There's nowhere else quite like Norwich. It's one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the UK, with fine old buildings - including a spectacular cathedral - and a largely unchanged street pattern. That means a warren of winding lanes, lined with independent shops and tearooms; perfect for train travellers who like to explore on foot. Add to that modern shopping centres, a renowned university and easy access to the Norfolk Broads, and you might just have the perfect city break...

How to find cheap tickets to Norwich

If you want to bag yourself some bargain train tickets to Norwich, there are several convenient methods you can make use of. Whether you’re travelling on business or to explore and take in the Wiltshire countryside, we’ll share our top tips for knocking the pounds off your rail fares.

  • Get a Railcard: Save up to 1/3 for a whole year
  • Book tickets to Norwich in advance: Greater Anglia and East Midlands Railway usually release tickets 12 weeks in advance
  • Travel Off-Peak: Tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends
  • Use GroupSave: If you're travelling in a group of 3-9 people you could save 34%

You can find more details about each of these tips below.

1. Get a Railcard

One of the best ways to save money on your train journeys is to equip yourself with a Railcard. If you travel to Norwich or other locations by train more than a couple of times a year, it’s well worth shelling out for one, since you’ll be looking at saving up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets. There are some eligibility requirements though, so head on over to our Railcards page for a quick guide. Railcards cater to different age ranges and circumstances so, from the Senior Railcard to the Disabled Persons Railcard and the 26-30 Railcard (Millennial Railcard), you'll be sure to find your match.

2. Book tickets to Norwich in advance

Another tactic that can help you secure cheap train tickets to Norwich is to purchase your tickets as far ahead as possible. In many cases, the earlier you buy an Advance ticket, the cheaper it’ll be. Most train companies release their tickets 12 weeks before the departure date, but we have a handy Ticket Alert tool that can email you as soon as they become available for your preferred route. Sign up, and we’ll do the work for you, just in case you forget to check!

3. Travel during Off-Peak times

To stand a good chance at saving even more money, make sure to book your Advance ticket for an Off-Peak time. Off-Peak trains require you to travel at certain times of the day, certain days in the week or via a particular route, offering good value for money. If you then add your Railcard discount to your Off-Peak train ticket, you’ll be well on your way towards cheap rail travel.

Before you book your tickets, have a quick check that your Return tickets are cheaper than two Singles. At times, it’s possible that one way can be cheaper than the other.

4. Travelling as a group? Use GroupSave

Last, but not least, there are discounts available for those travelling in groups of three to nine. Perfect if you’re going on a family trip or heading to Norwich with friends, you could save up to 34% thanks to GroupSave, a type of free discount that can be applied to your Off-Peak tickets if you book for the correct amount of people. Please bear in mind that GroupSave is not applicable for all journeys by the different train companies and will be applied if valid for your journey and selected in the Railcard dropdown. All tickets must be purchased in a single booking, and all passengers must travel together on the day of departure.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.

For even more hints on how to save money on your rail fares, check out our cheap train tickets page.

Visiting Norwich

Simply wandering the streets is a treat. Look out for the marvellous Norman cathedral, the City Hall clock tower and the cobbled streets of Elm Hill, Timber Hill and Tombland. Then go in search of the half-timber Dragon Hall and Strangers' Hall; the Art Nouveau 1899 Royal Arcade; the series of winding ancient lanes alongside the River Wensum; and Pull's Ferry, a 17th-century house made of flint named after the river's last ferryman.

Founded in the eleventh century, Norwich Market is now the largest undercover market in Europe and is a treasure trove of local foods and unusual trinkets. Open Monday to Saturday, it has an atmosphere to be savoured, with its stalls set out under bright, colourful canopies.

If you're looking to get out of the city for a while, head to Mousehold Heath to the northeast of the centre. A mix of heath and woodland with an easy-to-navigate network of paths, it also has superb views of Norwich - this is the place to be if you want to take in the skyline of the cathedral, castle and City Hall.

Finally, it's time for a pint. Belgian Monk is one of the best pubs in Britain, with a host of Belgian beers. Find it in the heart of historic Potter Gate Street.


Frequently asked questions

How can I get cheap train tickets to Norwich?

It's easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Norwich. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. 

Are trains running to Norwich?

Trains run frequently almost every day to Norwich, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Norwich.

How long does it take to get to Norwich by train?

You can view train timetables and travel times to Norwich in our Journey Planner. Norwich is well connected to major cities around the UK by train, just enter your departure station and travel date into our Journey Planner to see how long it takes.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Norwich?

Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Norwich, these include:

  • Two-Together Railcard (Great for couples and friends who always travel together)
  • 16-17 Saver (You can save up to 50% with this one)
  • 16-25 Railcard (Ideal for students)
  • 26-30 Railcard (Also known as the Millennial Railcard)
  • Senior Railcard (For those aged 60 and over)
  • Friends & Family Railcard (Great for families of up to 4 adults with up to 4 kids)
  • Disabled Railcard (If travelling with another adult they can save too)

Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too.

Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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