There are 10 ways to get from Rotterdam to Colchester by train, car ferry, bus, car, car train 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  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to London St. Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester

$112 - $310

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Bus  •  13 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to London Ouibus / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Colchester National Express

$39 - $92

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Car ferry  •  11 h 4 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich

$68

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  5 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Calais
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais to Folkestone
  3. Drive from Folkestone to Colchester

$239 - $272

Drive, car ferry  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Calais
  2. Take the car ferry from Calais to Dover
  3. Drive from Dover to Colchester

$93 - $133

Fly Rotterdam to London City, train  •  3 h 28 min

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

$91 - $321

Train to Amsterdam, fly to Norwich, train  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Norwich (NWI) AMS - NWI
  3. Take the train from Norwich to Colchester

$133 - $387

Train to Amsterdam, fly to London City, train  •  4 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to London City (LCY) AMS - LCY
  3. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Colchester

$96 - $329

Train to Amsterdam, fly to Southend, train  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Southend (SEN) AMS - SEN
  3. Take the train from Shenfield to Colchester

$75 - $225

Train to Amsterdam, fly to London Stansted, bus  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to London Stansted (STN) AMS - STN
  3. Take the bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station (Stansted Aprt) to Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street (Colch Bus Stn)

$60 - $224

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Colchester is to bus which costs 30€ - 80€ and takes 13 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Colchester is to fly and train which costs 75€ - 280€ and takes 3 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam and arriving at Colchester via London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 5 min.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Colchester is 245 km.

The best way to get from Rotterdam to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 4 h 50 min and costs 95€ - 270€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 50 min to get from Rotterdam to Colchester, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Colchester bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Rotterdam station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Colchester is to train which takes 4 h 50 min and costs 95€ - 270€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 80€ and takes 13 h 5 min.

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The quickest flight from Rotterdam Airport to London City Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 153.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 50 min

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Colchester, England?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Colchester via London St. Pancras International, King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, Liverpool Street Underground Station, and London Liverpool Street in around 4 h 50 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rotterdam to Colchester via London and London Victoria Coach Station in around 13 h 5 min.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Rotterdam to London City
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $430
Flights from Amsterdam to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $750
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Norwich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $480
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Southend
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $240
Flights from Amsterdam to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $270
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Amsterdam to London City
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $500
Train operators
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to London St. Pancras International
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $280
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$85 - $280
Premier
$210 - $320
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
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 - $35
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
Train from Shenfield to Colchester
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$173
Website
eurotunnel.com
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Rotterdam to London
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to London
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
flixbus.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 London Victoria Coach Station to Colchester
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station (Stansted Aprt) to Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street (Colch Bus Stn)
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ferry operators

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