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

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Train  •  18 min

  1. Take the train from Chelmsford to Colchester

$10 - $15

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Bus  •  1 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Parkway to Colchester, Beverley Road 71A / ...

$6 - $10

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  27 min

  1. Take a taxi from Chelmsford to Colchester 24.4 miles

$100 - $130

Drive  •  27 min

  1. Drive from Chelmsford to Colchester 24.4 miles

$5 - $8

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The cheapest way to get from Chelmsford to Colchester is to drive which costs £4 - £6 and takes 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chelmsford to Colchester is to train which costs £8 - £12 and takes 18 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chelmsford City Centre, Parkway and arriving at Colchester, Beverley Road. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 14 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chelmsford and arriving at Colchester. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 18 min.

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The distance between Chelmsford and Colchester is 22 miles. The road distance is 24.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Chelmsford to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 18 min and costs £8 - £12.

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The train from Chelmsford to Colchester takes 18 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Chelmsford to Colchester bus services, operated by First in Essex, depart from Chelmsford City Centre, Parkway station.

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

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The best way to get from Chelmsford to Colchester is to train which takes 18 min and costs £8 - £12. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £5 - £8 and takes 1 h 14 min.

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Map of how to get from Chelmsford to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 21.5 miles
  • Duration: 18 min

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

Greater Anglia operates a train from Chelmsford to Colchester every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $10 - $15 and the journey takes 18 min. Alternatively, First in Essex operates a bus from Chelmsford to Colchester hourly, and the journey takes 1 h 14 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Bus operators
First in Essex
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Parkway to Colchester, Beverley Road
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
firstgroup.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 Chelmsford to Colchester
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
nationalexpress.com
Stephensons of Essex
Phone
01376 503050
Email
customerservices@stephensonsofessex.com
Website
stephensonsofessex.com
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Parkway to Colchester, Beverley Road
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
stephensonsofessex.com
Other operators
Taxi from Chelmsford to Colchester
Ave. Duration
27 min
Estimated price
$100 - $130
A1 Taxi
Phone
+44 1245 838383
Website
a1carschelmsford.com
Fareway Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 1245 355555
Website
farewaytaxisltd.com
Chelmsford Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 1246 600 155
Website
chelmsfordtaxisltd.co.uk

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Chelmsford to Colchester bus services, operated by First in Essex, arrive at Colchester, Beverley Road station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chelmsford to Colchester is 24 miles. It takes approximately 27 min to drive from Chelmsford to Colchester.

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