When you first move into a new area, working out what public transport options are available, where the nearest bus stop is, or what discounts are available can be the last thing on your mind. We’ve put all the information you may require below, click on each section to find out more. Also, to the right, you will find a list of useful links for public transport operators in the area and travel planners.
Stephensons of Essex operates the most frequent service, service number 16 to Newmarket, Mildenhall and Bury St Edmunds every hour during the day. Service 357 by Mulleys Motorways also provides services to Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Freckenham, Tuddenham, Cavenham and Risby twice a day. Bus 956 covers the same route once in the mornings and evenings for school days only. You can find the bus time tables for these bus stops here.
For an easy to read guide on how to understand bus timetables, take a look at the Suffolk On Board leaflet here.
In addition to these local bus services, there is also a daily National Express coach service to London. This service can be picked up from Mildenhall or Newmarket and is usually a cheaper alternative to the train. Find out more on the National Express website.
For Cambridge, your most suitable Park & Ride location would be on Newmarket Road whereas for Norwich you can use the easily accessible Thickthorn Park & Ride. At Newmarket Road Park & Ride it’s free to park up to 18 hours and you only pay for the bus journey with return tickets for as little as £2.50 for short hops or £3.00 to the city centre. Located to the east of Cambridge just off the A14 and with over 800 parking spaces, it takes only 20 minutes to reach by car from Hunter’s Chase. With bus frequencies every 10 minutes and a bus journey that only takes 17 minutes to reach the city centre, the Newmarket Road Park & Ride is ideal for fast daily commutes into Cambridge, as well as weekend leisure trips the city. Download timetables here and the postcode for your sat nav is: CB5 8AA. For more information visit the Cambridge Park & Ride website.
The most convenient Park and Ride for Norwich is Thickthorn (NR9 3AU) with more than 700 car parking spaces and buses running every 15 minutes for most of the day Monday to Friday from 6:35 to 19:15 (20:15 on Thursdays), 7:00 to 18:45 on Saturdays and 9:15 to 16:55 on Sundays. Timetables can be downloaded from here. Journey times into the city centre take approximately 15 minutes and an adult anytime ticket costs £3.70 with discounts for after 10am and 12pm rides. For reduced prices, weekly, 10-day, 4-weekly, 12-weekly and annual tickets can also be purchased. Visit Norwich Park and Ride for more information.
Travelling by train is a great option if commuting to Cambridge. A single peak-time train ticket to Cambridge is £8.00, an Anytime Return ticket is £12.30, off-peak day return is £9.40 and discounts are available when purchasing season tickets (either weekly, monthly or annual). Tickets can be purchased through the station ticket machine, online or from Greater Anglia mobile app.
✔ 16-25 Railcard – for those aged 16-25, or mature students (26+) and in full-time education
✔ 26-30 Railcard – for those aged 26-30.
✔ Two Together Railcard – for two named people travelling together
✔ Family & Friends Railcard – for those travelling with children aged 5-15 (up to 4 adults and 4 children can travel on one card)
✔ Senior Railcard – for those aged 60 and over
✔ Network Railcard – for those travelling in the South East and aged 16 or over
✔ Disabled Persons Railcard – for those who have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult could qualify for a Disabled Persons Railcard.
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