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There are 5 ways to get from Cambridge to Colchester by train, bus or car

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Train  •  1 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to Ipswich

$32 - $46

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Bus  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Cambridge Parkside to Stansted Airport London National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester National Express / ...

$14 - $26

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  2 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to Stansted Airport
  2. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester National Express / ...

$18 - $59

Line 133 bus, bus  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the line 133 bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park 133
  2. Take the bus from Braintree Town Centre, Victoria Street to Colchester Town Centre, Osborne Street 70 / ...

$22 - $61

Drive  •  1 h 6 min

  1. Drive from Cambridge to Colchester 59.6 miles

$12 - $19

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The cheapest way to get from Cambridge to Colchester is to drive which costs £9 - £15 and takes 1 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cambridge to Colchester is to drive which costs £9 - £15 and takes 1 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cambridge to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Cambridge Parkside and arriving at Colchester via Stansted Airport London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 26 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cambridge to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Cambridge and arriving at Colchester via Ipswich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 45 min.

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The distance between Cambridge and Colchester is 40 miles. The road distance is 59.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 1 h 45 min and costs £24 - £35.

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It takes approximately 1 h 45 min to get from Cambridge to Colchester, including transfers.

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Cambridge to Colchester bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cambridge Parkside station.

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Cambridge to Colchester train services, operated by Greater Anglia, depart from Cambridge station.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Colchester is to train which takes 1 h 45 min and costs £24 - £35. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £10 - £21 and takes 2 h 26 min.

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Map of how to get from Cambridge to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 40 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 45 min

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

Greater Anglia operates a train from Cambridge to Colchester hourly. Tickets cost $25 - $35 and the journey takes 1 h 14 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cambridge to Colchester via Stansted Airport London in around 2 h 26 min.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from Cambridge to Ipswich
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Cambridge to Stansted Airport
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $17
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 Stansted Airport London to Colchester
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cambridge Parkside to Stansted Airport London
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
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
Bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
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arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Braintree Town Centre, Bus Park to Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
First in Essex
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Braintree Town Centre, Victoria Street to Colchester Town Centre, Osborne Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
firstgroup.com

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

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Cambridge to Colchester train services, operated by Greater Anglia, arrive at Ipswich station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cambridge to Colchester is 60 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 6 min to drive from Cambridge to Colchester.

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