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

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 36 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

$105 - $180

Cheapest option

Bus via London Victoria Coach Station  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Colchester National Express

$24 - $33

3 alternative options

Bus  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to Heathrow Central Bus Station 201 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street (Colch Bus Stn) 250 / ...

$76 - $93

Drive  •  3 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Colchester 224.8 miles

$45 - $70

Fly, train  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Southend (SEN) CWL - SEN
  2. Take the train from Shenfield to Colchester

$89 - $311

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The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Colchester is to bus which costs £18 - £25 and takes 7 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Colchester is to train which costs £75 - £140 and takes 3 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street (Colch Bus Stn) via Heathrow Central Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 25 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Colchester is 178 miles. The road distance is 224.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 3 h 36 min and costs £75 - £140.

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It takes approximately 3 h 36 min to get from Cardiff to Colchester, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Colchester bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff, Sophia Gardens station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Colchester is to train which takes 3 h 36 min and costs £75 - £140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £55 - £75 and takes 6 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 178.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 36 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Colchester, England?

You can take a train from Cardiff to Colchester via London Paddington, Lancaster Gate Underground Station, Liverpool Street Underground Station, and London Liverpool Street in around 3 h 36 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cardiff to Colchester via Heathrow Central Bus Station in around 6 h 25 min.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cardiff to Southend via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Cardiff to Southend via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Flights from Cardiff to Southend via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Southend via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $420
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $150
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Shenfield to Colchester
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $21
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 Cardiff, Sophia Gardens to Heathrow Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street (Colch Bus Stn)
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Colchester
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com

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