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There are 12 ways to get from Edinburgh 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.

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Train  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

$85 - $127

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Fly Edinburgh to London Stansted, bus  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to London Stansted (STN) EDI - STN
  2. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester

$29 - $130

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Train via Peterborough  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Peterborough
  2. Take the train from Peterborough to Colchester

$90 - $133

Train CrossCountry  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Sheffield
  2. Take the train from Sheffield to Leicester
  3. Take the train from Leicester to Stansted Airport

$193 - $316

Bus  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to Heathrow Airport London T2,3 National Express
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Colchester National Express / ...

$157 - $188

Drive  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Colchester 386.1 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Edinburgh to London City, train  •  4 h 19 min

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

$88 - $250

Fly Edinburgh to London Heathrow, train  •  4 h 47 min

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

$101 - $285

Fly Edinburgh to London Luton, train  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to London Luton (LTN) EDI - LTN
  2. Take the train from Luton Airport Parkway to Farringdon
  3. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

$79 - $194

Fly Edinburgh to Norwich, train  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Norwich (NWI) EDI - NWI
  2. Take the train from Norwich to Colchester

$125 - $353

Train to Glasgow, fly to London Stansted, bus  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to London Stansted (STN) GLA - STN
  3. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester

$48 - $152

Train to Newcastle, fly to London Heathrow, train  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
  2. Fly from Newcastle (NCL) to London Heathrow (LHR) NCL - LHR
  3. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

$145 - $456

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Colchester is to fly and bus which costs £22 - £100 and takes 4 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Colchester is to fly and train which costs £65 - £200 and takes 4 h 19 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Colchester via Heathrow Airport London T2,3. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Colchester via Peterborough. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 43 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Colchester is 328 miles. The road distance is 386.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 5 h 26 min and costs £65 - £100.

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It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to get from Edinburgh to Colchester, including transfers.

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

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Edinburgh to Colchester train services, operated by LNER, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Colchester is to train which takes 5 h 26 min and costs £65 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £120 - £150 and takes 12 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 328.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 26 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Colchester, England?

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Colchester via London Kings Cross, King's Cross St. Pancras station, Liverpool Street station, and London Liverpool Street in around 5 h 26 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Edinburgh to Colchester via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 in around 12 h 15 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Edinburgh to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Edinburgh to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Newcastle to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $420
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to London Luton
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to London Luton via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Flights from Glasgow to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $190
Flights from Glasgow to London Stansted via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $190
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Edinburgh to London City via Exeter
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Edinburgh to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $180
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $180
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Edinburgh to Norwich
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $360
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London City via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Edinburgh to Norwich via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Train operators
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $170
Train from Edinburgh to Peterborough
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$50 - $75
1st Class
$95 - $140
Train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $70
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Peterborough to Colchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Colchester
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Norwich to Colchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$65 - $100
Anytime Single
$100 - $160
Off-Peak Single
$110 - $170
Train from Leicester to Stansted Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $80
Train from Edinburgh to Newcastle
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $85
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Sheffield to Leicester
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$15 - $22
Off-Peak Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Single
$40 - $65
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
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 Edinburgh to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Colchester
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to London Stansted Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Edinburgh to Colchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Colchester station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Edinburgh to Colchester is 386 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 57 min to drive from Edinburgh to Colchester.

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Ryanair and easyJet offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to London Stansted Airport.

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There are 248+ hotels available in Colchester. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £3 - £5.

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