About Southend

Transport Links

Southend by road:

Southend has two major roads which link Southend to the M25, London's orbital motorway.

  • 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

Parking: 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 City Council website for further information.

Southend by air:

London Southend Airport has been voted London's Best Airport of 2019 and Best Airport in Britain 2018. This airport is accessible by road and has its own rail station. If you want to get to London fast, central London is an 13 minute Helicopter ride away.

We also have two airports which are less than one hour by road.

  • London Stansted Airport
  • London City Airport

Southend by rail:

Southend-on-Sea us served by two main train lines into central London

  • under 50 minutes to London Fenchurch Street
  • 45 minutes to Stratford and HS1 rail access to Europe
  • 40 minutes to West Ham and the Jubilee Line
  • 34 minutes to Shenfield Crossrail

Southend by bus

An extensive network of buses operates between Southend and the surrounding areas.

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 is supported with the Forward Motion programme, which offers free travel planning advice. To find out more about this program visit the Forward Motion Website.

Southend by sea:

DP World London Gateway Port - state of the art deep sea port is just 17 miles away up river.Image of a map of Southend