provided by National Express.

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

Birmingham Airport is located a 1 hour drive (55 miles) from Shrewsbury via the M54 and M6. The airport has domestic and international flights.

Both Liverpool and Manchester Airports are located approx 65 miles from Shrewsbury with a journey time of 90 minutes.

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

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