You can easily get to Colchester Zoo by taking the train to Colchester Town station – there are direct train services operated by Greater Anglia from London Liverpool Street taking less than an hour, and from Lowestoft, Norwich and Ipswich. A ten-minute taxi ride will get you to Colchester Zoo from the station, but if you prefer the bus, make your way to the bus station and take the 75 Eastern National bus service, which runs every 30 minutes, straight to the zoo.

Colchester Zoo is listed as the 11th best zoo in the world and the second-best in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions. Visit the Colchester Zoo website for more information about opening times and available activities.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 20:15
Saturday 07:00 - 18:45
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpAvailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Coffee kiosk, plusÿvending machine
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes

Please note that assistance is only available during the station staffed hours (see above), unless pre-booked.

Customer Service notes

Monday-Saturday 08:00-20:00ÿ
Sunday 10:00-20:00ÿ
Bank Holidays 09:00-18:00ÿ

The hours shown are for the Customer Relations team on 0345 600 7245 (option 8).

Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameThere is a Council managed car park behind the station
Carpark operatorLocal Council
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces20
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

Within station, forecourt and on platform

Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes


Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Details of nearest taxis are shown on station information poster

More about Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is home to over 220 species in its 60 acres of parkland, which provide excellent replica habitats for the animals, from the humid home of the Komodo Dragons to the Kingdom of the Wild, where you can find white rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu.

In its early days the park had a celebrity lion called Rajah, who appeared in many of the Tarzan films with Gordon Scott. Educational as well as thrilling, there are over 50 daily displays, including elephants and giraffe feedings. Hop on the Lost Madagascar Express train and let it take you across countries and continents before disembarking at Lost Madagascar, where the adventure really begins.

With so much to see and do, one day may not be enough to enjoy all Colchester Zoo has to offer. Visit their website to check their calendar of events and plan your visit.

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 Anglia06:111Scheduled
to London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia06:471Scheduled
to ColchesterGreater Anglia07:031Scheduled
to ColchesterGreater Anglia07:271Scheduled
to Clacton-on-SeaGreater Anglia07:381Scheduled
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from ColchesterGreater Anglia06:311Scheduled
from Clacton-on-SeaGreater Anglia06:591Scheduled
from Clacton-on-SeaGreater Anglia07:221Scheduled
from ColchesterGreater Anglia07:341Scheduled
from London Liverpool StreetGreater Anglia07:461Scheduled

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