Clacton is in Essex.
Road Exit the A12 at the Colchester North exit onto the A120, and then the A133 all the way into Clacton.
Train Trains run to Clacton every hour from London Liverpool Street and take approximately 90 minutes. If travelling from the Ipswich direction, change trains at Colchester North.
Bus and Coach
Buses serve Clacton from most parts of North-East Essex, including Colchester (every 30 minutes, approx. 1 hour journey time), Walton and Frinton (every 20 minutes, approx. 30 minutes journey time) and Harwich (every hour, approx. 45 minutes journey time). There are also 3 National Express coaches per day to London (#484, approx. 3 hours journey time) and 1 National Express coach per day to Liverpool, via Cambridge, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester etc (#350, approx journey time 12 hours to Liverpool). As there is no distinct bus station, finding the correct stop within the town centre can be a problem, mainly because of a lack of any maps, and the digital displays at each stop only show departures for that street.
The main town centre is fairly compact and can easily be covered on foot.
By Car Clacton is a fairly driver-friendly town with cheap, plentiful parking, although during the summer holidays or the Clacton Air Show, parking and traffic can be problematic.
By Bus The two main operators of suburban routes are First Essex and Hedingham Omnibuses. The former operates a handful of suburban routes at half-hourly intervals, one of which serves the out-of-town Tesco hypermarket. The latter operates regular shuttle services to the Clacton Common Shopping Village.
The town centre areas feature the usual high-street shops (Argos, WHSmith, Marks & Spencer etc), as well as plenty of seaside tourist shops. There are several decent sized supermarkets including Fiveways, Morrisons, Lidl and Tesco, the latter of which is quite a way out of town but can be reached by local bus.
The Clacton Common Shopping Village, located on an industrial estate on the edge of town, is one of two 'factory outlet' shopping malls in Essex (the other being Freeport, near Braintree). It mostly consists of numerous stores selling discontinued clothing lines at discount prices.
Esplanade  27-29 Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1UU Tel: 01255 220450
Lyndale Lodge Hotel 2-4 Colne Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1PX Tel: 01255 423340
Parade Hotel 11-13 Marine Parade East, Clacton-On-Sea, CO151PS Tel: 01255 222 020
Melrose Hotel 53 Marine Pde East, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6AD Tel: 01255 421392
Ocean Club Hotel Ltd 5 Marine Pde East, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1PT Tel: 01255 474693
Stonar Hotel 19 Agate Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1RA Tel: 01255 221011
The Sandrock 1 Penfold Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1JN Tel: 01255 428215
Premier Travel Inn Colchester Rd, Tendring, Clacton-on-Sea, CO16 9AA Tel: 0870 1977064 Warning not in clacton directly approx 1-2 out of town
Dudleys Hotel 22 Penfold Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1JN Tel: 01255 220372
UK Cottages has holiday cottages in Clacton and across Essex.
General precautions and common sense apply, avoid anywere that looks rough and try to avoid walking the streets at night. Jaywick to the west of Clacton is extremely impoverished and rundown (especially the Brooklands area), commercial areas and the beaches are safe, but wandering around residential streets is ill advised.