There are 4 ways to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  1 h 22 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 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn) to Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn) X30 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station (Chelm Rail Stn) to Colchester Town Centre, High Street (Colch High St) 71 / ...

$10 - $16

2 alternative options

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

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It takes approximately 1 h 22 min to get from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southend-on-Sea station to Colchester. However, there are services departing from Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn) and arriving at Colchester Town Centre, High Street (Colch High St) via Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station (Chelm Rail Stn). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 28 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 22 min.

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The nearest airport to Colchester is Southend (SEN) Airport which is 24 miles away. Other nearby airports include London Stansted (STN) (27.6 miles), London Luton (LTN) (54.9 miles), London Heathrow (LHR) (65.3 miles) and London Gatwick (LGW) (68.7 miles).

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

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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 22 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 22 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southend-on-Sea to Colchester via Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn) and Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station (Chelm Rail Stn) in around 2 h 28 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
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn) to Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn)
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station (Chelm Rail Stn) to Colchester Town Centre, High Street (Colch High St)
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
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, Railway Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
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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