How to Get to Norwich from Cambridge

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It actually pretty easy to travel from Cambridge to Norwich. You have several different options, including trains, buses, and cars, so something to fit all preferences and budgets. Let’s take a look at the possibilities then you can choose how to get to Norwich from Cambridge.

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How Far is it from Cambridge to Norwich?

Norwich is located in the East of England in the county of Norfolk. The cities are located about 60 miles apart. I recommend allowing around one to two hours to travel between them.

*Learn some fun facts about Norwich before you visit.

How to Get to Norwich from Cambridge

You can either take the train, bus, or drive from Cambridge to Norwich. Let’s take a closer look at each of the options.


Greater Anglia provides direct train service between Cambridge and Norwich. Most trains take about an hour and twenty minutes. Check the schedule here for details.

The price varies depending on the type of ticket and the time. Always buy your ticket before getting on the train or you will have to pay a penalty fare.

Book your train ticket to Norwich here.

Estimated Cost

Starts at £22 one way (correct as of March 2023). To get a “low” fare like this, you need to book in advance and choose an off-peak train. Most times you will end up paying significantly more.


  • Fast
  • Comfortable
  • You can do other things (i.e. read, watch shows) on the ride.


  • Can be expensive if you don’t book in advance or want to travel on peak trains.
  • May be limited by schedule.
  • Won’t have a car to explore more rural areas in Norfolk.


National Express provides bus service from Cambridge to the Norwich City Bus Terminal. It does take longer than the train but it can save money. Check the bus schedule here.

Estimated Cost

Starts at £12.20 one-way + a £1 booking fee. The starting price is about half of what you pay for the train, and you are more likely to be able to book at this price. Typically, it does not increase as much if you wait until the last minute to book.

Book your bus ticket to Norwich here.


  • Cheapest alternative
  • Comfortable (I think the seats on the bus are nicer than those on the train.)


  • Takes longer
  • Can be affected by traffic
  • Not as frequent as trains
  • Won’t have a car to explore more rural areas in Norfolk.


It’s not a bad drive from Cambridge to Norwich as it’s all dual carriageway (although there is a section of the A11 undergoing significant roadworks until late 2023). Traffic can be bad so avoid peak driving times if possible.

Even if you don’t own a car this may be your best option if you want to explore some of the more remote areas in Norfolk. These areas are not well connected with public transportation so it’s best to have a car.

Use Google Maps or Waze to get customized directions from your starting point in Cambridge to your destination in Norwich. Most people will:

  1. Take the A11
  2. Go onto the A47
  3. Exit onto the A146
  4. Follow signs to the Norwich City Centre or the Thickthorn Park and Ride.

Estimated Cost

Varies based if you need to hire a car, the price of petrol, and the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.


  • Can be flexible, not stuck to timetable
  • Will have the car to easily explore more rural areas of Norfolk


  • Someone has to drive
  • There can be traffic
  • Parking in Norwich is limited in areas and can be expensive. If you are not using the Park and Ride, you can find the most convenient and reasonably priced parking options through Your Parking Space.

What to Do in Norwich

Once you get to Norwich, there is plenty to do. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your time in Norwich:

Best Things to Do in Norwich

Things to Do in Norwich With Kids

Fun Things to Do in Norwich For Adults

Things to Do in Norwich When it Rains

Unusual Things to Do in Norwich

Romantic Things to Do in Norwich

Things to Do in Norwich at Night

Where To Stay Once You Get to Norwich

If you want to stay longer than just a day in Norwich, there are a wide range of accommodation options in the city centre. Remember the summer months and December are the busiest times in the city, so these hotels will fill up. Book in advance if at all possible.

Assembly House

front of the assembly house with fountain
You could stay at the Assembly House, famous for their afternoon teas!

You can stay at the Grade I listed Assembly House that is beautifully decorated for Christmas. They have 15 spacious and stylish rooms, six with their own secret gardens, six with their own lounges, a bridal suite with its own garden and top-floor suites with breakfast included in the room rate.

Complimentary parking in the car park located on Chantry Road is included for overnight guests.

Read Tripadvisor reviews here.

Check price and availability for the Assembly House here.

Maids Head Hotel

exterior of the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich
You can stay at the oldest hotel in the UK which some say is haunted by harmless ghosts.

Dating back more than 800 years, the Maid’s Head Hotel claims to be the oldest hotel in the UK. It’s a Grade II listed building where it is believed Queen Elizabeth I attended a banquet. The hotel is also thought to be home to two harmless ghosts.

Located in Tombland, it’s a convenient base to explore Norwich. They offer free parking for their guests. The rooms all have a flat screen TV and free wifi.

Read Tripadvisor reviews here.

Check price and availability here.

Revado Hotel

Relatively new to the Norwich hotel scene, Revado Hotel is a modern 3-star hotel a short walk from the Norwich Train Station. It offers spacious rooms with unlimited Wifi and an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy the best English, Indian, and a fusion of these cuisines along with drinks.

The hotel gets its name because the word Revado in Gujarati (an Indian language) means to enchant someone with a pleasant stay. It’s a fitting choice as the hotel is known for its excellent customer service.

Read Tripadvisor reviews here.

Check price and availability here.

Premier Inn Norwich City Centre (Duke Street)

Another budget-friendly hotel option in the Norwich city centre is the Premier Inn on Duke Street. You get a super-comfy bed, a power shower and free Wi-Fi. They have family rooms that include a double or kingsize bed along with a sofa bed and pull-out bed depending on the number of guests staying in the room. There is also an onsite restaurant.

Read Tripadvisor reviews here.

Check price and availability here.

What is the best way to get to Norwich from Cambridge?

If you can plan ahead and get your tickets early, the train is the best option. When you have a tight budget, it might be best to take the bus. Those that plan on exploring more of Norfolk than just Norwich, may want to drive so that they have a car during their stay.

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