Frequently asked questions

How do I use the park and ride?

Find a parking space and park your car or cycle free of charge. A cycle rack is behind the building at London Road and cycle lockers can be found beside the terminal building at Martlesham.

There are marked family and disabled parking spaces with wider bays near the terminal buildings.

Wait in the terminal building for the next bus. The terminal houses a heated waiting area, information points and toilets/baby change facilities.

Purchase your ticket from the bus driver or the supervisor at either site. If you need to top up your smartcard please visit the supervisor's office.

Both sites and all the buses are fully accessible for wheelchair users.


What if I return late or apart from a group?

For return journeys after 7.00pm, other bus services operate close to both sites but you may need to pay a fare if it is not an Ipswich Buses service.  

Service 13 operated by Ipswich Buses operates from Tower Ramparts bus station to Tesco, near to the London Road site and is free for holders of Park and Ride tickets. 

View timetable for service 13.

The car park exits at both the sites are open 24 hours a day.

Please note that due to parking regulations no overnight parking is permitted.


Can I use my concessionary fare pass on Park and Ride?

Yes, Free Travel Bus Pass holders are able to buy a £1.50 single adult return ticket for the Park and Ride service which can be used at anytime.

Find out more information on the use of the concessionary bus pass on Park and Ride.


Can I use a PlusBus ticket on Park and Ride?

Yes, Ipswich Buses will accept PlusBus tickets on Park and Ride services.


Are the buses fully accessible?

All buses used on Park and Ride services are built to the latest super-low floor standards and to the requirements of disability discrimination legislation.

This means they all feature step-free entrances that can be lowered to kerb height, fold out ramps, spaces for wheelchairs and priority seating for the mobility impaired.

Please note that the spaces are intended for wheelchair users - we can also carry pushchairs/buggies in this space.


Are wheelchairs and shopping trolleys available to borrow?

Yes, if you find getting around town a struggle we have wheelchairs and shopping trolleys available for loan at the terminal buildings.

Simply leave a £10 deposit with the staff at the help point. This will be returned when you bring the trolley or chair back.

The stop opposite the Old Cattle Market bus station is also handy for the Ipswich Shopmobility centre. They have a range of facilities to help improve your experience of the town.


Do Park and Ride services stop at Suffolk ONE sixth form centre?

Yes, services leave Martlesham at 8.00am, 8.12am, 8.24am, 8.36am, 8.48am and then at 36 minutes past the hour until 3.12pm, 3.24pm and 3.36pm to Suffolk ONE on college days only.  

Passengers returning to Martlesham will need to use one of the journeys towards London Road before onward travel to the Martlesham terminal.


Can I park my car or bicycle at the Park and Ride sites without using the bus?

No, you can only park your car or bicycle at one of the Park and Ride sites providing you then pay to use the bus service into Ipswich.

Please note that you can walk to any of the Park and Ride sites and then pay to use the bus into Ipswich.


Can I park my car at the Park and Ride sites and then cycle into town?

No. Currently you can't park your car at either of the Ipswich Park and Ride sites and then use your bicycle to reach your intended destination.

A ticket for the Park and Ride bus must be purchased.


How secure are the Park and Ride terminals? 

Both terminals offer safety and security with exit control, CCTV coverage, defensive planting, good lighting, clear lines of site across the car parks and security fencing.

There is pro-active site management with staff on hand throughout opening hours, regular car park patrols and logging of incidents.

London Road has a telephone call box to enable customers to obtain assistance after hours.

At Martlesham there is a help point linked through to the CCTV control centre.


Are height barriers installed at any of the Park and Ride sites?

Yes, a height barrier is installed at the Martlesham entrance.

This barrier measures 6 feet, 6 inches (2 metres) in height.  


Can motorhomes use the service?

Due to the height barrier at the Martlesham site, motorhomes are currently only permitted at London Road.


Further Information

View timetable for Ipswich Buses service 13 (PDF 27.5KB).

Find out more information on the use of the concessionary bus pass on Ipswich Park & Ride.

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