A university city with a medieval quarter and a thousand year old cathedral, Norwich has a brilliant daily market, a lively art scene and great riverside walks. In a more recent claim to fame, Kazuo Ishiguru, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, earned a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, also on the campus, promises "5,000 years of human creativity" and its permanent exhibitions are free. Use these information resources and travel directions to consider your transportation options when planning your trip.
How to Get There
Greater Anglia Trains leave for Norwich Station from London Liverpool Street every half hour. The journey takes about an hour an 50 minutes with round trip advance fares, when purchased as two one-way, off-peak tickets, starting at about £20 in 2017. Off peak fares from London begin at 11am.
UK Travel Tip The cheapest train fares are those designated "Advance" - how far in advance depends upon the journey as most rail companies offer advance fares on a first come first served basis. Advance tickets are usually sold as one-way or "single" tickets. Whether or not you buy advance tickets, always compare the "single" ticket price to the round trip or "return" price as it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets rather than one round trip ticket.
To find the best fare, use National Rail Enquiries Cheapest Fare Finder, ticking the "All Day" box in the search form if you can be flexible about travel time.
National Express Coaches run a regular bus service between London Victoria Coach Station and Norwich Coach Station, leaving London every two hours. The journey takes about 3 hours with some longer trips stopping at Stansted Airport. Tickets can be booked online at the National Express website.
UK Travel Tip National Express offer a limited number of very deeply discounted tickets, sold well in advance. The best way to get your hands on these extra cheap tickets is to use the online farefinder. Fares are displayed on a calendar so, if you can be flexible about the time or date your travel, you save quite a bit.
Norwich is 118 miles northeast of London via the M11, A14 and A11. It takes about 3 hours to drive. Keep in mind that gasoline, called petrol in the UK, is sold by the liter (a little more than a quart) and the price is usually between $1.50 and $2.00 a quart.
UK Travel Tip Traffic going east out of London toward the M11 can be very heavy throughout the day - so much so that it can add several hours each way to your driving time. If you can manage an early start, you can achieve the fastest travel times by leaving London by about 5am. You can always stop along the way for a restorative coffee and a bacon sarnie in Norfolk - the pig rearing center of England.