How to get to Leiston, Suffolk

Travelling in & around Leiston-cum-Sizewell by the Suffolk Coast

All the need-to-know info, maps and more to help you love local in Leiston. Check out how to get to Leiston by public transport or where to find car parks and Visitor Information Points. Includes travel distances, local cycle routes, long distance footpaths, plus taxi/private hire and community transport services.

Quick getting around guide

Ipswich 25 miles / 40 kms
Norwich 37 miles / 60 miles
London 109 miles /175 kms
Saxmundham (& railway station) 4.5 miles / 7 kms
Darsham (& railway station) 6 miles / 9.5 kms

Sizewell/The coast 2.5 miles / 4kms
Thorpeness 3 miles / 5 kms
Aldeburgh 4.5 miles / 7 kms
RSPB Minsmere 4 miles / 6.5 kms
Dunwich 6.5 miles / 10.5 kms
Southwold 14 miles / 22.5kms

Local bus services run to market towns Saxmundham, Halesworth and Aldeburgh on the coast, where there are onward connections.

Info & timetables: SUFFOLK ON BOARD 

Nearest railway stations: Saxmundham (4.5 miles / 7 kms) / Darsham 6 miles / 9.5 kms

Regular service to Ipswich with connections to London (Liverpool Street), and to Lowestoft with connections to Norwich.

Info, tickets & timetables: Greater anglia TRAIN LINE  


From the south: A12 (from Ipswich /London) via A1094 and B1069 from Stratford St Andrew/Farnham or B1119 from Saxmundham

From the north: A12 (from Lowestoft) via B1122 from Yoxford.

From the coast: B1122 from Aldeburgh or B1353 from Thorpeness

Information about car parks in Leiston-cum-Sizewell is included on this page.

Car Park sites in Leiston-cum-Sizewell include:

• Main Street, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4ER
• Valley Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4AQ
• High Street, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4EL
• Sizewell Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4TX
• Sizewell Gap, Sizewell, Suffolk, IP16 4UH

The Pocket Guide to Leiston offers a quick overview of town centre car parks.

leiston pocket guide

Information boards around the town also include maps showing the location of car parks, attractions and public conveniences.

Find a parking space/ nearest car park: RingGo

To find spaces and/ or pay for parking, where parking charges apply – use East Suffolk Councils’ easy sign up RingGo parking service through the free to download RingGo app.


Signing up to RingGo is as easy as entering your car’s registration and your payment details.

RingGo allows you to:
• locate a parking place before starting your journey
• receive directions to find it
• see how busy local car parks are
• pay for your parking session
• extend your parking session if you need to

Leiston-cum-Sizewell is served by a number of local taxi and private hire businesses, including mini-bus operators.


Community transport services operate in and around Leiston, supporting travel to hospital appointments etc.

Community transport  

Leiston can be accessed by detours off the following  Sustrans national/ regional cycle routes:

  • National Cycle Route 1
  • Regional Cycle Route 41.
  • Regional Cycle Route 42 (just north of Leiston) can be easily accessed via local lanes.

sustrans info  route maps

Public footpaths, bridleways and byways link Leiston town to two fully waymarked long distance paths along the Leiston-cum-Sizewell stretch of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Oustanding natural Beauty.

local walks 

Suffolk Coast Path – 60 miles (part of England Coast Path) – Landguard Point, Felixstowe to South Pier, Lowestoft using foot ferries to cross the estuaries of the Suffolk coast 


Sandlings Walk – 59 miles – Bixley Heath ,Ipswich to Southwold Common


Leiston Pocket Guide Illustration


Download The Pocket Guide to Leiston for town map with car parks/ amenities.

leiston pocket guide

Information boards around the town also include maps showing the location of car parks, attractions and public conveniences.

Visitor Information Points in Leiston

There are a range of locator maps on information in and around Leiston to help you get your bearings.

More information is available from the Visitor Information Points and attractions/ amenities located at:

  • Leiston Film Theatre (VIP) 74 High Street, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4B
  • Leiston Long Shop Museum 15 Main St, Leiston IP16 4ES
  • Leiston Library Main St Leiston IP16 4ER
Visitor information points in Leiston