Travel and parking

Cycle tracks

Harlow has an extensive cycle track network linking up all areas of the town. If your journey is under five miles, cycling is often quicker than driving, especially during peak traffic times. Most destinations within Harlow are less than six miles from each other, making cycling an ideal mode of transportation.


Harlow has a network of over 300 bus stops spread across the town providing excellent transport facilities for its residents. The majority of bus routes are linked through the central Bus Station. More information on buses and bus passes


Use Taxi Check Live!™ to ensure that any taxi you use is licensed with Harlow Council. There are three taxi ranks in Harlow:

  1. in Terminus Street (Town Centre)
  2. outside The Harlow Playhouse (Town Centre)
  3. in front of Harlow Town railway station


Harlow is served by two railway stations;

Bus services and a taxi rank operate at the front of Harlow Town railway station. Cycle and car parking is available at both stations.

Car Parks

Harlow Council owns the following pay and display car parks in Harlow:

Residential parking, enforcement and permits

Enforcement of parking and waiting restrictions, both on Harlow streets and in Harlow Council owned car parks, is undertaken by the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP). The NEPP Civil Enforcement Officers and the Park Safe camera car, help to make the streets safer for all, traffic flow more freely and reduce congestion. A Penalty Charge Notice (parking fine) is issued to a vehicle owner where an infringement has been seen to take place.

Travelling in and out of Harlow

  • Travel by road: Harlow is off junction 7 of the M11 motorway. Harlow's close proximity to the M11 places the town within a short distance of London, the orbital M25, Cambridge, Stansted Airport and the A120. The A414 from Hertford to Chelmsford, runs directly through the town and provides links with the A10, as does the A1184 which also runs through nearby Sawbridgeworth to Bishop's Stortford.
  • Travel by rail: Harlow is served by two railway stations; Harlow Town railway station, which is located North West of the town close to the Town Centre, and Harlow Mill railway station, which is located North East of the town in Old Harlow.
  • Travel by air: Harlow has good road and rail connections to London Stansted Airport, which is less than 15 minutes from Harlow via the M11. London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports are easily accessible via the M25 Motorway with journey times taking about 50-90 minutes.

Directions to Harlow Council and maps

Essex Highways Service

The Essex Highways Service Information Centre provides information on public transport and Essex roads, including up-to-date bus timetable information to help you plan your journey. Essex County Council is also responsible for street lighting, potholes, gritting the main carriageways and gritting footways around Essex.

Find out more at