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Getting to Bury St Edmunds this Christmas

Posted on Monday, 13th November, 2017

Bury St Edmunds is in a great location to access from East Anglia and further afield as it has great road networks, and a train station just a short walk from the town centre, and regular bus routes from surrounding areas. Here’s a quick guide to the best ways of getting to Bury St Edmunds this winter.


Bury St Edmunds has a train station on the aptly named Station Hill. The most regular services are between Ipswich and Cambridge, and Ipswich and Peterborough, and it is also easily accessible from Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. Do bear in mind that train services will be particularly busy for the Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Fayre events (19th and 23rd-26th November).

The station is around a 10 minute walk to the town centre, and the best route is to walk down Station Hill, straight ahead as you walk out of the train station, cross the road where there is a mini roundabout onto Ipswich Street, keep walking up the road and turn right onto St John’s Street. The Christmas Fayre begins on St Johns Street and here there are lots of lovely independent shops, restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, you could proceed down Station Hill and turn right at the mini roundabout and proceed up St Andrews Street North where you will end up at The Arc shopping centre.

Toilets and a mother and baby room can be found in the Just Traid Café which is on St John’s Street.

For more information on the train services, please click here


Getting to Bury St Edmunds by bus is very convenient for the town centre as the bus station is based on St Andrews Street North, which is a very short walk to the Arc shopping centre, and St John’s Street.

Services arrive here from Norwich, Cambridge, Thetford and the surrounding villages. National Express coaches also provide a service that stops here.

The bus station has toilets and a waiting area.

For more information and timetables please visit the Suffolk On Board website here or for the local village services, visit the Chambers website here.


Getting to Bury St Edmunds is very convenient by car as it’s just off the A14, at junction 43. It is approximately 40 minutes from both Cambridge and Ipswich, an hour from Norwich and just under two hours from London. Parking around Christmas time and especially the Christmas Fayre can be busy, so keep reading for our parking guide below.


We know what you’re thinking, lots of people means lots of cars making parking a challenge during the busy Christmas period! But don’t worry, there is plenty of parking in the town and in addition to the regular carparks, there is extra parking available during the Christmas Fayre to make things as convenient as possible for you.

Car Parks

The full listing of short and long stay car parks can be found on the West Suffolk Council website here.

On top of the standard car parking that is available, there are a few sites which are open specially for the Christmas Fayre open on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th.

Greene King, Cullam Road, IP33 3PB
£8 all day, or £5 after 4pm
This is approximately a 5 minute walk from Angel Hill

The Priory School, Mount Road, IP33 3PB
£5 all day, all proceeds to go to the school
This is approximately a 10 minute walk from Angel Hill

Dragonfly Hotel, Symonds Road IP32 7DZ
Parking is free if you purchase a drink from the bar or £5 all day

Park and Ride (Available Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November)

The Christmas Fayre park and ride service is situated on Saxham Business Park which is just off the A14 (post code: IP28 6RX).

Please note that the Park and Ride site is cash only, and is £8 per car.

The site will be open Friday and Saturday 8.30am to 8.30pm and 9.00am to 5.30pm.

The coaches for the Park and Ride do not accept dogs except for hearing or guide dogs.

Park and Walk

There are two sites available to park and walk, and both are free of charge and available for the Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th.

West Suffolk College, Beetons Way, IP33 3TT
Olding Road Car Park, Olding Road IP33 3YE

If you’d like to find out more about all of the fantastic shopping, bars, restaurants and entertainment in Bury St Edmunds this Christmas, browse our website here and plan your perfect Christmas in Bury St Edmunds!

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