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

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Train  •  32 min

  1. Take the train from Colchester to Harwich Town

£8 - £13

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Line 104 bus  •  1h 11m

  1. Take the line 104 bus from Colchester Town Centre, Greyfriars to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue 104 / ...

£3 - £4

3 alternative options

Train via Manningtree  •  1h 1m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to Manningtree
  2. Take the train from Manningtree to Harwich Town

£7 - £13

Taxi  •  25 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colchester to Harwich 18.9 miles

£40 - £50

Drive  •  25 min

  1. Drive from Colchester to Harwich 18.9 miles

£2 - £5

Colchester to Harwich by train

The train journey time between Colchester and Harwich is around 31 min and covers a distance of around 19 miles. The fastest train normally takes 30 min. Operated by Greater Anglia, the Colchester to Harwich train service departs from Colchester and arrives in Harwich Town. Typically 18 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Colchester to Harwich train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Colchester to Harwich is to drive which costs £2 - £5 and takes 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colchester to Harwich is to taxi which costs £40 - £50 and takes 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Colchester Town Centre, Greyfriars and arriving at Harwich, Mayflower Avenue. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 11m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colchester and arriving at Harwich Town. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 32 min.

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It is 17 miles from Colchester to Harwich. It is approximately 18.9 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Colchester to Harwich without a car is to train which takes 32 min and costs £8 - £13.

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The train from Colchester to Harwich Town takes 32 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Colchester to Harwich bus services, operated by First, depart from Colchester Town Centre, Greyfriars station.

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

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The best way to get from Colchester to Harwich is to train which takes 32 min and costs £8 - £13. Alternatively, you can line 104 bus, which costs £3 - £4 and takes 1h 11m.

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Map of how to get from Colchester to Harwich.
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  • Distance: 16.7 miles
  • Duration: 32 min

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

Greater Anglia operates a train from Colchester to Harwich Town 4 times a day. Tickets cost £8 - £13 and the journey takes 32 min. Alternatively, First operates a bus from Colchester Town Centre, Greyfriars to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue every 3 hours. Tickets cost £3 - £4 and the journey takes 1h 11m.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Train from Colchester to Harwich Town
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£8 - £13
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Colchester to Manningtree
Ave. Duration
7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£3 - £6
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Manningtree to Harwich Town
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £7
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Colchester to Manningtree
Ave. Duration
7 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£4 - £6
TfL Rail
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Train from Colchester to Manningtree
Ave. Duration
7 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£2 - £4
Website
TfL Rail
Offpeak (Contactless or Oyster)
£2 - £4
Peak (Contactless or Oyster)
£3 - £6
Bus operators
Other operators
Taxi from Colchester to Harwich
Ave. Duration
25 min
Estimated price
£40 - £50
Five & Five Fours
Phone
+44 1206 544 444
Website
minicabservices.com
Colchester Taxis
Phone
+44 800 644 1946
A B Taxis Colchester
Phone
+44 1206 701 701
Website
abtaxiscolchester.co.uk

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Colchester to Harwich bus services, operated by First, arrive at Harwich, Mayflower Avenue station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Colchester to Harwich is 19 miles. It takes approximately 25 min to drive from Colchester to Harwich.

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