Getting to and around Norfolk

By Jess Shanahan

Travel to and around Norfolk with ease with a number of different options.

Getting here

By air

Norwich Airport is located just four miles from the city centre with easy transport links via a regular bus service. In addition the airport offers access to an on site taxi company (Norwich Airport Taxi Association) which ensures a prompt reliable service when arriving at the airport. Direct flights are currently available to Norwich from: Aberdeen, Alicante, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Malaga and Manchester. In addition, flights from Guernsey and Jersey operate direct to Norwich during the summer months (May-Sept). Flights are also available into Norwich from many other destinations within the UK, Europe and beyond by connecting through Amsterdam, Edinburgh or Manchester. There is a direct coach link from all the main London airports to Norwich, or the train from London Liverpool Street takes under two hours.

By road

Norwich is only 110 miles north of London and is easily accessible by road from major ports and airports.

• London 110 miles – 189km
• Birmingham 160 miles – 257km
• York 180 miles – 293km
• Felixstowe 58 miles – 94km
• Dover 179 miles – 287km

Car hire

Most large car hire firms have offices in Norwich. Contact a local Tourist Information Centre for details.

Norfolk is easily accessible by road from major ports and airports

By coach

National Express coaches operate services all over the UK and even to and from the continent (Eurolines) from Norwich. Megabus offers a more limited service to Norwich.

By train
Let the train take the strain and travel quickly and in comfort. Norwich Station is located in the heart of the city and with connecting routes stopping at many of the beautiful towns and villages around, it’s easy and convenient. Norwich and Diss are on the main line to London with frequent direct services taking 1 hour 45 mins or less from London Liverpool Street on Abellio Greater Anglia. Services via Cambridge travel into London King’s Cross on Abellio Greater Anglia/First Capital Connect.

By water

Norwich is only 20 miles from the nearest coast, facing the North Sea. The ports of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft both welcome small craft. The marina at Lowestoft is particularly popular with visitors from the continent, and sailors navigating around the coast of the UK. From the port you can travel upriver on the scenic and unspoilt Broads, the only wetland National Park in the UK, to Norwich Yacht Station in the heart of the city, to explore the area. Car and passenger ferries operate between the Hook of Holland and Harwich, and Esberg and Harwich. Harwich is 73 miles from Norwich.

Norwich Station is located in the heart of the city and with connecting routes stopping at many of the beautiful towns and villages around, it’s easy and convenient

Getting around

By bus

Hop on a bus to take you around the countryside or city. There are a number of bus companies operating in the area, many offer day passes or group discounts. The Coasthopper is a bus which makes an enjoyable route around the coast of Norfolk and connects with other bus and train routes to take you to attractions on the coast.

On foot

With its haphazard medieval street pattern, cobbled streets and network of alleyways and lanes, the best way to explore Norwich is on foot. Look out for the distinctive street signs helping you to navigate your way to main attractions and points of interest.

Fen Rivers Way, King's Lynn

Fen Rivers Way, King’s Lynn

By train

Norwich has fast links to London and the south and across to Cambridge, Peterborough and the north. Smaller local lines link Norwich with the coast, travelling through the wetlands of the Norfolk Broads and the spectacular countryside of North Norfolk.
Bittern Line: Running between Norwich, Wroxham, Cromer and Sheringham, the line takes its name from the rare broadland bird whose booming cry used to be heard at dusk.
Wherry Lines: Linking Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Norwich and Lowestoft, the train lines follow the rivers along which the Wherries sailed, transporting cargo from the coastal ports to Norwich. The line takes in the wide open spaces of the Broads wetlands, with its grazing marshes and many windpumps.

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