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Colchester Town railway station - still known locally as St. Botolph's, its name until 1991 - is the second station serving Colchester town in Essex. Just over fifty miles outside London, the station, is on the Sunshine Coast Line, with trains to the capital taking just over an hour.

Colchester Town is typically served by two trains per hour to Colchester, and one per hour to Walton-on-the-Naze and London Liverpool Street, all leaving from the station's single platform. The station is a five-minute walk south of the thriving town centre packed with independent and well-known restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs as well as many popular high street shops, in particular in the Lion Walk Shopping Centre. For those not looking to shop, the town, like many in the area, is home to an array of Roman, Tudor and Medieval architecture – most notably Colchester Castle, an 11th century Norman Keep built on top of the vaults of an ancient Roman temple.

Planning a day out with your family? Why not visit Colchester Zoo – you can take either a taxi or a bus outside the station.

Station details & facilities

Behind the law courts, Colchester Town train station is home to many more amenities than most stations of its size. Its single platform is home to a ticket kiosk, ticket machine, bench seating, customer help points, an enclosed waiting area and a small coffee shop. Parking at the station is limited, located as it is in an area of private and commercial land; however, the station is served by several local bus routes.


Trainline's favourite spots near Colchester Town station

Looking for a coffee on the way to the station? We've collected a list of our favourite independent coffee houses and eateries within walking distance of the station - check them out below!

Eatery Distance from station What's it about?
Dr Chippy's 3 minutes Fish & chips   and more - takeaway
Cafe Saison 6 minutes Seasonal, fresh and local food
Jacqueline's Tea Room 3 minutes Indulgent traditional English tea room
Dice & a Slice 3 minutes Unique board game café with drinks
Sip & Tuck 6 minutes Bistro café with a wide choice
Level Best Art Café 5 minutes Run by trainees with learning disabilities
Cafe No.9 6 minutes Small, home-based vegan bakery

Departures and arrivals from Colchester Town

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Colchester Town station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia06:121On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia06:411On time
to ColchesterGreater Anglia07:131On time
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia07:351On time
to Walton-on-the-NazeGreater Anglia08:071On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from ColchesterGreater Anglia06:281On time
from Walton-on-the-NazeGreater Anglia07:071On time
from ColchesterGreater Anglia08:031On time
from Walton-on-the-NazeGreater Anglia08:151On time
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia08:481On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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