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Transport in Southend on Sea


London Southend Airport has been rated the best London terminal in the 2017 Which? Airport Passenger Survey.

With easy access to London, Southend and the rest of the South East via train and coach/bus links.  You can be in heart of London within an hour.

Flights arrive in London Southend Airport from all over Europe with further destinations being regularly announced.

Visit the London Southend Airport website for further information.


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

  • London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness (c2c)
  • London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria (Greater Anglia).

Journey times approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour

For details on the c2c line visit the c2c website

For details on the Greater Anglia visit the Greater Anglia website 


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) and A127.
  • From the south, Southend is reached via the M25 (Junction 30 - 26 miles) Dartford Tunnel and 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.

Visit the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council website for further information.


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

Both Arriva and First Group run services. For more information visit Arriva and First Group websites.

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 continues with the Forward Motion programme which offers free travel planning advice for residents and businesses alike. To find out more about this programme visit the Foward Motion website.