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 car park in Historic Harwich (Wellington Road). Further street parking is available towards Dovercourt but please be courteous to residents.

Trains

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.

There are weekend (2nd & 3rd December) engineering works between Ingatestone and Witham which will affect visitors from Chelmsford/London and further afield, see below.

Services on Thursday & Friday (30 Nov & 1 Dec) are a standard a weekday timetable, Saturday (2 Dec) is a standard Saturday timetable with timings near identical to weekday services: The off peak weekday/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!

We have just been informed that there are no trains on the Harwich branch on Sunday. Apologies but this is completely out of our control. There isn’t a bus substitution service. 

Finally the Sunday (3 Dec) has a normal Sunday timetable, leaving Manningtree at xx27. Return services leave Harwich Town at xx00 and Dovercourt at xx02. On a Sunday the last train of the day leaves Harwich Town at 2300!

*** Engineering Works ****
Buses replace trains between Ingatestone/Chelmsford and Witham due to construction of a new station.
Visitors from Chelmsford or further afield (towards London) are advised to visit Harwich on Thurs/Fri to avoid the bus substitution!

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

Buses

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

The 102/104 are First Essex services from Colchester, calling at Ardleigh, Lawford Manningtree, Mistley and Bradfield on the way. The 102 & 104 both serve Wix & Little / Great Oakley.  Please use Travel Info – other travel information services are available  >> First Essex 102/104 timetable <<

Hedingham Buses operate the no. 3 service between Harwich and Clacton. This is mostly hourly on weekdays and two hourly the rest of the time. The last bus towards Clacton is 1835. There isn’t a Sunday service. Please check the timetable and their social media pages before using this bus.

Ferries

The Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry operates a small vessel between Harwich, Shotley & Felixstowe. It is strongly advisable to prebook. Please note services are weather and season dependent. It is unfortunately not available during the winter months.

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

Statement

All information was believed correct at the time of publication but may have changed. The above information was updated on 15th November 2023.

Please check with the appropriate operator or travel information website before travelling.