Skegness, is served by one train station, so booking tickets from around the country is pretty straightforward. The most direct trains run from Nottingham, with an average journey time of 2h 15m, while other nearby towns have a direct connection. Visitors travelling from London, or those travelling south from Newcastle, for example, will have to change at Grantham, where the final leg of the journey is around 1h 30m. Once visitors arrive in Skegness, they will find a variety of services at the station, such as bicycle storage, toilet facilities and wheelchair accessibility. The ticket office is open from Monday to Saturday, with general information services available all week.
Public transport in Skegness
Getting around Skegness couldn’t be easier – upon leaving the station, there are bus stands and taxi ranks with transport ready to take visitors anywhere in the town. The Skegness Seasiders are open-top buses that take visitors between the train station, Butlins, Fantasy Island and Ingoldmells. Buses leave Skegness Interchange at around 6am, with the last bus of the day departing at just after 11pm.
As Skegness is a relatively small town, getting around by bicycle is easy too. The train station features a covered bike rack with room for up to 10 bikes, so it is simple enough to leave bikes there while exploring the nearby area for shopping or eating. Skegness, with its unspoilt coastline and seaside attractions, is the ideal spot for cycling along the seafront, taking in the views.
For a more leisurely experience, private taxi company Uber operates in Skegness, providing easy access to all areas of the town at low rates. Simply download the app onto any smartphone or tablet, select a destination, and wait for the driver to arrive! It’s a handy cash-less alternative to public transport, as all fares are taken directly from passengers’ bank accounts. Regular taxis are also available from outside the train station - many of these can be booked in advance.
The majority of Skegness’s attractions are within an easy walking distance of each other. Once visitors leave the train station, turn right and head towards the beach where they will stumble across the classic arcades of Harris Amusements and PLR Leisure, as well as a delightful art deco cinema, all situated on Lumley Road. Skegness Clock Tower, Skegness Aquarium and Skegness Model Village are all within a stone’s throw of each other, situated next to the Boating Lake, which is perfect for a leisurely sail in the sun. All of these attractions are within a 10-minute walk from the train station.
Turning left and walking along the seafront, visitors will be able to experience Skegness Pier and Pleasure Beach Fairground. A 6 minute walk further up the North Parade will reveal the Natureland Seal Sanctuary, a wonderful experience for all the family. From there, visitors can catch a Skegness Seasider open-top bus up past Butlins to Fantasy Island amusement park, which offers roller coasters and more gentle rides to suit all ages. Don’t forget to ask for the 20% discount by showing the Seasider bus ticket upon entry. The bus journey from the Seal Sanctuary to Fantasy Island will take about 15 minutes.