Transport to Colchester

Travelling to Colchester

By Rail

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.


Fixing the Link Trail

Fixing the Link

Fixing the Link pdf

By National Express Coach or Bus

By National Express Coach

There are daily services linking Colchester to all principal towns and cities in Britain, including regular services from London Victoria Coach Station and Stansted Airport. The Visitor Information Centre has timetable details.

For more details 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.

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

Buses in High Street

By Road

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.

Find out more information on Traffic England and Colchester Traffic.


There is a Park & Ride service available off junction 28 of the A12. 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.
Parking in Colchester

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.

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