Trains to Norwich
Cheap Trains to Norwich
"Let any stranger find me so pleasant a county, such a good way, large heath, three such places as Norwich, Yar. and Lin. in any county of England, and I'll be once again a vagabond to visit them.” Sir Thomas Browne
Norwich is an affluent and easy-going city; a rich tapestry of meandering alleys sprinkled with architectural gems. In the city centre, you’ll find the impressive Norman castle, a magnificent cathedral, and half-timbered buildings that beautifully line the quiet lanes. In 1960 Norwich gained a university, which has helped the culture of the city flourish.
Tip 1: Buy an advance ticket to save money
A great way to buy cheap train tickets to Norwich is to book as early as possible. Train companies release advance tickets up to 12 weeks before departure. Sometimes advance fares are available up to one hour before your train departs, but you may find there are none left.
Tip 2: Avoid paying a fee when you book
Booking fees can increase the cost of your train tickets; many retailers charge these on every journey you make. Split My Fare doesn't charge you to book or for using your credit card. You will only pay a fee if we manage to split your fare, this will be 10% of the savings made. When we don't find you a split, there won't be any charge.
Even though Norwich is a large city, it only has one railway station. Formerly known as Norwich Thorpe, many services begin and end here. Trains run south towards London through Ipswich and Colchester. The station is about a 10-minute walk from the city centre, although you can also choose to take the bus.
Tip 3: Make sure to get a refund if your train is late
Should there be a delay to your journey to Norwich, make sure to take advantage of Delay Repay. A refund may be available for any delay over 15 minutes, though this depends on the train operator. It is best to check their website and claim your compensation through them.
Tip 4: It can cost more to travel to popular destinations
When you are looking for cheap train tickets, it is better to avoid busy times and popular stations if you can. Demand determines ticket prices; you will often find travelling to a quieter station is cheaper.
It is worth taking the train during off-peak times; peak hours are more expensive. Travelling on a weekday and avoiding bank holidays also helps to reduce cost.
Tip 5: If you are travelling a group then book together
When you take the train to Norwich with a group of friends you can save money by buying your tickets in one booking. Groupsave discount is available when 3-9 people book and travel together at off-peak times. The reduction of 1/3 is automatically applied when your journey is eligible, though actual savings differ between train operators. Selecting to receive e-Tickets can be useful because you can forward the tickets to group members instead of printing off lots of paper tickets. e-Tickets are particularly useful when we have managed to split your fare.
Norwich city centre is relatively compact, so you can easily explore it on foot. It’s also bike-friendly; most of the major streets have cycle lanes.
Tip 6: Compare the price of single and return tickets
When making a return journey to Norwich train station, you might book a return ticket without considering alternative fares. It can be useful to check if two single train tickets are cheaper; this can often be the case. At Split My Fare we look at the various options for you to offer the cheapest fare for your journey.
Tip 7: If you have time, take a slower train to Norwich
If you are only visiting Norwich briefly it is likely you will want to take a direct train; if so you can select only to see the fastest trains when using our website. If you have the time to take a slower, less direct route involving changes, your ticket could be cheaper. We will always show you tickets for slower trains if they are more affordable.
Tip 8: First-class tickets aren't always expensive
Travelling first-class might be something you would think is too expensive, but it isn't always the case. When demand is low, you can sometimes buy a first-class ticket at a similar price to or even cheaper than a standard fare. You will benefit from travelling in greater comfort with bigger seats, and free tea and coffee.
One of the most notable attractions in the city is the Cathedral, a 900-year-old Norman structure.
Norwich Castle is a massive 12th-century fort that rises majestically from a hilltop, overlooking the city centre. Another well-known attraction is the Dragon Hall, a restored trading hall dating back to the medieval era.
Tip 9: Make savings by using a railcard
A useful way to help get a cheap fare to your destination is to purchase one of the numerous types of railcards. There are many cards available to suit everyone, whatever your age or situation.
Most railcards cost £30 a year, and you can save up to 1/3 off each time you use them. Railcards also get you free entry to numerous attractions and discounts. Even if you only travel by train a few times a year, you can make savings when buying a railcard.
The Two Together Railcard allows two adults 1/3 off their tickets and costs £30 a year.
When travelling as a family, the Family and Friends Railcard gives 60% off fares for children and 1/3 off most adult fares for up to four adults and four kids.
Disabled passengers can get discounts on their tickets with the Disabled Persons Railcard, it costs £30 a year and gives 1/3 off.
For those over 60, the senior railcard offers 1/3 off tickets; you can buy a 3-year card for £70! Other railcards include the Network Railcard, 16-25 Railcard and 26-30 Railcard.
You can find more information on the Railcard website and purchase cards at any National Rail Ticket Office.
Tip 10: Be flexible in your travel
If you are willing to be flexible in the time and date of travel, you will have a better chance of getting cheaper train tickets. With our journey planner, you can easily compare the different options for your trip to make significant savings.
Frequently Asked Questions
What trains go to Norwich?
The train to Norwich from London leaves from Liverpool Street, King's Cross and St. Pancras, taking around 2 hours.
What train line is Norwich on?
The train to Liverpool Street is on the Great Eastern Main Line and the train to Cambridge is on the Breckland Line.