99, Southend Pier to Shoeburyness

Coastal capers and fun-packed frivolity on a rollercoaster of a seaside ride from lively Southend to sedate Shoeburyness with plenty of thrills on the way!


£5 return, £3 single for adults (£3 and £2 for children), £6.50 all day rover (£4 children) and a Group Ticket is £18.

Travel Type:


No. of Attractions:

5 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

21 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 30-60 minutes, buses run on Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays Sat 4th May - Sun 14th July Sat 7th - Sun 15th September buses run every day Sat 25th May - Sun 2nd June school summer holidays Sat 20th July - Sun 1st September

Starting point:

Southend Pier, Pier Hill Lift

How to get here

Journey fact:

Shoeburyness is home to the UK's only acoustic listening device known as the "Shoebury Boom," built in the 1930s. This concrete sound mirror, originally used to detect enemy aircraft before the advent of radar, is an unusual relic of pre-World War II military technology. It remains an intriguing historical artifact, reflecting the innovative yet now-obsolete methods of early aerial defense.

Journey Overview

It’s a thrilling start at Southend Pier with views over the Estuary and along the world’s longest Pier railway. Adventure Island with its whirlwind of rollercoasters and crazy rides is next door before the journey takes a more sedate feel, once the busy Sealife Centre has been passed and then along the Promenade to the delightful Southchurch Park, then picturesque Thorpe Bay with its delightful pastel coloured beach huts and the sedate bowling club on the left.

Curving inland slightly, past Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Shoeburyness approaches as the Thames Estuary merges with the North Sea. The views are blissful with Gunners Park on the right and the sea in the distance. It’s a perfect denouement to this brief but brilliant adventure as the bus nestles into Shoeburyness and the lovely East Beach – a wide sandy expanse, with a mix of pebbles and great views of fun-loving folk dabbling their toes in the water or building castles. There’s a more serene feel than Southend, where the journey commenced, but this is a town that is traditional, yet vibrant and with so much appeal.


A Fab Day Out!

Start your journey at the iconic Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world. Enjoy panoramic views of the Thames Estuary and take a leisurely stroll or ride the pier train. Nearby, the Pier Hill Lift offers easy access to the town’s upper and lower levels, perfect for exploring more attractions. Pop in next door on the shore at Adventure Island with its 40 rides, where there is certainly something for everyone, though not all for the feint hearted.

Then it’s on-board the bus and maybe stopping off first at Sealife Adventure which is a “must-visit” for families! This aquarium features a wide variety of marine life, from playful penguins to mesmerizing jellyfish. Interactive exhibits and feeding demonstrations make it an educational and fun stop.

Back on the bus to Southchurch Park which features beautiful gardens, a large boating lake, and open grassy areas perfect for picnics and relaxation. It offers sports facilities, including tennis courts and a cricket pitch, as well as a children’s playground. The park’s café provides refreshments, making it a popular spot for families and visitors to unwind and enjoy nature and a great retreat from the Southend seaside frivolity.

Onto the bus again, maybe as far as the Brewers Fayre for a meal break! Brewers Fayre offers a range of hearty dishes. Then it’s onto Thorpe Bay which has stunning views and if you fancy a luxurious afternoon tea then the Roislin Bay Hotel is highly recommended. Meanwhile, the beach is perfect for a tranquil seaside walk.

Then it’s on the bus to Uncle Tom’s Cabin & The Shorehouse – these seaside pubs offer a friendly atmosphere and scenic views. Enjoy a drink or meal while soaking in the coastal ambiance.

Onto the quaint streets of Shoeburyness, which have a charming village feel. Discover local shops and historic sites, adding a cultural touch to the trip. Shoeburyness East Beach is well worth exploring and is hugely peaceful and is ideal for picnics, beachcombing, or simply relaxing by the sea, away from the hustle and bustle of central Southend.


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