Worcestershire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Worcestershire 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 Worcestershire provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the city of Worcester and a number of other towns and villages in the county including Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Droitwich, Redditch, Evesham, Stourport, Broadheath, Great Witley and Ombersley.

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

Trains in Worcestershire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Worcester Foregate Street Station has services to London Paddington with a journey time of 2 hours 35 minutes. There are local services to Evesham, Droitwich Spa, Bromsgrove, Malvern Link, Great Malvern and further to Birmingham New Street and Bristol Temple Meads.

Worcester’s other railway station is Worcester Shrub Hill that has services to London Paddington with a journey time of 1 hour 30 minutes, there are also services to Gloucester, Hereford, Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham Moor Street.

Train services are provided by London Midland and First Great Western

Other railway stations in Worcestershire include Redditch, Kidderminster, Hartlebury, Droitwich Spa, Blakedown and Bromsgrove.

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 Worcestershire 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.

Worcestershire is connected to the road network via the M40 and M42. London to Warwick by car via the M40 and A429 is a drive of approx 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A46, A423 and A4177.

Parking in Worcester city centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in and around the city centre include Clare Street, Newport Street, Silver Street, Tallow Hill, Croft Road, King Street and Tybridge Street.

There are Park & Ride schemes in operation in Worcester at various sites including Perdiswell and Sixways park and ride sites. From the sites there are buses available to take visitors to and from Worcester city centre. For more information please see: Worcester 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.

Worcestershire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Worcestershire from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Worcester is 4 hours depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Great Malvern, Evesham and Droitwich. Coach services are provided by National Express.

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

Birmingham Airport is located a 45 minute drive (35 miles) from Worcester via the M42 and M5. The airport has domestic and international flights.

East Midlands Airport is located 70 miles from Worcester with a journey time of 1 hour 30 minutes.

For more information on transport in Worcestershire including information on public transport and timetables please see: Traveline West Midlands

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