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There are 9 ways to get from Colchester to Brussels by train, bus, bus and ferry, car, car ferry, car train 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.

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Train  •  4h 9m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil

€128 - €390

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  10h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Colchester East Hill/High Street to London Victoria Coach Station National Express
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Brussels

€19 - €26

7 alternative options

Train, bus  •  10h 23m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Brussels, Gare du Midi RegioJet

€39 - €55

Drive, car ferry  •  5h 43m

  1. Drive from Colchester to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
  3. Drive from Dunkirk to Brussels

€134 - €1357

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  4h 23m

  1. Drive from Colchester to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Brussels

€193 - €214

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Brussels  •  5h 17m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to London Liverpool Street
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Brussels (BRU) LHR - BRU

€76 - €591

Train, train to London Gatwick, fly to Brussels  •  5h 32m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to Stratford (London)
  2. Take the train from London Bridge to Gatwick Airport
  3. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Brussels (BRU) LGW - BRU

€185 - €625

Train, train to Birmingham, fly to Brussels  •  6h 26m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the train from London Euston to Birmingham International
  3. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Brussels (BRU) BHX - BRU

€111 - €590

Train to London City, fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to Stratford (London)
  2. Fly from London City (LCY) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) LCY - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi

€150 - €481

Colchester to Brussels by train and subway

The journey time between Colchester and Brussels is around 3h 19m and covers a distance of around 457 km. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 5m. Operated by Greater Anglia, London Underground (Tube) and Eurostar, the Colchester to Brussels service departs from Colchester and arrives in Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
3h 19m
Fastest journey time:
3h 5m
Journey distance:
457 km
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€128
Carbon emissions:
24 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
09:43
Last service departs at:
10:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Colchester to Brussels train and subway schedules

United Kingdom → Belgium
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International entry into Belgium from United Kingdom

  • Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Conditions of entry into Belgium from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition for subsequent release from quarantine. It is tested in quarantine on days 1 and 7
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Andorra, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and United States
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
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  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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Rules to follow in Belgium

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


No, entry into Belgium from United Kingdom is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Brussels is 800 14689.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Brussels is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Brussels is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 14689.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Belgium.

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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colchester to Brussels is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £16 - £23 and takes 10h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Colchester to Brussels is to train which costs £110 - £340 and takes 4h 9m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Colchester to Brussels. However, there are services departing from Colchester East Hill/High Street and arriving at Brussels via London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 7m.

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No, there is no direct train from Colchester to Brussels. However, there are services departing from Colchester and arriving at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi via Liverpool Street station and London St Pancras Eurostar. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 9m.

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The distance between Colchester and Brussels is 266 km.

The best way to get from Colchester to Brussels without a car is to train which takes 4h 9m and costs £110 - £340.

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It takes approximately 4h 9m to get from Colchester to Brussels, including transfers.

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Colchester to Brussels bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Colchester East Hill/High Street station.

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

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Brussels Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Colchester to Brussels.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 265.5 km
  • Duration: 4h 9m

What companies run services between Colchester, England and Brussels, Belgium?

You can take a train from Colchester to Brussels via London Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street station, King's Cross St. Pancras station, and London St Pancras Eurostar in around 4h 9m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€190 - €460
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €260
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €500
Flights from Birmingham to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€55 - €100
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €130
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €160
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €420
Flights from London Gatwick to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€140 - €550
Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Train from Colchester to London Liverpool Street
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€25 - €40
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Colchester to Stratford (London)
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Eurostar
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Bridge to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€14 - €18
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
€14 - €18
London Midland
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
€9 - €13
Anytime Day Single
€45 - €55
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Thalys
Standard
€60 - €85
Comfort
€70 - €95
Premium
€85 - €120
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 Colchester East Hill/High Street to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
National Express
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Brussels
Ave. Duration
6h 17m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€12 - €18
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from London, Victoria Green Line Station to Brussels, Gare du Midi
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
RegioJet
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€95 - €1300
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
€95 - €1300
Standard Car - Flexi
€150 - €190

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Colchester to Brussels bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Brussels station.

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Brussels is 1h ahead of Colchester. It is currently 10:22 PM in Colchester and 11:22 PM in Brussels.

Colchester to Brussels train services, operated by Eurostar, arrive at Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi station.

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Rwandair Express, Brussels Airlines and British Airways offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Brussels Airport.

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