It takes an average of 1h 51m to travel from London to Norwich by train, over a distance of around 98 miles (158 km). There are normally 42 trains per day travelling from London to Norwich and tickets for this journey start from £10 when you book in advance.
158 miles (98 km)
42 trains per day
Direct trains available
Planning a trip to East Anglia and need more information on how to take the train from London to Norwich? We’ve got you covered!
Generally, the train from London to Norwich takes around 1 hour and 53 minutes, but can be as quick as 1 hour and 41 minutes on the fastest services. As there around 42 direct trains running on this popular route each day, you can make yourself comfortable as you don’t need to make any changes along the way.
If you’re travelling on this route, you’ll hop on a Greater Anglia train at London Liverpool Street station. Once you’re on board, you can start to enjoy the onboard amenities including comfortable seating, free WiFi and plenty of space for luggage. If you prefer to travel luxuriously, upgrade to Greater Anglia First Class and you’ll take advantage of more spacious seating and legroom, as well as complimentary food and drink. In just over an hour and a half, you’ll travel through the Great British countryside and arrive at Norwich station.
Once you’ve exited the station, you’re a short stroll from the city centre. If you’re not sure where to visit first, you can’t go wrong with Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery – a hilltop Norman castle with art and history exhibitions. Then, you can head for Norwich Cathedral, an 11th-century structure that towers above the city.
If you’d like to buy the cheapest fares, take the train during Off-Peak times, because tickets tend to be cheaper during quieter travel times. Also, if you have a Railcard, you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.
Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from London to Norwich in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, keep reading for our timetable where you’ll find first and last train times, as well as FAQs and tips on how to find cheap train fares.
The average journey time by train between London and Norwich is 1 hour and 51 minutes, with around 42 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Norwich is 1 hour and 41 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Norwich can start from as little as £10 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Norwich without having to change trains. There are 42 direct trains from London to Norwich each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Norwich leaves at 05:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Norwich leaves at 23:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from London to Norwich cover a distance of around 98 miles (158 km) during the journey.
If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Norwich is right for you.
National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.
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Getting to London Liverpool Street station
My train to Norwich departed from London Liverpool Street station, Britain’s third busiest station. It serves around 64 million passengers per year and is usually the starting point for journeys from London to Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk.
I took the tube to reach the station – it's on the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines, so getting there is quite easy.
Boarding the train
I travelled from London to Norwich with Greater Anglia. As I had already booked my ticket online with Trainline, I didn’t have to queue at the station to buy or collect my train ticket. I just scanned my eticket to get through the ticket gate and quickly boarded my train a few minutes before it was due to depart. I quickly found a window seat with a table – the train was quite empty – I put my luggage away on the luggage racks and sat down ready to enjoy my journey.
The train took about one hour and a half to get from London to Norwich, after calling at London Stratford, Chelmsford, Colchester, Manningtree, Ipswich, Stowmarket, and Diss.
On board there were information displays showing where exactly I was during the journey, so I just sat back and relaxed, making use of the free WiFi available and listening to some music. Once the train stopped in Norwich, I headed towards the station exit and joined my cousin who was waiting for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed the journey – taking the train is so much better than driving, I highly recommend it!
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