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There are 9 ways to get from Colchester to Rotterdam by train, car ferry, bus, car, 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  •  5h 23m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras Int. to Rotterdam Centraal Eurostar

$110 - $306

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Bus  •  13h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Colchester to Stansted Airport London 250
  2. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to London Victoria Coach Station
  3. Take the bus from London to Rotterdam

$36 - $56

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Car ferry  •  9h 14m

  1. Take the car ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland

$68 - $71

Drive, car ferry  •  5h 29m

  1. Drive from Colchester to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Rotterdam

$88 - $135

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  5h 13m

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

$233 - $268

Train to London City, fly to Rotterdam  •  3h 24m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to Stratford (London)
  2. Fly from London City (LCY) to Rotterdam (RTM) LCY - RTM

$93 - $317

Bus to London Stansted, fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Colchester to Stansted Airport London
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) STN - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$60 - $244

Train to London City, fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  4h 47m

  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 Rotterdam Centraal

$96 - $344

Train to Southend, fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, train  •  4h 55m

  1. Take the train from Colchester to Shenfield
  2. Fly from Southend (SEN) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) SEN - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$75 - $245

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colchester to Rotterdam is to bus which costs £27 - £45 and takes 13h 34m.

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The quickest way to get from Colchester to Rotterdam is to train and fly which costs £70 - £250 and takes 3h 24m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Colchester to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Colchester and arriving at Rotterdam via Stansted Airport London and London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 34m.

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The distance between Colchester and Rotterdam is 153 miles.

The best way to get from Colchester to Rotterdam without a car is to train which takes 5h 23m and costs £80 - £240.

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It takes approximately 5h 23m to get from Colchester to Rotterdam, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Colchester to Rotterdam is to train which takes 5h 23m and costs £80 - £240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £27 - £45 and takes 13h 34m.

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The quickest flight from London City Airport to Rotterdam Airport is the direct flight which takes 50m.

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Colchester to Rotterdam bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Rotterdam station.

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Map of how to get from Colchester to Rotterdam.
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  • Distance: 153.3 miles
  • Duration: 5h 23m

What companies run services between Colchester, England and Rotterdam, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Colchester to Rotterdam via London Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street station, King's Cross St. Pancras station, and London St. Pancras Int. in around 5h 23m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Colchester to Rotterdam via Stansted Airport London, London Victoria Coach Station, and London in around 13h 34m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
51m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $430
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $480
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Stansted to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $270
Flights from Southend to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from London City to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $500
Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from Colchester to London Liverpool Street
Ave. Duration
58m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Colchester to Stratford (London)
Ave. Duration
49m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Colchester to Shenfield
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras Int. to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$85 - $270
Premier
$200 - $310
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
26m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
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 to Stansted Airport London
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
National Express
Bus from Stansted Airport London to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
National Express
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
Ouibus
Ferry operators

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Rotterdam is 1h ahead of Colchester. It is currently 10:02 AM in Colchester and 11:02 AM in Rotterdam.

British Airways offers flights from London City Airport to Rotterdam Airport.

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There are 600+ hotels available in Rotterdam. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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