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Trains to Essex

Make memories in the beautiful, vibrant and creative county that is Essex. Take a train to Essex for first class leisure and sports facilities, historic buildings and heritage sites, coastal retreats, and first-class shopping, ranging from city shopping complexes to out-of-town super malls. Don't forget the lively nightlife either!

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Visiting Essex

You can travel with Greater Anglia from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford in approximately 35 minutes. Our Essex network operators also cover main commuter and leisure routes from London to Southend and London to Colchester, with branch lines also connecting travellers to destinations including Harwich, Tilbury, Shoeburyness, Braintree, Harlow Town, Southminster and more. Train operators also pass into Essex on lines running from Norwich, Suffolk and Hertfordshire. No matter where you’re travelling to Essex from, our handy Journey Planner can get you there!

Essex is home to the longest pleasure pier in the world (Southend-on-Sea), historic castles, theme parks, country parks, museums, craft centres and a vibrant events programme to keep all ages entertained. A visit here could involve coast or countryside, shopping or professional theatre shows, day trips to colourful festivals and vibrant community events, or a thrilling ride on a roller coaster overlooking the sea. Essex delivers it all, and plenty of hidden gems are just waiting to be uncovered too.

Five Popular Essex Destinations & Attractions

Colchester

Colchester’s railway station is centrally located and close to some of the town's main attractions. Trains to Essex stop near the Norman Keep of Colchester Castle, which also has a museum, and Colchester Park, the site of many landscaped gardens and local festivals.

Chelmsford

Chelmsford railway station is centrally located and close to a leisure centre, historic cathedral, and a variety of dining options and shops. A taxi ride brings you to Hylands Estate, with its beautiful gardens, play areas, art studios, heavy horse experience days and an annual events programme. Chelmsford also has a lively nightlife scene if you're looking to party it up TOWIE-style.

Southend-on-Sea

Southend Victoria railway station is close to Southend's main shopping district, while Southend Central station is closer to the seafront, the world's longest pleasure pier, Cliffs Pavilion theatre, and the thrills of Adventure Island theme park. Like Chelmsford, the nightlife scene in Southend can also be quite exciting!

Clacton-on-Sea

Two theatres, seafront gardens and amusements, sea fishing off the pier, and events that include beer festivals and fireworks are just some attractions on offer in Clacton-on-Sea. Local bus services are available to help you explore.

Braintree

From crazy golf at Blake House Craft Centre and outlet shopping at Freeport to textile design history at Warner Textile Archive, attractions in Braintree run the gamut. Don't forget to take a taxi from Braintree station to Great Notley Country Park, home to a Sky Ropes course, birdwatching and an exciting play trail.

London to Essex by Train

Stansted Express, a sub-brand of Greater Anglia, operates the service from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport, which also calls at Tottenham Hale – ideal if you want to go plane spotting, visit attractions in the local area or pick up some friends from the airport. Greater Anglia's main hub is London Liverpool Street, and from there you can travel up to Harlow Town on the Stansted Airport or King's Lynn line, or across to Southend Victoria via Shenfield.

The other main route is from Liverpool Street to Norwich, with Essex stops including Colchester, Chelmsford and Romford. A trainline route map is available which details all branch connections, including Southminster, Walton-on-the-Naze, Harwich Town, Clacton-on-Sea and Braintree.

C2C is the other train operator in the east covering Essex. The Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness trains leave London on two different tracks. One goes via Upminster and Basildon, the other via Grays, Tilbury Town and Stanford-le-Hope, before joining at Pitsea and continuing. Stops between Pitsea and Shoeburyness are Benfleet, Leigh-on-Sea, Chalkwell, Westcliff, Southend Central, Southend East and Thorpe Bay.

Essex Train Stations

To make things easy for you, we’ve got a list of all the train stations in Essex. Please refer to individual pages for details of facilities at each train station and a location map. Train operator details and timetables/departure information are also available to help you plan your journey, and don't forget you can book trains to Essex in advance online.