Ipswich-Martlesham Park and Ride

First Bus

Ipswich-Martlesham Park and Ride

Full details of the Park and Ride can be found at:

Operated by First In Norfolk & Suffolk

Some FAQs for the Park and Ride.

> Where do I Buy My ticket?

From the bus driver

> What does it cost?

Group Travel

£5  for a High Five Ticket valid all day – this covers a family or group of up to five people who travel together from Martlesham on both the outward and return journey into Ipswich. (This ticket allows a maximum of 2 adults)

£4  for a High Five Ticket off peak - valid after 12noon Mon – Fri and all day Saturdays.


£3 for an adult return ticket from Martlesham valid all day.

£2 for an adult return ticket from Martlesham off peak - valid after 12noon Mon – Fri and all day Saturdays.

Young Persons

£2 for a Young Person’s ticket valid all day (Young person aged 5 – 19)

£1.70 for a Young Person’s ticket valid after 12noon Mon – Fri and all day Saturdays

Concessionary Pass Holders

£1.50 for Concessionary Pass Holders to travel all day at both peak and off peak times and this also includes travel on any of First Bus’s Ipswich Town Zone bus services

> Are there any discounts?

Yes there is a Park and Ride smartcard called the Endeavour Card. You can use this to purchase a minimum of 10 trips on the Park & Ride for £25 for adults and £17.50 for Young Persons. The journeys are stored on the card and activated each time the card is used. Up to 60 journeys can be bought at any one time and there is no time limit on when the journeys have to be made by. For details see:

There are also weekly, monthly and annual discout tickets:

> What about Discounts for Regular Park & Ride Commuters?

Commuters who regularly use Park & Ride can join First’s Commuter Travel Club free of charge to gain further savings:

In the Ipswich Travel Zone a monthly commuter club card costs £46 and is valid for 1 month’s unlimited bus travel in the Ipswich zone.

There is also a Melton/Woodbridge/Ipswich Zone Commuter ticket costing £60 for 1 month’s unlimited travel in this zone.

See First’s website for details:

> What if I have a Bus Pass? Can I travel for free from the Park and Ride Sites?

No. The free travel scheme was withdrawn in April 2011.

Instead, Bus Pass Holders boarding at Ipswich or Martlesham Park & Ride sites can buy an all day ticket for £1.50 valid on the Park & Ride and for travel on any First bus in the Ipswich Travel Zone.

If you start your journey at stops such as Kesgrave High School or Kesgrave Fisheries instead of the Ipswich or Martlesham Park and Ride sites, then normal bus fares apply (including Concessionary fares).

> Where can I get the bus to and from?

There are Park and Ride bus stops at Kesgrave Fisheries, Kesgrave High School, Ipswich Hospital, (Woodbridge Road) and various stops in Ipswich town centre (including Tower Ramparts and Princes Street near to the Railway Station). The bus then stops outside Suffolk One Sixth Form Centre (selected stops only) and the London Road Park & Ride site. At off-peak times one bus every hour travels to Woodbridge, Melton and Rendlesham. See maps here:

> Do Park & Ride services stop at Suffolk One Sixth Form Centre?

Yes. Please see the full 800 bus timetable for details of the services which stop on Scrivener Drive.

> I’ve heard there is an extension of the Park and Ride to Woodbridge and Rendlesham. How does this work?

One bus per hour at off peak times extends beyond the Martlesham Park and Ride site to Rendlesham. This service calls at all stops after the Martlesham Park & Ride Site. It travels via the Black Tiles bus stop then goes directly to Woodbridge (not via the Woodbridge estates) to the Turban Centre. It then continues to Melton, Eyke and Rendlesham. See detailed map here (4 pages),

and timetable details here,

> What times do Park & Ride Service run?

Mondays to Fridays, excluding Bank Holidays: every 15 minutes between 0655 and 1840 (from Martlesham). The last P&R bus leaves London Road Park & Ride at 1850 and from opposite the Old Cattle Market bus station at 1903.

After these times the Route 66 service will call at Martlesham Park & Ride. The 66 service leaves Ipswich Railway Station at 1915, 1945, 2015, 2115, 2215 and 2315.

On Saturdays the first P&R bus from Martlesham P&R is at 0700 and the last leaves at 1840. The first bus from London Road P&R leaves at 0700 and the last bus at 1845.

There is no service on Sundays except during the Christmas period.

You can find a full timetable here:

> What about bus travel once I get to Ipswich?

Ask the driver for an Ipswich Zone Ticket when you board the Park & Ride bus. This will provide free travel on all First’s services in the Ipswich Zone.

The Ipswich Zone Ticket costs £5 for adults, £3.60 for Young Persons and £8 for a High Five group. It is valid all day.

> Can I use First’s Weekly, Monthly, 10 day, 3 Monthly or Yearly Passes on the Park and Ride?

Yes, any of these passes valid in the Ipswich Zone can be used on the Park and Ride. The Ipswich Zone Day, Week & Monthly tickets can also be purchased on board Park & Ride buses.

> What happens if I miss the last Park and Ride bus home?

Don’t panic! You can catch the route 66 bus back to Kesgrave. These buses will now drop you off at the Martlesham Park and Ride site itself. The exit gates at the site are left open, so you won’t find your car or bike locked-in! Park & Ride tickets will be valid on these services and the P&R site car parks are open 24 hours a day.

> Can I use Park and Ride if I don’t have a car?

Yes, the cost is the same whether you walk, cycle or drive to the Martlesham P&R site. Cycle parking stands are provided.

> Are the services accessible to those with disabilities or baby buggies?

Fully accessible low-floor buses are used. The terminal building at Martlesham has a heated waiting area, accessible toilets and baby change facilities.


Last update on Tuesday 05 Mar 2019 by Alan Comber.

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