Covid-19 - You can now use buses and trains for leisure travel, but please check current advice before travelling.

Car-free offer: 50% off entry *

How to get toRSPB Rainham Marshescar-free

COVID-19 advice

The reserve is now open – for opening times and arrangements see website.  

Please follow current advice about using public transport. Cyclists welcome – plan your route here.

Step-by-step directions

Please check current advice before travelling

How to get to RSPB Rainham Marshes car-free:

Trains run every 30 minutes from London Fenchurch Street to Purfleet, taking half an hour. Purfleet is the closest station (not Rainham).

Train times and tickets

From Purfleet station it's an easy 20-minute walk to the visitor centre - follow the brown signs along the riverside path - see map.

Open map

Bus 44 also runs regularly from Lakeside and Grays, stopping near the reserve entrance on Tank Hill Road.

  • Bus times from:
    Lakeside & Grays

It's a 10-minute walk from the bus stop to the visitor centre - see map

Open map

About RSPB Rainham Marshes

Just a half-hour train ride from the centre of London, Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife - birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. Enjoy an adventure into nature, whether you explore this medieval landscape on foot or by bike. You'll find a cafe, shop and bike hire at our Visitor Centre.

We have a number of hides which give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars – but you can hire a pair from us for the day, or buy a set from our range. Children can enjoy our adventure and toddlers playgrounds, climb our climbing boulders or join one of our family activities or events.

  • County: Essex
  • Address: New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ
  • Refreshments: RSPB cafe on site
  • * Car-free offer: 50% off entry when you arrive by train, bus or bike, plus 10% off in cafe!
  • Sunset over RSPB Rainham Marshes

Plan your door-to-door journey

Please check current advice before travelling

Reverse Route

About RSPB Rainham Marshes

Just a half-hour train ride from the centre of London, Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife - birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. Enjoy an adventure into nature, whether you explore this medieval landscape on foot or by bike. You'll find a cafe, shop and bike hire at our Visitor Centre.

We have a number of hides which give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars – but you can hire a pair from us for the day, or buy a set from our range. Children can enjoy our adventure and toddlers playgrounds, climb our climbing boulders or join one of our family activities or events.

  • County: Essex
  • Address: New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ
  • Refreshments: RSPB cafe on site
  • * Car-free offer: 50% off entry when you arrive by train, bus or bike, plus 10% off in cafe!
  • Sunset over RSPB Rainham Marshes
Bike routes

NCN Route 13 runs through the reserve right to the visitor centre. Enjoy half price entry when you come by bike (and 10% off in the cafe!). Plan your route with cyclestreets.

Handy Tips

Save 1/3 on train tickets, with a group of 3 or more, with Groupsave.

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2020!