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

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Train  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Colchester

$50 - $75

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Ealing Broadway
  3. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Chelmsford
  4. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station to Colchester Town Centre, High Street 70 / ...

Bus  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Heathrow Airport London T2,3 National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Colchester National Express / ...

$52 - $66

Drive  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Colchester 154.4 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Colchester is to drive which costs £25 - £40 and takes 2 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Colchester is to drive which costs £25 - £40 and takes 2 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade and arriving at Colchester via Heathrow Airport London T2,3. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 50 min.

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The distance between Southampton and Colchester is 121 miles. The road distance is 154.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 2 h 45 min and costs £35 - £60.

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It takes approximately 2 h 45 min to get from Southampton to Colchester, including transfers.

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Southampton to Colchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Colchester is to train which takes 2 h 45 min and costs £35 - £60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £40 - £55 and takes 5 h 50 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Southampton to Colchester is 154 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 33 min to drive from Southampton to Colchester.

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  • Distance: 121.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 45 min

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

You can take a train from Southampton to Colchester via London Waterloo, Waterloo station, Stratford station, and Stratford (London) in around 2 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southampton to Colchester via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 in around 5 h 50 min.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Colchester
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Ealing Broadway
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $29
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$11 - $17
Advanced Single
$12 - $18
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $29
Bus operators
First in Essex
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station to Colchester Town Centre, High Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Website
firstgroup.com
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 Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Colchester
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com

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