Given Nuneaton's compact nature, it's fairly easy to navigate by foot, bicycle, bus or train, although most residents own their own vehicles. Families with children generally need a car to drive the kids around town, for family getaways, or simply for the convenience and freedom that it affords. Nuneaton's roads are good and not overly congested, and the town is close to major motorways.
Public transport in Nuneaton
Nuneaton is well connected by rail, and travelling by train is convenient for commuters who live in Nuneaton but work elsewhere. The town has two stations: one near the city centre called Nuneaton Railway Station, while the other newer station is located in Bermuda Park south of the centre on the Coventry line.
The Nuneaton Railway Station is served by the West Coast Main Line from London to the northwest, the Birmingham-to-Peterborough Line, as well as a line out to Coventry via Bedworth. Coventry is 20 minutes away by train, Birmingham is 30 minutes away, and the journey to London takes 1hr 15 mins.
Train tickets are affordable, and weekly and monthly discounts are offered.
Buses are widely used in Nuneaton. The principal operator is Stagecoach in Warwickshire and its main depot is located next to the fire station on Newtown Road. Arriva Midlands also runs bus services in Nuneaton. Tickets can be bought online or directly from the driver either in cash or via a travel smartcard. Those making regular use of bus services should invest in a smartcard as these are far more economical for frequent commuters.
Bus schedules vary according to the route and the company. Generally speaking, buses run every 20 minutes during the week and every hour on Sundays and public holidays.
Taxis in Nuneaton
There are several taxi companies operating in Nuneaton. Commuters can flag taxis down on the street or book one in advance via apps or online. More preferable and popular these days are ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft. These apps are considered safer, more convenient and cheaper than regular cabs.
Driving in Nuneaton
Those who plan to drive in Nuneaton will be happy to know that the road network is excellent, and that the town is well serviced by several big arterials.
Nuneaton is eight miles north of Coventry, 18 miles east of Birmingham and 16 miles southwest of Leicester. The M6, M42 and M69 motorways and the A5 trunk road are all easily accessible from Nuneaton, while the city centre ring road, the A444, handles congestion well and also becomes the high-speed dual-carriageway that runs south from town. The other major route is the A47, which links Nuneaton to neighbouring Hinckley and eventually Leicester.
Expats in the UK can drive on their licence from their home country until it expires, as long as they're from an EEA country. Non-EEA expats will have to replace their licence from home with a UK licence after 12 months.
Cycling and walking in Nuneaton
With the price of oil affecting vehicle owners and public transport users alike, more and more people are investing in a sturdy bicycle to get them from A to B, and it's no different in Nuneaton. The town has plenty of cycle paths for commuters, and plenty of leisure routes in and around town for both road and mountain bikers. Commuters can usually bring their bicycles on trains at no cost.
Nuneaton is quite compact and flat, which means walking isn't out of the question either. Many Nuneatoners walk to work, and those who aren't walking distance from their offices are usually able to walk to the nearest train station or bus stop.