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🚘 Away Day Guide: Ipswich Town

All you need to know!

23 April 2023

Club News

🚘 Away Day Guide: Ipswich Town

All you need to know!

23 April 2023

The Grecians hit the road for one last time this season on Saturday and head to Portman Road for the first time since 1998 to face Ipswich Town in a 3pm kick-off.

Making the trip? Check out all you need to know:

Match Tickets

We have been given an allocation of 1363 tickets in the Cobbold Stand at the following prices, including an allocation in the lower tier which is recommended for ambulant disabled and those attending with younger children over the age of 5:

Please note: There is no pay on the day available.

Ticket Type Block V1/V2 Block S LOWER TIER (ambulant/children over 5) Block DA Wheelchair
Adult £27 £23 £20
Senior 65+ £20 £17 £16
Under 23 £14 £13 £13
Under 19 £7 £6 £6

Disabled Ticketing - There are 4 pairs of tickets for wheelchair users; these are in the Magnus Group West Stand (Block DA) and not with the rest of your supporters. This is a mixed home/away fan disabled area.

There are also 24 tickets for ambulant disabled supporters located in Block S in the Lower Tier of the Cobbold Stand.

These will be alongside City supporters that wish to sit and enjoy the game. Ipswich Town ask that these are made up by those attending with younger children (Over 5) or those unable to stand for long periods.

Ambulant disabled supporters wishing to sit in the Upper Tier can do so but please note that there is no lift access or accessible toilet facilities in this area.

For Disabled Parking, please contact Ipswich's Disability Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400 556. 

How To Buy

Tickets are available via your online ticketing account or in the club shop.


The Stadium

  • Name: Portman Road
  • Opened: 1884
  • Capacity: 29,673
  • Address: Portman Road Stadium, Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Rd, Ipswich IP1 2DA


Travel Guide

By Car

The postcode for the stadium is: IP1 2DA. The distance from Exeter is 284 miles and takes around 4 hours and 45 minutes each way.

By Train

For those travelling by train, Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground.

The route from Exeter St Davids is via London Paddington – you may need to change at Bristol Parkway depending on time of travel. From London Paddington take the Elizabeth Line to Liverpool Street (or Stratford) where you pick up a train to Ipswich. Alternatively, you can take the Bakerloo Line to Oxford Circus and change to the Central Line for Liverpool Street.

The journey time is between 4 hours 15 minutes and 4 hours 40 minutes depending on connections and whether you need to change at Bristol Parkway for Paddington.

For those travelling by train there are a number of options that will get you to Ipswich in time for the game. For example, trains leaving Exeter at 06:27 (change at Bristol Parkway), 07:00, 07:52, 07:58 (note this connects at Stratford to Ipswich rather than Liverpool Street) and 08:27 (change at Bristol Parkway) which are scheduled to arrive into Ipswich at 11:05, 11:39, 12:06, 12:26 and 13:05 respectively. There are later options but these allow little time for delays.

After the game the trains leaving Ipswich to Liverpool Street at 17:09 and 18:11 connect to the 19:04 and 20:04 from Paddington to Exeter St Davids arriving into Exeter St Davids at 21:32 and 22:29 respectively. It is also possible to travel from Ipswich to Stratford at 18:41 from where you catch the Elizabeth Line to Paddington to connect to the 20:32 to Exeter St Davids, arriving at 23:35.

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, will be available for City's trip to Ipswich.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 6.15am for a fare of £40.

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton). All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.

For more information or to book please contact John Bishop on 07904 036334 or by email at: (after 6pm).

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Car Parking

There is no official stadium car park, but there is parking all around the ground.  The closest is a large car park on Portman Road (right by the away end, post code IP1 2BP), though this can be full by 1.45pm or even earlier, on a Saturday matchday. 

There are also large car parks on West End Road (5 minutes’ walk away, post code IP1 2DZ) and at the railway station (less than 10 minutes, postcode IP2 8AL). The town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk, and has numerous car parks, as you’d expect. Being a town centre ground, most streets are controlled (residents only) parking, so free on-road parking tends to be at least a 20-minute walk away.  As usual, the car parks nearest the ground are a bit slow to clear after the game – the further you park from the ground, the less likely you are to face lengthy traffic delays post-match. 

One good option is the railway station car park (it’s controlled by cameras, and the pay stations are by the entrance to the station – it costs £6 all day at weekends) - exit left onto Burrell Road / Ranelagh Road (B1075), then (after about a mile) left onto the A1214 to get out to the A14.  

At the Ground

Please note that Portman Road is a cashless stadium

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Matchday Programme

The 68-page matchday programme, priced at £3.50, can be purchased outside the stadium from the blue, tardis-like kiosks. Programmes are not for sale inside the ground.

Food and Drink

Food and drink facilities are what you’d expect (pies, confectionery etc).   Alcohol availability in the away end is determined on a match-by-match basis. Food and drink (alcohol if available) prices are as follows:

Portman Pie (Steak & Ale)


Chicken & Ham Pie


Chicken Balti Pie


Vegetarian Pie


Sausage Roll and Vegan Sausage Roll


Rollover Hotdog


Any Pie or Hotdog & Hot/Soft Drink & Crisps/Chocolate Bar (saving of 70p)




Grab Bags


Duo Chocolate Bar


Hot drinks (Tea, White Coffee, Black Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Bovril – all 12oz)


Soft Drinks (Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange Zero, Sprite Zero – all 500ml)


Belu Still Water 500ml


Capri Sun 200ml


Carlsberg 4.0 PET 500ml


GK IPA 3.6 PET 500ml


Stowford Press 4.5 PET 500ml


Red, White, Rose wine 187ml


Mixer Cans: Gin & Tonic, Vodka & Coke 250ml


Pubs for Away Fans

The Station Hotel (formerly the Riverside Hotel) is opposite the station, and is the official away pub.  It has a garden and TV screens, and up to four beers on handpump, mostly from the Greene King stable. 

Most pubs immediately around the ground are for home fans only, and few pubs around the town, if any, will welcome groups of away fans, especially wearing away team colours.  As always, couples, families and older people will find it a bit easier to slip into a town centre pub for a quiet beer or two.  Note that, on a match-by-match basis, police may designate other pubs in the town centre as home fans only.  This is more likely nowadays as there have been a number of pub closures in the immediate area around the stadium.  In practice, the smaller and the friendlier the away following, the easier it is to enjoy our many great pubs on a matchday. 

Staying in Ipswich?

The statue of Sir Bobby Robson is on Portman Road opposite the Cobbold Stand where away fans are located. Further along the road, diagonally opposite the club shop Planet Blue, you will find the statue of club legend Kevin Beattie which was unveiled on 18 December 2021. Diagonally opposite Kevin you will find the statue of another Town great, Sir Alf Ramsey. All three statues are the work of local sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn.
The stadium is just a short, 5-10 minute, walk to the town centre, with shops, cafes and restaurants.

The waterfront area is around a 15-minute walk from the ground, with a yachting marina and a range of cafes and restaurants. Note that the only pub that officially welcomes away fans is the Station Hotel (details below). Many pubs and bars in the town centre are strictly home fans only (more info below), whilst others are more relaxed – this does vary from match to match though. Just beyond the town centre, 15 minutes’ walk from the ground, is the beautiful Christchurch Park, with a renowned art gallery within the Tudor mansion building.

Total Distance

The distance from Exeter is 284 miles and takes around 4 hours and 45 minutes each way.

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