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There are 11 ways to get from Glasgow to Colchester by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6h 4m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to London Euston
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Colchester

£175 - £540

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Bus  •  11h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Glasgow to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Stansted Airport London
  3. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester East Hill/High Street

£23 - £32

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Train via Peterborough  •  7h 56m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Peterborough
  2. Take the train from Peterborough to Colchester

£88 - £423

Drive  •  6h 50m

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Colchester 413.8 miles

£60 - £95

Fly Glasgow to London City, train  •  4h 32m

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

£80 - £322

Train to Glasgow, fly to London Stansted, train  •  4h 51m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to London Stansted (STN) GLA - STN
  3. Take the train from Chelmsford to Colchester

£43 - £193

Fly Glasgow to London Heathrow, train  •  5h 6m

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

£72 - £290

Bus to Edinburgh, fly to London Stansted  •  5h 4m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
  2. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to London Stansted (STN) EDI - STN

£45 - £149

Fly Glasgow to London Gatwick, train  •  5h 7m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to London Gatwick (LGW) GLA - LGW
  2. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London Bridge
  3. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

£66 - £217

Fly Glasgow to London Luton, train  •  5h 31m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to London Luton (LTN) GLA - LTN
  2. Take the train from Luton to Farringdon
  3. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

£75 - £180

Fly Glasgow to Southampton, train  •  6h 13m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Southampton (SOU) GLA - SOU
  2. Take the train from Southampton Airport Parkway to London Waterloo
  3. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Colchester

£121 - £326

Glasgow to Colchester by train and subway

The journey time between Glasgow and Colchester is around 6h 31m and covers a distance of around 456 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 6h 19m. Operated by Avanti West Coast, London Underground (Tube), Greater Anglia and others, the Glasgow to Colchester service departs from Glasgow Central and arrives in Colchester. Typically 97 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
6h 31m
Fastest journey time:
6h 19m
Journey distance:
456 miles
Services per week:
97
Cheapest price:
£175
Carbon emissions:
38 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
04:26
Last service departs at:
18:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Glasgow to Colchester train and subway schedules

Departing Saturday, July 24, 2021

Glasgow → Colchester
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Colchester is 111.

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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Colchester is to bus which costs £23 - £35 and takes 11h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Colchester is to fly and train which costs £80 - £330 and takes 4h 32m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Glasgow to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Glasgow and arriving at Colchester East Hill/High Street via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Stansted Airport London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Glasgow to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Glasgow Central and arriving at Colchester via Euston station, Tottenham Court Road station and Stratford (London). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 4m.

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The distance between Glasgow and Colchester is 348 miles. The road distance is 413.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 6h 4m and costs £170 - £550.

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It takes approximately 6h 4m to get from Glasgow to Colchester, including transfers.

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

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Glasgow to Colchester train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from Glasgow Central station.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Colchester is to train which takes 6h 4m and costs £170 - £550. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £23 - £35 and takes 11h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 347.8 miles
  • Duration: 6h 4m

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

You can take a train from Glasgow to Colchester via London Euston, Euston station, Tottenham Court Road station, Stratford station, and Stratford (London) in around 6h 4m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Glasgow to Colchester via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Stansted Airport London in around 11h 40m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Glasgow to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£30 - £150
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Flights from Glasgow to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £190
Flights from Glasgow to London Gatwick via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£40 - £190
Flights from Glasgow to London Gatwick via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£40 - £190
Flights from Glasgow to London Luton
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £170
Flights from Glasgow to London Luton via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£35 - £170
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to London City
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £380
Flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £300
Flights from Glasgow to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £310
Flights from Glasgow to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £380
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £380
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to London Stansted via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£16 - £150
Flights from Glasgow to London Gatwick via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£30 - £110
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£110 - £460
Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Colchester
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£20 - £30
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Peterborough to Colchester
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£40 - £65
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Chelmsford to Colchester
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£9 - £15
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£22 - £35
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Stratford (London) to Colchester
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£21 - £26
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£21 - £26
Train from Chelmsford to Colchester
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£10 - £13
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£10 - £13
Train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£23 - £28
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£23 - £28
Train from Gatwick Airport to London Bridge
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £16
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£12 - £16
Train from Luton to Farringdon
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£14 - £18
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£14 - £18
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Peterborough
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£45 - £360
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£45 - £70
Anytime Day Single
£160 - £230
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£250 - £360
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £5
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£2 - £4
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£3 - £5
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 Glasgow to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£14 - £18
Website
National Express
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Stansted Airport London
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £7
Website
National Express
Bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester East Hill/High Street
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£4 - £7
Website
National Express
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Edinburgh Airport, Airport
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£9 - £13
Website
Scottish Citylink

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The quickest flight from Glasgow Airport to London City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Glasgow to Colchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Colchester East Hill/High Street station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Glasgow to Colchester is 414 miles. It takes approximately 6h 50m to drive from Glasgow to Colchester.

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

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