For many passengers a journey by rail may start and end using a local bus service. Buses stop at most East Suffolk Line stations making a seamless journey possible thoughout many locations between Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe, and points farther afield such as Norwich, Diss, and Great Yarmouth.
A few of the more rural stations along the East Suffolk Lines are not served by a bus route; this can making travel to and from the station difficult for anyone without a car, bicycle, or those too far from the station to travel by foot. Suffolk County Council is working in partnership with Suffolk Community Transport Operators to help by Connecting Communities.
When you need to make a journey and there’s no public transport available to you locally, you'll be collected and connected you to an appropriate rail station or bus route for onward travel so you can reach your destination quickly and easily. For journeys where connecting to other services is inappropriate, end to end journeys may be possible. For more information see the Connecting Communities page from Suffolk County Passenger Transport.
Southwold Link is a through-ticketing scheme allowing you to purchase one ticket for use on both Greater Anglia train services (from any rail station) and Anglian Bus service 88A. The service runs between Halesworth rail station and the seaside town of Southwold. You may purchase your combination ticket on the train or online (choose Southwold Bus from the stations drop-down list).
Plus Bus is a scheme allowing onward bus travel using your rail ticket. Add Plus Bus to your ticket for bus travel on certain services in Lowestoft and Ipswich on the East Suffolk Line, and many other destinations on the Greater Anglia network. Anglia Plus rail ticket holders get free bus travel from select rail stations to the following town centres: Lowesoft, Ipswich, Great Yarmouth, Bury St. Edmunds, and Norwich.
For connecting bus services and timetables in your area visit the Suffolk On Board webpage.
If you only need your bike to get to your departing station why not stow it free at a cycle stand or in a locker at the station. At Ipswich you'll find a dedicated cycle park next to the lift on platform 2; at Lowestoft the cycle park is on the main concourse.
Free reservations are recommended on the East Suffolk Lines (and other local services across East Anglia) as each local train has space for four bicycles. Free reservations are required for cycle carriage on Intercity journeys to London which have a dedicated carriage for bicycles and luggage. There are some restrictions during the morning and afternoon peak times on Intercity services.
It's not necessary to make reservations for folding bikes on local or Intercity services.
Bike & Go
You can now hire a bicycle at two East Suffolk Lines stations (and at many other stations across the Greater Anglia network). Hire your bike at Ipswich or Lowestoft station and get to where you want to go for on £3.80 per 24 hour period plus a £10 yearly subscription fee. For more on how the scheme works see the Bike and Go website.