In August 2005 the borough was declared best local authority area to live in the United Kingdom by the Channel 4 programme The Best and Worst Place to Live in the UK. The low crime rate, good education and open spaces were cited as attractive. By October 2006 Epsom and Ewell's fell to eighth, losing marks due to a 'lack of entertainment facilities'. However, October 2007 saw Epsom and Ewell climb into third.
Railway stations in the borough include Epsom, Ewell East, Ewell West and Stoneleigh. Epsom Downs and Tattenham Corner stations sit on the borough borders. All stations except Epsom are in London Travelcard zone 5 and 6. The borough is just north of, and entirely within, the M25 motorway. Numerous buses serve the town, and Epsom Coaches and its bus division Quality Line are based in Epsom.