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How to get here

How to get here

By road

Ipswich is easily accessible from London and the South (just 55 miles from the M25) via the A12, and from the Midlands and North via the A14.

The nearest pay and display car parks are: Duke Street IP3 0FS, Athena Hall IP3 0DT, Fore Street IP4 1JZ, NCP Blackfriars Foundation Street IP4 1BN.

Convenient ‘Park and Ride’ services operate every 10 minutes (Monday to Saturday 7.00am – 7.00pm) from London Road Park and Ride, located at the Copdock Interchange (from junction 33 of the A12 (from London) and junction 55 of the A14 (from North & West), post code IP8 3TQ) and from the A12 at the Martlesham Park and Ride (Martlesham, East and Coastal, post code IP5 3QX). You can find more information on the Suffolk on Board website.

Some local bus services, including First and Ipswich Buses, cannot accommodate bicycles. Please check with operators before you travel. 

By rail

Trains from London Liverpool Street and Stratford reach Ipswich in around an hour. Northern and Western services change at Peterborough for Ipswich. See National Rail for more details. 

Abellio Greater Anglia have restrictions on the number of bicycles they can accommodate on their trains, with bikes traveling on some journeys needing to be prebooked in advance. We advise that you check with Abellio Greater Anglia before you travel. 

By coach

Ipswich is well served by National Express Coaches, including four services from London daily and daily Northern and Western services via Cambridge.

By air

London Stansted is only 50 miles from Ipswich and just over an hour by coach. National Express operates around 10 direct coaches per day each way, 24/7.

By sea

The international ferry port of Harwich is around 30 miles from Ipswich.

Getting around town

The majority of the Town Centre is traffic-free, making a stroll around Ipswich a pleasant experience. There are numerous cycle routes, and a free cycle route map is available from the Tourist Information Centre (01473 258070, [email protected]).

The rail station is a short walk from the Town Centre (just two minutes by bus). The town's two bus stations are located within easy reach of the main shopping area. The station for Ipswich Buses is located outside Tower Ramparts and First Buses run from the Old Cattle Market Bus Station.

Shopping and parking for people with disabilities

Hand-operated and electric wheelchairs are available by calling 01473 222225 and a Blue Badge holders’ guide explaining parking in car parks and streets can be obtained at the at the Ipswich Borough Council website.