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There are 4 ways to get from Bedford to Colchester by train, bus or car

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Train via London St Pancras International  •  1 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Bedford to London St Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

$48 - $72

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Bus  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Bedford, Bus Station to Cambridge, Parkside X5
  2. Take the bus from Cambridge Parkside to Stansted Airport London 727 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester 250 / ...

$14 - $26

2 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Bedford to Farringdon
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

$48 - $69

Drive  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Bedford to Colchester 76.4 miles

$16 - $24

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The cheapest way to get from Bedford to Colchester is to drive which costs £12 - £19 and takes 1 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bedford to Colchester is to drive which costs £12 - £19 and takes 1 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bedford station to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Bedford, Bus Station and arriving at Colchester via Cambridge Parkside and Stansted Airport London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 30 min.

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The distance between Bedford and Colchester is 61 miles. The road distance is 76.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Bedford to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 1 h 57 min and costs £35 - £60.

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It takes approximately 1 h 57 min to get from Bedford to Colchester, including transfers.

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Bedford to Colchester bus services, operated by Stagecoach in Bedford, arrive at Bedford, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Bedford to Colchester is to train which takes 1 h 57 min and costs £35 - £60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £10 - £21 and takes 4 h 30 min.

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Bedford to Colchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Colchester station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bedford to Colchester is 76 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 30 min to drive from Bedford to Colchester.

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Map of how to get from Bedford to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 61.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 57 min

What companies run services between Bedford, England and Colchester, England?

You can take a train from Bedford to Colchester via London St Pancras International, King's Cross St. Pancras station, Liverpool Street station, and London Liverpool Street in around 1 h 57 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bedford to Colchester via Cambridge, Parkside, Cambridge Parkside, and Stansted Airport London in around 4 h 30 min.

Train operators
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Bedford to London St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$11 - $17
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $35
Anytime Single
$30 - $50
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Bedford to London St Pancras International LL
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Bedford to Farringdon
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Bus operators
Stagecoach in Bedford
Phone
+44 1234 220030
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Bedford, Bus Station to Cambridge, Parkside
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cambridge Parkside to Stansted Airport London
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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