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Getting around Suffolk

Where, when, how?

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Young people are among the biggest users of bus services, and often rely on public transport to get around.

So it's really important that you feel confident in using buses and trains to get to places around Suffolk, and know where to find all the info you need.

Costs

Transport often comes up as a top concern for young people, and the cost of public transport can be pretty high. But there are ways to help with costs:

You could also look into getting monthly, termly or yearly passes and work out whether this will save you money in the long run if you frequently use public transport.

Cycling - it's free!

Cycling can be a great way of getting around Suffolk, and you can get to places surprisingly quickly on a bike!

Green Suffolk have loads of information about cycling, including detailed cycle routes for different areas in Suffolk. Take a look at the Green Suffolk website.

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Getting to a new place

Maybe you have a job interview, are starting a new job, or just going to a friend's house for the first time. How do you get there? Should you take the bus or the train? How do you know when to get off? 

A lot of these questions can be answered with a quick Google:

  • Enter the address into Google Maps
  • Click 'directions' and choose a starting point for your journey (e.g. your house)
  • The route will appear, including the option to drive, walk, cycle or use public transport, and how long it will take
  • The public transport icon will give you the different routes for train and bus services
  • You'll be able to look at each option and work out which is best for you

Remember quickest doesn't always mean cheapest! If you decide the train looks like the easiest option, you should also check the cost of your journey. Buses are often a lot cheaper than trains, so you might want to think about whether this changes your mind.

Getting off at the right bus stop

So, you decide to go with the bus to get to your destination, but aren't sure where to get off. If you've entered your journey into Google Maps and selected the bus route you want to take, it will actually show you the closest bus stop to your destination. 

The stops should be named and you'll be able to see what's close by so that you can recognise it when you're coming up on the bus.

Or it doesn't hurt to just ask the bus driver to let you know when your bus is coming up!

If your stop is a little way from your destination, it's also a good idea to make a note of what direction you have to walk from there, so you don't end up getting lost!

Use Google Maps to plan your journey

Timing and timetables

If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, you can see on Google Maps how long your journey will take so you can work out what time you need to leave.

If you're catching a bus or train, it's a good idea to arrive at the stop or station at least 5 minutes before its supposed to arrive just in case.

Buses sometimes have a bit of a reputation for being late, so it might be better to aim to arrive early and wait, rather than risk being late. You should also look up when the next bus is going to be to save you panicking if it doesn't turn up.

First Buses now have an app which will give you real time updates on their buses and let you know if they're running late. Download it for free on the App Store or Google Play.

All the bus timetables in Suffolk can be found on Suffolk on Board.

Before you head off, make sure to plan your journey home too so you know where to get the bus or train back from!

For more information about travel in Suffolk, visit Suffolk on Board.

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Help with travel to interviews

Get free train tickets for travelling to job interviews with Abellio Greater Anglia's 'Job Track' scheme.

If you're looking for your first job after finishing education or have been out of work for more than 6 months, you could receive free train travel to job interviews.

Find out more about the Job Track scheme.

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