Plan your day out in Clacton-on-Sea

Golden sand, lifeguards, easy parking… Clacton beach truly ticks that family box.The largest town on the Essex Sunshine Coast, Clacton is all about classic seaside fun with its Victorian pleasure pier, seafront gardens and golf course. Not to mention the 23 new beaches nearby, thanks to a multi-million pound coastal defence project from Clacton Pier to Holland Haven.

Town centre

In among Clactons busy coastal town is Clacton's factory outlet. You'll find lots of big-name brands there, some of which include Marks and Spencer, JD sports, Claire’s Accessories and Costa Coffee

With varied, new and interesting stalls the Clacton covered market is the longest serving market in Clacton. Not only does the market offer this, but in the heart of the market sits a popular cafe which offers cakes and scones to enjoy

Clacton pier

Clacton’s most must-see site has to be Clactons pier. With not only various different rides ranging from Helter Skelters, dodgems and rollercoasters. There is also a wide range of things to do for all the family including adventure golf at their brand new 18 Hole all weather adventure golf course. With also the only figure of 8 golf double deck golf kart track in Europe. There is also the chance to see a wide range of tropical fish at their SeaQuarium located on the pier.

Why not whilst you're there also try to score a strike at the new, state-of-the-art tenpin bowling centre at Clacton Pavilion.

Visit the Clacton Pier website
Water sports

This is the place to go for water sports in Essex. PUSH Kiting offers lessons in every kite sport under the sun or, if being underwater is more your thing, book a Try Dive at Clacton Scuba School.

Restaurants and pubs

There are also many different restaurants and pubs to enjoy in Clacton while on your visit. There is a wide range of different types of food such as Aroy Thai serving delicious Thai food. As well as this there are several different tea rooms located in the centre. Why not also visit El Guaca Mexican Grill which serves up tasty spicy food with a side of sea views. Not only this but Clacton also offers places to enjoy a drink by the sea such as at The Kingscliff Hotel, which is a short stroll along the promenade is 1930s classic where the rooms are bright and airy, the restaurant is busy and there’s an outdoor terrace to drink in the sea air.

Clacton also has a wide range of takeaway restaurants and fast food places including different fish and chip restaurants to be able to enjoy your dinner by the sea. As well as this there is also a wide range of chain fast food restaurants and many kiosks situated near the pier offering food such as ice cream and doughnuts to enjoy by the sea front.

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Staffing level Part time
Information systems
  • DepartureScreens
  • Announcements
Station operator Greater Anglia
Ticket office opening times
  • Monday to Friday: 05:15 - 18:00
  • Saturday: 05:15 - 18:00
  • Sunday: 07:15 - 16:30
Pre-purchase collection Yes
Ticket machine Yes
Smartcards issued here Yes
Top up Smartcards here Yes
Validate Smartcards here Yes
Smartcards information

Greater Anglia Smartcards can be obtained from

Penalty fares LE
Top up Smartcards here Yes
Customer service information

Monday-Saturday 08:00-20:00Sunday 10:00-20:00Bank Holidays 09:00-18:00

The hours shown are for the Customer Relations team on 0345 600 7245 (option 8).

Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Left luggage
Lost property
  • Monday to Sunday and All bank holidays: 24 hours
Seated area
Waiting room
Station buffet

The Station Bar

'Steam' kiosk serving hot and cold drinks, newspapers, confectionary, and pastries

Self-service vending machine providing cold drinks and snacks


The toilets are located in the station building and can be accessed from the station concourse. An accessible toilet is available for radar key holders. All toilets at this station are scheduled to be open at the following times:

Monday - Friday 05:15 - 17:30Saturday 05:15 - 17:30Sunday 07:15 - 16:00

Baby changing facilities
Post box
ATM machine

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0800 028 28 78


08:00 - 20:00

  • Monday to Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00
Staff help

Assistance at this station is provided by a staff member during ticket office opening hours. On board conductors also operate on this route and can provide assistance to board and alight at all times. Booking is recommended.

What assistance is available for customers using this station?

  • Board and alight
  • Ramp assistance
  • Luggage (on and off train only)
  • Ticket sale on board

How can Turn Up And Go (TUAG) assistance be requested by customers using this station?

  • By speaking with a member of station staff
  • By calling 0345 600 7245 (option 4)
  • By selecting the help button on the ticket machine at this station
  • By using the Help Point at this station
  • Monday to Friday: 05:15 - 18:00
  • Saturday: 05:15 - 18:00
  • Sunday: 07:15 - 16:30
Induction loop available Yes
Ticket machine
Accessible booking office counter available
Ramp for train access available
Accessible taxis information

Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster

National Key toilets available
Step free access

This station has step free access to all platforms.

This station is a category A station according to ORR station classification system.

Assistance meeting point is the ticket office.

Ticket gates
Impaired mobility set down available
Car park 1 Station Car Park
Car park 1 operator National Car Parks Ltd
Car park 1 spaces 49
Car park 1 opening times
  • Monday to Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Car park 1 charges
  • Off-peak: £4.70
  • Daily: £6.80
  • Weekly: £27.00
  • Monthly: £115.00
  • Three monthly: £330.00
  • Annual: £1,150.00
Car park 1 contact details

Telephone: 0345 050 7080


Onward travel

Local bus services stop outside the station. Clacton On Sea is a PlusBus location click here to see the PlusBus map

Cycle storage available Yes
Cycle storage spaces 108
Cycle storage sheltered Yes
Cycle storage CCTV Yes
Cycle storage location

There are 24 cycle stands on the station concourse adjacent to Platform 2, and a secure cycle parking compound providing 60 spaces is also located on the station concourse, opposite the doors that lead to / from the booking hall. The secure cycle parking area requires smartcard access - please speak with station staff for further details.

Cycle storage types
  • Compounds
  • Stands
Rail replacement information

Rail replacement bus services pick up and drop off at the station forecourt, at the front of the station.

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