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

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Train  •  18 min

  1. Take the train from Ipswich to Colchester

$8 - $13

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Rideshare  •  40 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Ipswich to Colchester 17.5 miles

$3

3 alternative options

Bus  •  1 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Ipswich, Railway Station to Colchester Town Centre, Greyfriars 93 / ...

$6 - $10

Taxi  •  22 min

  1. Take a taxi from Ipswich to Colchester 17.4 miles

$45 - $60

Drive  •  22 min

  1. Drive from Ipswich to Colchester 17.4 miles

$3 - $6

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ipswich, Railway Station station and arriving at Colchester Town Centre, Greyfriars. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 2 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Ipswich and arriving at Colchester. Services depart every 30 minutes. The journey takes approximately 18 min.

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The distance between Ipswich and Colchester is 16 miles. The road distance is 17.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Ipswich to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 18 min and costs .

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The train from Ipswich to Colchester takes 18 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Ipswich to Colchester bus services, operated by Ipswich Buses, arrive at Ipswich, Railway Station.

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

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The best way to get from Ipswich to Colchester is to train which takes 18 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 1 h 2 min.

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Ipswich to Colchester bus services, operated by Ipswich Buses, arrive at Colchester Town Centre, Greyfriars station.

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

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  • Distance: 16 miles
  • Duration: 18 min

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

Greater Anglia operates a train from Ipswich to Colchester every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $8 - $13 and the journey takes 18 min. Alternatively, Ipswich Buses operates a bus from Ipswich to Colchester hourly. Tickets cost $9 and the journey takes 1 h 2 min. National Express also services this route every 2 hours.

Train operators
Bus operators
Ipswich Buses
Phone
+44 800 919390
Email
info@ipswichbuses.co.uk
Website
ipswichbuses.co.uk
Bus from Ipswich, Railway Station to Colchester Town Centre, Greyfriars
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
ipswichbuses.co.uk
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 Ipswich to Colchester
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
nationalexpress.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Ipswich to Colchester
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Ipswich to Colchester
Ave. Duration
22 min
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Avenue Taxis
Phone
+44 1473 888 888
Website
avenue-taxis.com
Hawk Express Cabs
Phone
+44 1473 222 222
Website
hawkexpresscabs.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Ipswich to Colchester is 17 miles. It takes approximately 22 min to drive from Ipswich to Colchester.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Ipswich and Colchester. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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