Posted/updated January 2020
Ride the Norfolk Coasthopper!
Leave the car behind and discover the natural beauty of the north Norfolk coast…
Jump aboard the Coasthopper Bus Service which travels along the north Norfolk coast between King’s Lynn and Mundesley. It’s a great way to visit the villages and seaside towns along the glorious north Norfolk coast.
There’s no need to rush – you can discover this beautiful part of Norfolk at your own pace. Buses run every half an hour during the summer months and hourly during winter.
For timetable information, visit the links below. Also, see the Traveline website.
There are 2 bus services operating east of Wells, with different start and end locations, operated by Sanders:
Change at Wells to continue the journey west to King’s Lynn, operated by Lynx.
- Lynx Coastliner 36 Wells – King’s Lynn
These bus services, combined, cover an incredibly long stretch of diverse coastline, with beautiful places to explore – and enjoy fine food and drink…
Serving the community and visitors
Norfolk County Council established this popular coastal bus service in 1996 (initially in conjunction with the bus operator Norfolk Green). The Coasthopper was the first regular bus service along this part of Norfolk for many years.
In April 2018 the service switched from previous operator Stagecoach to Sanders (in combination with King’s Lynn based Lynx). It’s an invaluable service for the residents of the communities which the bus runs through.
The bus service runs in both directions – east and west along the north Norfolk coast. It’s a great way for visitors to enjoy this wonderful part of the county. When you catch the Coasthopper, there’s no need to worry about where to park the car or whether you have coins for the car park.
A greener way to travel
By setting up this alternative way to travel along the north Norfolk coast, Norfolk County Council are discouraging car dependency.
The council is keen to limit the high volume of traffic on the coast and surrounding roads. Using public transport helps to keep the small, quaint villages on the north Norfolk coast relatively traffic free.
Plus there’s the added advantage that by abandoning your car, you’ll be able to enjoy a glass or two of wine (or whatever tipple you prefer).
Villages to explore
Some of the less well known places to visit along the Coasthopper bus route are:
A Victorian seaside town built in 1846, known locally as ‘Hunston’. The town is renowned for it’s unique striped cliffs. Enjoy the spectacular sunset over the sea because Hunstanton is the only town on the east coast which faces west.
Catch a train to the lighthouse, explore rock pools, play a game of crazy-golf or simply take a stroll through Old Hunstanton and enjoy looking at the beautiful flower displays, traditional cottages and quaint pubs.
Located 4 miles from Hunstanton, next to the RSPB – Titchwell Nature Reserve and close to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve. A wildlife and bird watchers paradise, both places offer visitors unrivalled views of the Norfolk countryside and wildlife.
Thornham is a really pretty and quiet north Norfolk village that’s away from the hustle and bustle of modern life; it’s also home to the multi-award winning restaurant, The Orange Tree.
Burnham Overy Staithe
Between Burnham Market and the Holkham Estate is Burnham Overy Staithe. Once formed from salt marshes between dry land and sand dunes, it’s been reclaimed and now forms freshwater meadows.
Catch a ferry (summer season and in good sailing conditions only) to Scott Head Island National Nature Reserve – an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy this largely undisturbed island and to spot common and arctic terns, wildfowl and waders.
This part of Norfolk is run and maintained by Natural England, an independent public body responsible for managing national nature reserves, ancient woodlands and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Salthouse is made up of 66 hectares of marshland and areas of small pools. The marshes and its wildlife are the responsibility of the Norfolk Widlife Trust.
It’s another great spot to enjoy nature and a great place to see birds such as shore larks, marsh harriers, lapland buntings, barn owls, snow bunting and little egret.
The 500 year old church of St. Nicholas is also worth a visit. It’s a grand church that’s recently had it’s nave and chancel rebuilt. It frequently hosts art exhibitions during summer months.
Travel from Norwich to the coast
In addition to using the Coasthopper service you can travel by train from Norwich on the Bittern Line to the north Norfolk seaside town of Sheringham.
The Bittern Line Ranger
For one day’s unlimited travel on the train line and a bus ticket from Sheringham to Hunstanton, save money and time and purchase a Bittern Ranger ticket from the ticket office at Norwich Train Station. If alighting the train at any other station you can buy this ticket on the train and on the Coasthopper buses any time after 9am.
Please note if you catch the train from Norwich then tickets must be purchased before you board the train. Read their web page carefully before planning your journey.
The Bittern Line Ranger ticket includes travel on the Coasthopper bus service between Sheringham and Hunstanton, via Wells-next-the-Sea.
For one ticket price you can travel from Norwich via Hoveton and Wroxham (the Norfolk Broads) to the north Norfolk coast and on to Hunstanton. Adult, child and family one day tickets can be purchased.
It’s the smart way to explore this beautiful part of Norfolk.