Getting around Suffolk
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 Google search:
- Enter the address into Google Maps
- Click 'directions' and choose a starting point for your journey (e.g. your house)
- The route will appear, and you can select the option to drive, walk, cycle or use public transport, and see how long it will take for each option.
- The public transport icon will give you the different routes for train and bus services.
Remember the quickest route doesn't always mean the cheapest!
If the train looks like the easiest option, you should check the cost for the train journey.
Buses are often a lot cheaper than trains.
Useful travel websites
To find and book train tickets visit the National Rail website
You can compare travel ticket prices on websites like Travel Supermarket
Get travel tips and save money on long train journeys on the Money Saving Expert website
Plan your journey by using the Travel Line website. You can download their free Travel Line App.
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 enter your journey into the Google Maps website and select the bus route you want to take, it will 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 to help you recognise when to get off the bus. You can also ask the bus driver to let you know when your stop is coming up if you are unsure!
If your bus 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 the bus stop, so you don't end up lost! You can also track where you are walking to by using the Google Maps App on your mobile phone to check if you are walking in the right direction.
Timing and timetables
If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, use the Google Maps website to check 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 can sometimes be late, so it might be better to arrive at the bus stop early and wait, rather than risk being late. You should also check when the next bus is due to arrive encase the bus you want doesn't turn up.
First Buses now have an App which will give you updates on their bus times so you know if they're running late. Download it for The free First Buses App can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play.
All the bus timetables in Suffolk can be found on the Suffolk on Board website.
Don't forget to also plan your journey home too so you know where to get the bus or train back from!
Help with travel to job interviews
Get free train tickets for travelling to job interviews with Abellio Greater Anglia's 'Job Track' scheme. For details visit the Greater Anglia website.