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If you’re wondering – how far is Colchester from London? The train usually takes around 1h to travel the 51-mile journey from Essex to the capital. The route between Colchester and London is popular, with around 118 trains running each day. Once you’ve boarded the train, you can sit back and relax as you won’t need to make any changes along the way. If you’re travelling on this route, you’ll be on a comfortable Greater Anglia service. Equipped with an onboard Café bar, Greater Anglia’s Intercity trains also have free WiFi connection for passengers.
If you’re travelling to London for leisure, you have a variety of activities to choose from. Head to Westminster to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Alternatively, take a stroll through one of London’s Royal Parks, such as Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens or Hyde Park.
Take the train during Off-Peak times to snap up the cheapest fares. Also, if you’re travelling by train more than a few times per year, get a Railcard and you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys.
Keep reading to find out more about the journey from Colchester to London by train, including the timetable, tips on finding cheaper fares and FAQs such as first and last train times. If you’re ready to book, start a search with us today!
The average journey time by train between Colchester and London is 1 hour and 0 minutes, with around 133 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Colchester to London is 45 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Colchester to London can start from as little as £10 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Colchester to London without having to change trains. There are 133 direct trains from Colchester to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Colchester to London leaves at 03:43. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Colchester to London leaves at 23:04. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Colchester to London cover a distance of around 51 miles (83 km) during the journey.
If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Colchester to London is right for you.
National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.
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I decided to take the train from Colchester to London for the day on a Saturday to see some friends. The entire weekend is usually Off-Peak, so it's much cheaper than travelling on the weekdays. I picked up an Anytime Off-Peak return ticket with a Network Railcard for around £18.70 which saved me some money. I make a few journeys around the east of England a year so the £30 railcard cost basically pays itself off after 3 or 4 train journeys.
I purchased my ticket using the Trainline app which I always use to check train times when I travel. They now have a really cool feature where you can download mobile tickets to your app without having to print anything off which is active across most of the Eastern UK trains.
I rode my bike to Colchester Station as I live fairly close by. They have a big bike lockup area on the platform 4/5 side next to the entrance of the station. The train trip from Colchester to London took about 45 minutes. The train itself was a relatively old Greater Anglia train, but it wasn't too busy so I got a seat.
As you leave Colchester you pass the large golf course on the left-hand side. About 20 minutes later you'll pull into the city of Chelmsford and pass along the impressive viaduct which offers a great view over the city park on both sides of the train.
You then reach the countryside, where you'll find a great view of the green fields from the left side of the train, whilst passing through Ingatestone and Shenfield along the way. As you reach the suburbs of London, the green fields are replaced with the concrete jungle. Just 10 minutes out from London Liverpool Street as you pull out of Stratford Station, get yourself to the right-hand side of the train to see the Olympic Stadium and other famous landmarks in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site including the Aquatic Centre, ArcellorMittal Orbit viewing platform and the big Westfield shopping centre.
Soon after, I arrived at London Liverpool Street Station. I came into London a bit earlier to do a spot of shopping, so getting to the world-famous Oxford Street was incredibly easy by jumping on the London Underground's Central Line (the red one) at Liverpool Street and heading west only a few stops to Oxford Circus Station. I wandered along Oxford Street checking out the hundreds of high street shops and department stores all in one place, then along the luxurious Regent Street, then on to meet my friends at a great bar in Soho where we settled down to eat and drink the day away before heading back to Colchester on the train in the evening.
Michael's top tip:
If you're into watching the countryside go buy or want to see the fountains in the lake at Chelmsford's Central Park, grab a seat on the left towards London. If you want a great view of the Olympic stadium just past Stratford, sit on the right side of the train.