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London to Colchester by train

It takes an average of 59m to travel from London to Colchester by train, over a distance of around 51 miles (83 km). There are normally 133 trains per day travelling from London to Colchester and tickets for this journey start from £5 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 43m
PriceFrom £5
Distance51 miles (83 km)
Frequency133 trains per day
First train04:23
Last train23:46
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationColchester
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreater Anglia

London to Colchester train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Colchester for Tuesday 17th May 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
13:36 14:38 1h 2m, direct
14:00 14:46 46m, direct
14:02 15:04 1h 2m, direct
14:18 15:15 57m, direct
14:30 15:20 50m, direct
14:36 15:38 1h 2m, direct
15:00 15:46 46m, direct
15:02 16:04 1h 2m, direct
15:18 16:15 57m, direct
15:30 16:20 50m, direct

Travelling from London to Colchester by train

Looking to travel from London to Colchester by train? You've come to the right place!

It usually takes around 1h 1m to travel the 51 miles (83 km) from London to Colchester by train, with around 113 trains running on this route daily. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Greater Anglia trains serve the route from London to Colchester. They’ll get you to your destination in just 45m, and with most trains being equipped with free WiFi, you’ll stay connected the whole way.

If you want to snap up the cheapest fares, book an Off-Peak time and get a Railcard. You can check ticket prices in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

Keen to book your train tickets from London to Colchester? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to learn a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs including first and last train times.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from London to Colchester? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Colchester take?

The average journey time by train between London and Colchester is 59 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.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Colchester by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Colchester is 43 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Colchester cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Colchester can start from as little as £5 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.

Is there a direct train from London to Colchester?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Colchester without having to change trains. There are 133 direct trains from London to Colchester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Colchester leave?

The first train from London to Colchester leaves at 04:23. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Colchester leave?

The last train from London to Colchester leaves at 23:46. 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.

What's the distance between London and Colchester by train?

Trains travelling from London to Colchester cover a distance of around 51 miles (83 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Colchester to London.

Cheap train tickets from London to Colchester

Train tickets from London to Colchester start at £5 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

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 London to Colchester is right for you.

Use your Railcard

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.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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