Transport to Colchester

Travelling to Colchester

Colchester Town Rail Station

By Rail

Colchester is on the London Liverpool St to Norwich line, around an hour's travel from each city. It also serves the branch lines to Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, and Harwich International Port.

Colchester has three stations; Colchester (also known as Colchester North) is the mainline station around a 20 minute walk from the Town Centre, Colchester Town is a branch line located in the Town Centre, and Hythe serves the East of the town and old port area.

For more details visit the National Rail Website or contact the Visitor Information Centre

Public Transport in Colchester

By Coach

There are regular National Express coach services linking Colchester Bus Station to and from London Victoria Coach Station and Stansted Airport.

For more details contact the Visitor Information Centre or visit the National Express website.

By Bus

Colchester Bus Station is located on Osbourne Street in the Town Centre and runs regular services locally and regionally. Essex County Council has information on local bus services or visit Travelinesoutheast to plan your bus journey. Further information is available from the Visitor Information Centre

You can also find out more information about coach drop-off and parking.

By Park and Ride

There is a Park and Ride service available off Junction 28 of the A12 operating Monday to Saturday.

With a 15 minute service frequency, it offers quick and easy access to the town centre in as little as 12 minutes, stopping also at Colchester Hospital and Colchester Station.

By Car

There is good access to Colchester from all parts of the country via the A12, M25 and A14. For more details on planning your journey, please contact the Visitor Information Centre or the AA.
Information on all car parks in Colchester as well as a map of Car Parks in Colchester is available from the Colchester Borough Council Website.

By Air

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.

For more details visit Stansted Airport's website, Stansted Airport Guide or Stansted Airport News.

Pedestrian Signage in Colchester Town Centre

By Bike

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.

For a map of local cycle routes within Colchester, visit Cycle Colchester, and find the best places to cycle in Colchester.

Cycling Signs in Colchester

By Sea

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 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.