There are frequent InterCity services between Colchester and London Liverpool Street (50 minutes) and Norwich (one hour). There are also frequent services to Colchester (and London) from Harwich International Port, Clacton and Sudbury.
N.B.: Colchester has two rail stations:
- "Colchester" (or Colchester North Station) is on the mainline connecting directly to London and Norwich, and is located at a 10 minute bus ride north of the town.
- "Colchester Town" is on a regional line running between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.
For more details visit the National Rail website.
Fixing the Link - Walk from Colchester Station to the Town Centre
If you're arriving at Colchester main station, you can take the one mile Fixing the Link walking route, which will take you approximately 20 minutes.
On your journey you’ll discover a series of route markers combined with information plaques, revealing historical points of interest along the way.
The walk crosses the River Colne, passes through the site where North Gate once stood, one of the six Roman gates in our town wall, and takes you past the landmark building, St Peter’s Church.
By National Express Coach or Bus
By National Express Coach
Stansted Airport (London's third international airport) is just 50 minutes away from Colchester by road via A12/A120. Regular Coach transfer services are available between Marks Tey Train Station and the airport.
There are multiple National Cycle Network Routes running through Colchester, connecting the town with places such as London, Harwich, and even the Netherlands through National Route 51, part of the North Sea Cycle Network.
Stena Line and DFDS Seaways operate ferries from Harwich to and from the Hook of Holland. Ferry timetables vary throughout the year, and some ferries may not run in certain seasons. Please check directly with ferry companies before travelling.
If you are looking to travel to Colchester by sea then take a look at aferry.co.uk where you can check ferry timetables, view special offers, compare prices and book tickets.
Colchester is only 30 minutes from Harwich International Port via the A120 and only 25 minutes by train.