There are 4 ways to get from Oxford to Colchester by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Oxford to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

$62 - $102

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Oxford City Centre, Queens Lane (Stop K5) to Heathrow Central Bus Station LHR|the airline / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London to Colchester National Express / ...

$43 - $59

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Oxford to London Marylebone
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford
  3. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station (Chelm Rail Stn) to Colchester Town Centre, Osborne Street (Colch Bus Stn) 71 / ...

$64 - $92

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Oxford to Colchester 122.2 miles

$26 - $40

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

You can take a train from Oxford to Colchester via London Paddington, Lancaster Gate Underground Station, Liverpool Street Underground Station, and London Liverpool Street in around 2 h 33 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Oxford to Colchester via Heathrow Central Bus Station and Heathrow Airport London in around 5 h 4 min.

Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Oxford to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$20 - $35
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $65
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Chiltern Railways
Phone
+44 345 600 5165
Website
chilternrailways.co.uk
Train from Oxford to London Marylebone
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
chilternrailways.co.uk
Advance Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $60
Bus operators
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station (Chelm Rail Stn) to Colchester Town Centre, Osborne Street (Colch Bus Stn)
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Oxford Bus Company
Phone
+44 1865 785400
Email
info@oxfordbus.co.uk
Website
oxfordbus.co.uk
Bus from Oxford City Centre, Queens Lane (Stop K5) to Heathrow Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Schedules at
oxfordbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Oxford and Colchester is 149 km. The road distance is 196 km.

The cheapest way to get from Oxford to Colchester is to drive which costs £19 - £29 and takes 2 h 5 min.

The quickest way to get from Oxford to Colchester is to drive which takes 2 h 5 min and costs £19 - £29.

No, there is no direct bus from Oxford to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Oxford City Centre, Queens Lane (Stop K5) and arriving at Colchester via Heathrow Airport London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 4 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 33 min to get from Oxford to Colchester, including transfers.