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

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Train  •  3 h 23 min

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

$59 - $93

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Bus, train  •  5 h 32 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, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn) to Colchester Town Centre, High Street (Colch High St) 70 / ...

$40 - $51

2 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Bournemouth Station to Heathrow Central Bus Station 205 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Colchester National Express / ...

$61 - $76

Drive  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Bournemouth to Colchester 181.3 miles

$35 - $60

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Bournemouth station to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Bournemouth Station and arriving at Colchester via Heathrow Airport London T2,3. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 55 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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The best way to get from Bournemouth to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 3 h 23 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 23 min to get from Bournemouth to Colchester, including transfers.

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Bournemouth to Colchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Bournemouth Station.

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The best way to get from Bournemouth to Colchester is to train which takes 3 h 23 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 55 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bournemouth to Colchester is 181 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 58 min to drive from Bournemouth to Colchester.

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There are 249+ hotels available in Colchester. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Bournemouth to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 145.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 23 min

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 23 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bournemouth to Colchester via Heathrow Central Bus Station and Heathrow Airport London T2,3 in around 5 h 55 min.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Colchester
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 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 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
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 Bournemouth Station to Hammersmith Bridge Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Bournemouth Station to Heathrow Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Colchester
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com
First in Essex
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn) to Colchester Town Centre, High Street (Colch High St)
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$11
Website
firstgroup.com

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