Getting Around, Ipswich Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK)

Central viewBeing well placed to explore Suffolk and the neighbouring counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk, Ipswich features a good network of public transportation, with buses travelling all over the town and to surrounding destinations. There is also a train station located in Ipswich, with rail transport linking the capital city of London and much of the United Kingdom.

If you prefer to take a more leisurely approach to travelling, then Ipswich provides a series of popular cycle lanes, with the National Cycle Route 51 running right through the town. Those with their own car will find that this really is the easiest way to travel around the town, although for short journeys to attractions and restaurants, taxi transport is always a good reserve choice.

Airports / Arriving by Air

The following airports are located within reach of Ipswich:

Picture of local road, showing the famous Orwell Bridge

Car Rental

Ipswich is located near to the A12 and A14 roads, offering good transport connections to south-east England. The A12 heads in a north-easterly direction to Lowestoft, and south-westerly to London. Intersecting with the A12 and travelling in the opposite direction, the A14 connects the Midlands, Bury St. Edmunds and Cambridge to the north-west, and Felixstowe to the south-east. Those heading northwards to Norwich will need to take the A140 to reach this city.

A handy park and ride service is available at three different sites in Ipswich, at the A21 / A14 junction, on the A14 / Bury Road and also at the junction of the A12 / A1214 roads. Buses connect these much-used park and ride sites with the town centre roughly every ten minutes, and travel between 07:00 and 19:00, Monday to Saturday. Further ample parking is available in the town centre itself, with some of the most popular car parks being located at the Buttermarket Shopping Centre, along the adjoining Foundation Street and Tacket Street, and on Portman Road, where the Ipswich Town Football Club is to be found.

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Photograph of the town's railway station


The town's railway station lies on the southern side of the centre, on Ranelagh Road / Burrell Road, and is best reached by taking the Prince Street bridge over the River Orwell. Half hourly trains travel between the Liverpool Street Station in London, and this journey lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Train transport in Ipswich also connects Bury St. Edmunds (30 minutes), Norwich (50 minutes) and Peterborough (one hour and 40 minutes).

Image taken at nearby Harwich

Boats and Ferries

Ipswich is well placed for ferry transport, with the busy Port of Harwich being within easy reach of the town. Daily ferries sail between Harwich and both the Hook of Holland and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Esbjerg in Denmark.

Buses and Coaches

There are various different bus services currently running in the town. Ipswich Buses are based at the Tower Ramparts bus station, next to the Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre. First Eastern Counties buses and coaches operate from the Ipswich Old Cattle Market bus station (also often referred to as the Buttermarket bus station) on Turret Lane and travel to Bury St. Edmunds in just over one hour, amongst further destinations.

National Express coach transport is also readily available in Ipswich and travels all around the United Kingdom, with the most popular destinations on offer including both Cambridge (one hour and 30 minutes) and London (two hours and 45 minutes).