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There are 5 ways to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  1 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Southend Victoria to Shenfield
  2. Take the train from Shenfield to Colchester

$23 - $33

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Bus  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Southend-on-Sea, Heygate Avenue to Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station X30
  2. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station to Colchester Town Centre, High Street 70 / ...

Bus via Southend-on-Sea, Chichester Road  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Southend-on-Sea, Chichester Road to Chelmsford City Centre, station 3
  2. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station to Colchester Town Centre, High Street 70 / ...

Taxi  •  47 min

  1. Take a taxi from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester 42.7 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  47 min

  1. Drive from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester 42.7 miles

$9 - $14

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The cheapest way to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester is to drive which costs £7 - £11 and takes 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester is to taxi which costs £85 - £110 and takes 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Southend-on-Sea, Heygate Avenue and arriving at Colchester Town Centre, High Street via Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 54 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Southend Victoria and arriving at Colchester via Shenfield. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 23 min.

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The distance between Southend-on-Sea and Colchester is 26 miles. The road distance is 42.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester without a car is to train which takes 1 h 23 min and costs £18 - £26.

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It takes approximately 1 h 23 min to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester, including transfers.

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Southend-on-Sea to Colchester bus services, operated by First in Essex, depart from Southend-on-Sea, Heygate Avenue station.

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Southend-on-Sea to Colchester train services, operated by Greater Anglia, depart from Southend Victoria station.

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The best way to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester is to train which takes 1 h 23 min and costs £18 - £26. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 h 54 min.

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Map of how to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester.
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  • Distance: 25.8 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 23 min

What companies run services between Southend-on-Sea, England and Colchester, England?

You can take a train from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester via Shenfield in around 1 h 23 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester via Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station in around 2 h 54 min.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from Southend Victoria to Shenfield
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $15
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
$13 - $19
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
First in Essex
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Southend-on-Sea, Heygate Avenue to Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
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
Arrow Taxi
Phone
+44 1903 212121
Email
enquiries@arrowtaxigroup.co.uk
Website
arrowtaxigroup.co.uk
Bus from Southend-on-Sea, Chichester Road to Chelmsford City Centre, station
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
arrowtaxigroup.co.uk
Other operators
Taxi from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester
Ave. Duration
47 min
Estimated price
$110 - $140
Star Taxis
Phone
+44 1634 575656
Website
startaxismedway.co.uk
A B C Taxis
Phone
+44 1634 840840
Website
abctaxismedway.co.uk
Chelmsford Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 1246 600 155
Website
chelmsfordtaxisltd.co.uk
Fareway Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 1245 355555
Website
farewaytaxisltd.com
A1 Taxi
Phone
+44 1245 838383
Website
a1carschelmsford.com

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Southend-on-Sea to Colchester bus services, operated by First in Essex, arrive at Colchester Town Centre, High Street station.

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Southend-on-Sea to Colchester train services, operated by Greater Anglia, arrive at Colchester station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Southend-on-Sea to Colchester is 43 miles. It takes approximately 47 min to drive from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester.

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