Travelling to Norfolk
Your guide to getting to and around Norfolk
A smooth journey sets a holiday off on the right foot and at Original Cottages, we want to ensure every step of your journey with us is smooth too. That’s why we’ve created this nifty travel guide on how to get to Norfolk via car, train and bus so you can arrive at your Norfolk Holiday Cottage with ease. Please note that all of our homes come with address details and additional information on how to best reach your cottage, including public transport links and parking details.
Norfolk is, by nature, a little out of the way from the rest of the UK and is also only accessible via A-roads, so a SatNav or map is highly recommended! On a more positive note, as Norwich was the city that invented the postcode system, everywhere in the county has an NR postcode and is very well connected, so you’re never too lost if you’re somewhere near Norwich and the A47. With that said, here’s a list of the main routes to take to get into Norfolk and roads to take to travel around once you’re here:
- The A1 (M) is the road to travel down if you are coming from anywhere North East of Norfolk in the country.
- The M6 across the midlands joins up to the A14 in Rugby, which travels onwards to Cambridge and Norwich and Norfolk is then accessed via the A11. This is the generalised route you want to take if you’re coming from the North West, North Wales or Birmingham and the Midlands.
- From the Southwest (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Bristol and South Wales), follow the M5 or M4 to join up with the route mentioned above, or travel via Oxford and eastbound on the M40.
- The A47 runs from Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth, through Norwich and the Broads.
- The A148 runs across North Norfolk and it is from here that you’ll join on to the various A roads that take you to those lovely coastal spots.
- The A11 also connects Thetford and Norwich.
Greater Anglia is the main train operating service across Norfolk, with multiple trains leaving Norwich station every day. If you’re travelling from further afar, check Trainline or the National Rail website to plan your journey and expect to travel to Norwich and then change for other services towards North Norfolk, the coast and trains travelling towards Suffolk. A quick summary of the outbound services from Norwich is as follows:
- The Norwich to Sheringham service travels through Salhouse, Hoveton & Wroxham, Worstead, North Walsham, Gunton, Roughton Road, Cromer and West Runton.
- The service towards Great Yarmouth stops in Brundall Gardens, Brundall, Lingwood and Acle. The train line also starts in Ely and stops in Norfolk spots such as Attleborough and Wymondham.
- Switch at Brundall to catch the train towards Lowestoft that runs through Reedham and Somerleyton.
- Visit the Greater Anglia website to plan your journey and book your train tickets in advance.
By Coach and Bus
There are a range of coach services, such as MegaBus, that travel from cities into Norwich and once you arrive in Norfolk, there are plenty of public bus services and private hire companies available for you to choose from to get to your destination. Norfolk County Council has a great page with links to the bus companies operating in Norfolk, so do check out their page to reach bus timetables and prices.