Staffordshire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Staffordshire 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.

Buses
Local bus services are provided by Arriva Midlands there are routes across Stafford and the Staffordshire countryside available. There are a number of routes all over Stafford and local towns in the county including Lichfield and Cannock and further out into neighbouring areas such as Telford and Wolverhampton. Buses provide a good way for visitors to get around with services close to many tourist attractions and places of interest.

Trains
Trains in Staffordshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services including services to Bristol, Manchester, London and Liverpool. Train services are provided by London Midland. There are regular services to Stafford railway station from London Easton station, the approx journey time from London is approx one hour 15 minutes, train services are provided by Virgin Trains

Stafford station is on the West Coast Main line route and is an interchange station offering services to Crewe, Wolverhampton, Cheltenham, Coventry, Oxford and Bournemouth.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries


Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport in London 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.


Car
There are a number of car hire firms in Stafford 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.

Staffordshire is connected to the motorway network making it relatively easy for motorists to get to the city from all major routes. The M1, M6, M54 and M42 are all located close by offering good road connections in and out of Staffordshire.

Parking in Stafford is provided by both short stay and long stay car parks, short stay car parks are located at the Civic Centre and Stafford Leisure Centre whilst long stay car parks are located at Castle Hill, Doxey Road and Lammascote Gyratory among others.

Drivers should note there are bus lanes in Stafford that cars are prohibited from going on with the strict enforcement of fines. There are also driving restrictions in and around the city centre.

Coach
Staffordshire is accessible by coach with coach services from a number of UK towns and cities including from London where there are regular coach services to Oxford several times every hour. National Express offer coach services from London Victoria to Stafford.

Air
Birmingham Airport is located approx 35 miles from Stafford, with a journey time of 45 to 50 minutes by car. Both Manchester Airport and East Midlands airport are located within 50 miles of Stafford with journey times of approx one hour to one hour 15 minutes.

For more information on public transport in Staffordshire including information on public transport and parking please see: Staffordshire Transport & Highways Information from Staffordshire County Council.




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