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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

Trains to Ipswich station

Ipswich train station is mainly served by Greater Anglia trains, which connect Lowestoft to Ipswich in 1h 32m, Norwich to Ipswich in 41m, Cambridge to Ipswich in 1h 17m and London to Ipswich in 1h 16m.

Need more information on how to get to Ipswich by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Ipswich.

Ipswich train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Ipswich station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Ipswich railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Ipswich.

Ipswich train station has coffee shops and refreshment kiosks, waiting rooms, toilets and free WiFi. 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.

Ipswich train station parking

Ipswich train station has three car parks off Burrell Road: the first one is for long-stay parking, the second one is for short-stay parking and the third one (the West End Car Park) is for long-stay and pay and display parking.

Hotels near Ipswich train station

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Frequently asked questions

Is Ipswich station open?

Ipswich station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Ipswich station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Ipswich station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Ipswich.

Are there toilets at Ipswich station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Ipswich station.

Are dogs allowed at Ipswich station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Ipswich station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.


Trainline's top spots near Ipswich station

Looking for a coffee on the way to the station? We've collected a list of our favourite independent coffee houses and eateries within walking distance of the station - check them out below!


How far?

What's it all about?

Cool Beanz Coffee House 6 minutes Serving great coffee and local tasty food. Do pop in...
Hullabaloo vegan cafe and wholefoods 11 minutes Vegan cafe and wholefoods, ethically and locally sourced, educational space. Worth a detour!



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 NorwichGreater Anglia17:373On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia17:412On time
to PeterboroughGreater Anglia17:421On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia17:524On time
to FelixstoweGreater Anglia17:582BOn time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia17:254On time
from PeterboroughGreater Anglia17:281On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia17:363On time
from NorwichGreater Anglia17:402On time
from LowestoftGreater Anglia17:451On time
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