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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Colchester

$59 - $93

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Bournemouth Station to Hammersmith Bridge Road 035
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford
  3. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station (Chelm Rail Stn) to Colchester Town Centre, Osborne Street (Colch Bus Stn) 71 / ...

$34 - $48

2 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road to London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3 National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3 to Colchester National Express / ...

$60 - $76

Drive  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Bournemouth to Colchester 181.3 miles

$35 - $60

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bournemouth to Colchester is to bus and train which costs £25 - £40 and takes 5 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bournemouth to Colchester is to drive which costs £29 - £45 and takes 2 h 58 min.

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The distance between Bournemouth and Colchester is 146 miles. The road distance is 181.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 3 h 16 min to get from Bournemouth to Colchester, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bournemouth station to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road and arriving at Colchester via London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 50 min.

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

You can take a train from Bournemouth to Colchester via London Waterloo, Waterloo Underground Station, Stratford Underground Station, and Stratford (London) in around 3 h 16 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bournemouth to Colchester via London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3 in around 5 h 50 min.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Colchester
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Bournemouth Station to Hammersmith Bridge Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Bournemouth Station, Holdenhurst Road to London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Heathrow Airport T2 & T3 to Colchester
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station (Chelm Rail Stn) to Colchester Town Centre, Osborne Street (Colch Bus Stn)
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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