Travel – How to get to Harwich

Cars etc

Please! Do not drink and drive!

Roads into Historic Harwich are the A120 (connects with the A12 North-East of Colchester) and B1414 (from Clacton). Follow both roads to Historic (Old) Harwich. When you finally reach water you’ve arrived!

If you have a designated (non-drinking or teetotal) driver then there is limited street parking, quayside parking (not cheap) plus one other public carpark in Historic Harwich (Wellington Road). Further street parking is available towards Dovercourt but please be courteous to residents.


Greater Anglia is the only train operator locally and all trains connect with mainline services at Manningtree (London Liverpool St, Stratford, Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich & Norwich). The Harwich branch line is known as the Mayflower line, has great views over the Stour estuary and is only 21 minutes end-to-end.

As far as we can see (caveat!) there are no engineering works planned for the Harwich branch or the Great Eastern mainline over the May Day weekend.

Services on Thursday & Friday (28 & 29 April) operate a weekday (modified Saturday) timetable, Saturday (30th April) & BH Monday (2nd May) are standard Saturday timetables. The standard/modified Saturday timetable has branch services leaving Manningtree on the hour (connecting services from Liverpool St or Norwich leave one hour earlier). Return services leave Harwich Town at xx26 and Dovercourt at xx28. The last train of the day leaves Harwich Town at 2326!

Finally the Sunday (1st May) has a normal Sunday timetable, leaving Manningtree at xx27 (LIverpool St & Norwich at xx30 1 hour earlier). Return services leave Harwich Town at xx54 and Dovercourt at xx56. On a Sunday the last train of the day leaves Harwich Town at 2254!

Finally, please check with Greater Anglia or National Rail if you need clarification or in case of last minute changes.


There are several bus services from out of town. All serve Dovercourt Town Centre and Harwich Train Station.

The 102/103/104 are First Essex services from Colchester, calling at Ardleigh, Lawford Manningtree, Mistley and Bradfield on the way. The 102 & 104 both serve LIttle & Great Oakleys, whilst the 103 serves Wrabness & Ramsey.  Please use Travel Info – other travel information services are available, but the First Essex website seems to have lost the timetables!

Hedingham Buses operate the no. 3 service between Harwich and Clacton. This is hourly on weekdays and two hourly the rest of the time. The last bus on a Sunday is 1855, otherwise 1905. Please check the timetable and their social media pages before using this bus.


The Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry operates a small vessel between Harwich, Shotley & Felixstowe. It is strongly advisable to prebook. Please note services are weather dependent.

Stena Line operate twice daily services between Harwich International (Parkeston Quay) and Hoek Van Holland


All information was believed correct at the time of publication but may have changed. Please check with the appropriate operator or travel information website.