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Thetford station lies just to the north of the town centre and the River Little Ouse. Trains run through here on the Breckland Line between Cambridge and Norwich and the long-distance line between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich. Eastbound there are usually two trains an hour to Norwich, and westbound there's one per hour to Cambridge and another to Liverpool Lime Street (via Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester), both stopping at Ely, where you can catch services to Stansted Airport and London stations. The original flint building at Thetford station opened in 1845, with the red-brick extension added later in 1889 - look up as you enter and you'll see the date engraved above the door. These days a lot of visitors come to the area to enjoy nearby Thetford Forest, a huge expanse of pine forest with walking, cycling and sculpture trails plus several important archaeological sites. Thetford station is also the nearest station for Center Parcs Elveden Forest.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays07:00 - 13:30
Saturday 07:00 - 13:30
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Please note that assistance is only available during the station staffed hours (see above), unless pre-booked.

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 pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorNational Car Parks Ltd
Car parking spaces35
Carpark charges
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces36
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVUnavailable
Cycle storage notes
Cycle storage notes<p><span style="font-family: ;" data-sheets-rawvalue="4 Sheffield Stand spaces">36&yuml;Sheffield Stand spaces</span></p>
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

Step free access to each platform, but not between platforms.

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

You'll find the main entrance and ticket office off Canterbury Way with a car park, taxi rank and cycle lockers outside. There is also cycle storage on both platforms. Straight through the ticket office, you'll find platform 2 for trains towards Norwich, and there's also a ticket machine. Platform 1 is for trains towards Cambridge and Liverpool Lime Street. Access between platforms is via stairs and a footbridge. Step-free access to platform 1 is via Station Lane.

Departures and arrivals from Thetford

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Thetford station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to CambridgeGreater Anglia07:102Late
to NorwichEast Midlands Railway07:321On time
to NorwichGreater Anglia07:451On time
to CambridgeGreater Anglia08:072On time
to Liverpool Lime StreetEast Midlands Railway08:232On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from NorwichGreater Anglia07:092Late
from NottinghamEast Midlands Railway07:311On time
from CambridgeGreater Anglia07:441On time
from NorwichGreater Anglia08:062On time
from NorwichEast Midlands Railway08:222On time
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