If you’re looking for great places to visit near London, Colchester is the perfect place to go for a day trip or longer holiday.
Colchester is just a 50 minute train-ride away from central London. Running at regular 15mn intervals during the day, it’s easy to travel from Colchester to London, or London to Colchester, for great flexibility during your holiday and days out.
How long does it take from Colchester to London by train?
Fast trains between Colchester and London take 50 minutes. Multiple stop trains usually take just over 1 hour.
Find timetable details on the National Rail website or from the Colchester Visitor Information Centre.
How do I get from Colchester to London?
Can you get a bus to Colchester from London?
Where else can I get to easily from Colchester?
Colchester is very well located to explore a variety of different places, including
- Shopping in Stratford
- Stansted Airport
- Dedham Vale and Constable Country
- East Anglia
- Coastal towns such as Harwich and Clacton-on-Sea
- Mersea Island
Is Colchester station easy to find?
There are two train stations in Colchester:
Colchester Station (or Colchester North station) is a mainline train stop connecting Colchester to London Liverpool Street and Stratford in just 50 mns.
The station is a 10mn bus ride away from Colchester town centre. Buses can be caught outside the station.
Alternatively, an historic walking trail, “Fixing the Link”, has been set up to enable you to walk from Colchester station to Colchester town centre. Find out more
Colchester Town Station is a regional train stop located in the town centre. Some trains from London stop at this station, or you can change from mainline trains from London at Colchester Station to regional trains. These trains are for Clacton-on-Sea or Walton-on-the-Naze. The train ride is 8 minutes.
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How to get to from London to Colchester by road
There is good access to Colchester from London via the M25/A12 or M11. A 1000 space park and ride facility is located at junction 28 of the A12 and is served by a frequent and direct service into the town centre. For more details on planning your journey, please contact the VisitColchester Information Centre of the AA website.
Find out more information about Travelling to Colchester