Travel in and around Norfolk

There are good transport links to the county of Norfolk and once you arrive, there are a variety of ways to get around and explore the area. The gentle landscape of the county means it is ideal for cycling and walking and there are also great facilities and routes for horseriding.

By train: Greater Anglia operates half hourly services from London Liverpool Street to Norwich and the average journey time is just 2 hours. Local connecting services are available to Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Sheringham, Ely and Cambridge. Services from Harwich to Norwich are also available with a connection.

It also takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes to travel from London King's Cross to King's Lynn and this is served by First Capital Connect.

If you're coming to Norfolk from the Midlands, the North and Scotland, simply change at Peterborough. East Midlands Trains operates hourly services between Peterborough and Norwich.

National and local rail information is available from National Rail Enquiries on 0845 6007245.

You can book tickets online via National Express East Anglia, My Train Ticket or The Train Line.

If you're planning a cycling holiday in Norfolk, you can usually carry your bike on the train but be sure to check with your operator prior to travel. Once in Norfolk there are a number of small, independent, rail services to choose from including the Bure Valley Railway, the Bittern Line, the North Norfolk Railway and Wherry Lines.

By coach or bus: Norfolk is served by National Express, with coach routes to Norwich bus station. Regional and local services are offered by First and Konectbus. For further details on local routes visit Traveline or call 0871 200 22 33.

If you are in North Norfolk, look out for the Coasthopper and if you are in and around the Brecks, you might like to check out the Brecks Bus.

By car: If you are travelling to Norfolk from the South East and London, the M11, A11, A12 and A14 are the major trunk roads. From the Midlands and North of England the A14, A11 and A47 are the principal routes. For the latest travel information, don't forget to tune into local radio travel bulletins. For directions and further route planning information, visit The AA.

Once you've arrived in Norfolk, you'll find plenty of coast roads, market towns, pretty villages and green countryside waiting to be explored.

Norwich is well served with park and rides.

If you are in need of a car when you get here, you'll find several car hire and taxi companies, particularly in Norwich and the towns of King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Thetford.

By air: Norwich International Airport is located just four miles from Norwich city centre and offers numerous options for air travel to our beautiful county.
• KLM operate direct flights to Norwich from Amsterdam along with onward connections to Norwich from hundreds of destinations worldwide www.klm.com.
• Flybe operate direct flights to Norwich from Alicante, Edinburgh, Jersey, Malaga and Manchester www.flybe.com/flights-from.
• Eastern Airways operate direct flights to Norwich from Aberdeen along with onward connections to Norwich from Stavanger, Stornoway and more easternairways.com/where-we-fly.
• BMI operate direct to Norwich from Aberdeen www.bmiregional.com.

Norfolk is also only a 75 minute drive from London Stansted airport.

By boat: Car and passenger ferries operate daily to Harwich, which is approximately a two hour drive or an hour and half train journey from Norwich. European destinations include the Hook of Holland with Stena Line and Esjberg with DFDS Seaways.Norfolk is famous for the Norfolk Broads and with 125 miles of navigable waterways, there are plenty of boating opportunities for you to take advantage of when you arrive. Find out more about boating holidays in Norfolk, or browse for boat trips, day boat hire and cruiser hire.

Travelling advice from the Highways Agency

We've all been there. Getting more lost with every turn, or stuck in traffic for hours with the kids kicking off in the back. Trying as these situations are, you'd be surprised at how often people set off on a day trip or holiday without planning their route or checking traffic conditions. Here are some tips from the Highways Agency to get you on your way.

BEFORE YOU GO:
• Check your route on www.transportdirect.info
• Check traffic conditions on the automated telephone info line 08700 660 115
• Check for roadworks by calling 08457 50 40 30 or visiting www.trafficengland.com/disruptions.aspx
• Check the weather at www.metoffice.gov.uk

ON THE MOVE:
• Look for motorway message signs
• DAB digital radio - radio scan for ‘traffic radio' or stream from www.trafficradio.org.uk
• Call for updates on 08700 660 115
• Use your mobile www.highways.gov.uk/mobile. But remember to use your mobile only at rest points - it's dangerous and illegal to drive while using your phone.

Remember to get your car serviced regularly to reduce the chances of a breakdown. Finally, in case the worst does happen you should always carry an emergency kit. Ideally this should contain a map, battery jump leads, a torch, a warning triangle, a fluorescent jacket, relevant medication, food and water.

The Highways Agency is responsible for England's motorways and trunk roads on behalf of the Department for Transport. For more information please visit www.highways.gov.uk.

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