Two direct rail lines operate between London and Southend and with nine stations around the Borough it's the easiest way to get in and around Southend. 

  • Fenchurch Street to Southend Central (c2c line)
  • Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria (Abellio Greater Anglia).

The journey time on both lines is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Two major roads - the A127 and A13 link Southend to the M25.

From the north Southend is accessible via the A1, M11, M25 (Junction 29 - 20 miles) & A127.

From the south, Southend is reached via the M25 (Junction 30 - 26 miles) Dartford Tunnel & A13.


There are over 10,000 Council-managed car parking spaces in Southend. For coaches there is parking and other driver facilities at Seaway Coach Park, located on Lucy Road, Southend. Please note that the coach bays along the seafront are strictly for coaches to drop-off and pick-up passengers and must not be used for parking.

Click here for a car park map of Southend.


National Express operates to/from London Victoria, with the ‘305' service connecting to Southend. The journey time is approximately 2 to 2½ hours.


An extensive Arriva network of buses operates between Southend Travel Centre, just off the High Street, in and around Southend and surrounding towns.

The First X30 runs hourly 7 days a week from London Stansted Airport into Southend Travel Centre.


Southend is extremely well connected for air travel and is within easy reach of five airports:

  • London Southend Airport - Approx. two miles from the centre of Southend and 18 miles from Junction 29 of the M25.
  • London City Airport - 35 miles
  • London Stansted Airport - 40 miles
  • London Gatwick Airport - 59 miles
  • London Heathrow Airport - 78 miles


Across the town significant investment has been made in upgrading the infrastructure of Southend-on-Sea, with major upgrading of the road and cycle networks.

Support for sustainable travel contuinues with the Ideas in Motion programme which offers free travel planning advice for residents and businesses alike.

Better Southend offers further information on current priogrammes at work within Southend to boost the infrastrusture of the town and the connectivity of Southend with the surrounding area and beyond.

Head to the Better Southend webpage, or follow @BetterSouthend on Twitter.