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Ipswich station, initially called Ipswich Stoke Hill, opened in 1846. At that time, steamboats were the main source of transport in and out of the town, but the arrival of rail soon spelt the end for the waterways. To accommodate the rail line, a tunnel was built and is still used today. During its construction, the fossil of a turtle, a lion and a woolly mammoth were found. The station eventually moved to its present location, on Burrell Road, in 1860. Coming into the town by train, visitors arrive in the south side of the city, well within walking distance of the town's best features, including Gippeswyk Park, which can be reached by bicycle (bikes can be hired at the station). Ipswich has over 800 years of heritage and culture, from Darwin to Dickens, making it a hotspot for curious readers and science boffins alike. Less bookish offerings include the beautiful Ipswich Waterfront and the state-of-the-art Portman Road, home to Ipswich Town FC and the club's famously friendly 'Tractor Boys' fans.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:00 - 21:20
Saturday 05:00 - 21:20
Sunday 07:20 - 22:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpAvailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Shops noteNews agent Passport Photo Booth
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Coffee shop Coffee kiosk Cold drinks vending machine Food vending machine
ATM notes
Located outside main entrance
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Monday-Saturday 08:00-20:00ÿ
Sunday 10:00-20:00ÿ
Bank Holidays 09:00-18:00ÿ

The hours shown are for the Customer Relations team on 0345 600 7245 (option 8).

Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
DayOpening Hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park Premium Bay
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd National Car Parks
Car parking spaces480
Carpark charges
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces160
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

Close to platform 1

Cycle storage notes<p>A secure 108-space cycle compound is available (key fob required, speak to station staff for availability).</p> <p>Other spaces are available.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

ÿA lift is available.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster

Opening Hours
DayOpening Hours
Everyday05:00 - 00:45


Platform 2

Tickets Accepted

All First Class


TV, screens with updated train informationÿ

There are cycle lockers and a cycle compound by the 24-hour car park, which has over 500 spaces. Ipswich railway station has coffee shops and refreshment kiosks, waiting rooms, toilets and free Wi-Fi. Lifts provide step-free access to the footbridge between platforms 1 and 3a to 4c. All toilets are next to platform 2, and there are baby-changing facilities on the concourse.

Departures and arrivals from Ipswich

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Ipswich station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to ColchesterGreater Anglia23:173On time
to ColchesterGreater Anglia23:222BOn time
to NorwichGreater Anglia23:454On time
to NorwichGreater Anglia00:443On time
to FelixstoweGreater Anglia05:042CScheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia23:583BEarly
from CambridgeGreater Anglia23:024COn time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia23:083On time
from PeterboroughGreater Anglia23:212BOn time
from FelixstoweGreater Anglia23:274BOn time
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