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There are 4 ways to get from Ilford to Chelmsford by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  42 min

  1. Take the train from Ilford to Shenfield
  2. Take the train from Shenfield to Chelmsford

£8 - £13

3 alternative options

Line 86 bus, train  •  1h 40m

  1. Take the line 86 bus from Ilford, Hainault Street to Romford Station 86 / ...
  2. Take the train from Romford to Chelmsford

£8 - £14

Taxi  •  30 min

  1. Take a taxi from Ilford to Chelmsford 23.8 miles

£150 - £190

Drive  •  30 min

  1. Drive from Ilford to Chelmsford 23.8 miles

£3 - £6

Ilford to Chelmsford by train

The train journey time between Ilford and Chelmsford is around 45 min and covers a distance of around 22 miles. The fastest train normally takes 36 min. Services are operated by TfL Rail and Greater Anglia. Typically 514 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
45 min
Fastest train time:
36 min
Trains per week:
514
Cheapest price:
£8
Carbon emissions:
1 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:06
Last train departs at:
23:41

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Ilford to Chelmsford train schedules

Ilford → Chelmsford
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The most affordable way to get from Ilford to Chelmsford is to drive, which costs £3 - £6 and takes 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ilford to Chelmsford is to taxi which costs £150 - £190 and takes 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Ilford to Chelmsford. However, there are services departing from Ilford and arriving at Chelmsford via Shenfield. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 min.

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The distance between Ilford and Chelmsford is 21 miles. The road distance is 23.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Ilford to Chelmsford without a car is to train which takes 42 min and costs £8 - £13.

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It takes approximately 42 min to get from Ilford to Chelmsford, including transfers.

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Ilford to Chelmsford train services, operated by TfL Rail, depart from Ilford station.

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Ilford to Chelmsford train services, operated by Greater Anglia, arrive at Chelmsford station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ilford to Chelmsford is 24 miles. It takes approximately 30 min to drive from Ilford to Chelmsford.

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  • Distance: 21.1 miles
  • Duration: 42 min

What companies run services between Ilford, England and Chelmsford, England?

You can take a train from Ilford to Chelmsford via Shenfield in around 42 min.

Train operators
TfL Rail
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Train from Ilford to Shenfield
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Website
TfL Rail
Offpeak (Contactless or Oyster)
£4 - £6
Peak (Contactless or Oyster)
£6 - £10
Greater Anglia
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Train from Shenfield to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
8 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£4 - £7
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Romford to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £12
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
London Buses

London’s bus network covers Greater London with a 24-hour service, allowing you to take in the famous monuments and streetscapes from an iconic red double-decker bus. All London buses are all cashless, so you will need an Oyster card, Travel card or use contactless payment. You can also purchase a one-day bus-only pass from Tube stations. On the bus, you only need to touch on with your Oyster card (not off).

Contact Details
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Bus from Ilford, Hainault Street to Romford Station
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
£2
Website
Transport for London
Other operators
Taxi from Ilford to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
30 min
Estimated price
£150 - £190
Twelve Transfers
Phone
+44 20 3479 5700
Website
twelvetransfers.co.uk
Longbridge Cars
Phone
+44 20 8507 7724
A to B Minicabs
Phone
+44 20 8594 9290
Stratford City Cars
Phone
+44 20 8555 5454
Website
stratfordcitycars.co.uk
Seven Fives
Phone
+44 20 8555 5555
Eurolink Cars
Phone
+44 20 8555 8888
Website
eurolinkcars.co.uk

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