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How to get to Colchester by air, sea, road or rail and getting around once you've arrived.

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Travel Information.

Position within the United Kingdom

Nearest Sea Port
Harwich International Tel. (01255) 243030
30 minutes by road A120.

30 minutes by rail Great Eastern Railways

Nearest airport
London Stansted Tel. (01279) 680500
45 minutes by road A120.
Note: If meeting someone at Stansted please be aware that the "Meet and Greet" car park only allows you 15 minutes to find a parking space (2-3 mins), walk to/from the terminal (4 mins each way) and find the person you are meeting. Take longer than this and the price rises steeply! If you think you may need longer than 15 minutes an hour in the short stay car park is cheaper.

Lot's more information can be found at http://www.stansted-airport-guide.co.uk

For cheap off-site parking and/or accommodation near the airport check http://www.kingsarmsparking.co.uk

For Car Rental from Stansted Airport check
www.budget-stansted.com (Tel: 01279 681396)

Skytrain to/from London Liverpool Street Tel. (0345) 484950

Bus/Coach links:- National Express Coach-Air Link services

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By Railway

Colchester has two railway stations. Colchester North is on the main line to London Liverpool Street and is the closest of the two stations to Colchester General Hospital. Fast express train services are available direct to London (journey time 50 mins) and also to Harwich and Ipswich from Colchester North. Trains run to Harwich International station from where you can pick up Ferry services to the European continent.

From London Liverpool street you can easily pick up London Underground (Tube) connections - the underground station is a short walk from the overground terminal. London Liverpool Street in on the Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. For futher information about London Underground travel and a map of the Underground system check the Transport for London site.

Some train services from Colchester stop at Stratford in East London and from there you can pick up the Central & Jubilee Underground Lines as well as the Docklands Light Railway Line. Stratford will be a central location to the London 2012 Olympics.

Colchester Town (formerly St Botolph's) is close to the town centre but has fewer services running to it.

In addition to it's two main stations nearby Hythe Station is very conveniently located for Essex University - in fact it's only a few minutes walk away. However there is no car parking available at the station and not all trains stop here.

For more information about train times, routes & fares check the One Railways web site.
National Rail Enquiries line Tel. (0845) 7484950

The nearest cash point to Colchester North station is located on the London-bound platform between the Cafe and W H Smith. There is also a cash point outside the main station entrance towards the main car park and at the nearby ASDA supermarket on Turner Rise. (Cross North Station Road via the footbridge and then cross Petrolea Close. You will see the store directly ahead of you).

The nearest petrol station to the North (Ipswich) side of Colchester is at Tesco on Highwoods Approach or Esso Ipswich Road. Cash points are also available here.

The nearest petrol station to the West (London) side of Colchester is at Sainsbury on Stanway or Q8 London Road. Cash points are also available here.

By Coach
National Express coaches run extensive services from Colchester. The coach/bus station is conveniently situated close to the town centre.
Check the
National Express web site.
By Bus
Essex travelline - Bus timetable & route enquiries for the cost of a local call.
Available 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week. Phone 08457 000333
Most services are provided by
First Group or Hedingham.
Approximate Distances
Colchester to London - 54 miles, 87 Km
Colchester to Harwich - 21 miles, 34 Km
Colchester to Stansted - 30 miles, 48 Km
Colchester to Gatwick - 150 miles, 241 Km
A Bus & Train timetable produced by Essex County Council gives detailed information and routes for Buses and Trains in the whole North East Essex area. This can be bought from newsagents for only 1.

Colchester Car Parks

Location Opening Hours Spaces Convenient for
St Botolph's 24 Hours 270 Colchester Town Station
Town Centre Shops
Britannia 24 Hours 280 Town Centre Shops
St Mary's 24 Hours 630 Mercury Theatre
Odeon Cinema
Colchester Arts Centre
Town Centre Shops
Priory Street 24 Hours 270 Castle Park & Museum
Hollytrees Museum
Natural History Museum
Town Centre Shops
St John's 7.30am - Midnight 650 Town Centre Shops
Osbourne Street 7am - Midnight
11.30am - Midnight Sun
600 Colchester Market
Town Centre Shops
Vineyard Street 24 Hours Sun - Thu 120 Town Centre Shops
Sheepen Road 24 Hours 230 Colchester Institute
Middleborough 24 Hours 200 Lower Castle Park
Sportsway 24 Hours 60 Lower Castle Park
Butt Road 5.30am - 11pm 170  
Nunn's Road 6.30am - 11pm 600 Town Centre Shops
Castle Road 7am - 9.30pm Mon - Fri
7am - 6pm Sat
90 Town Centre Shops
Parking facilities for severely disabled drivers are available under Culver Square - please contact Colchester Borough Council for details on (01206) 282316. Disable badge holders may also park in Museum Street giving easy access to the Castle Park & Museum.

Coach & Lorry Parking. A limited number of spaces for coaches and lorries is available at Sheepen Road near to Colchester Institute.

Car Rental Firms
Anglian Car Rental
Commerce Way, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 791743
213 Shrub End Road, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 541133
C & C Hire
67 Layer Road, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 761011
First Choice Self Drive
Jarmin Road, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 762911
Kenning Car & Van Rental
Commerce Way, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 797990
Robertson & Co Ltd
26 Magdalen Street, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 572368

Insurance to cover your Car Hire Excess

Local Taxi & Private Hire Firms
Five One Taxis
20 Osbourne Street, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 515151
Five Sevens Taxis
43 Osbourne Street, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 577777
Five Two's Taxis
19-21 Crouch Street, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 522222
Micraline Taxis
17-18 Osborne Street, Colchester
Tel. (01206) 544544
P D Q Cars
Circular Road East, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 540540
A-Cabs Travel Services
Garden House, Hythe Quay, Colchester.
Tel. (01206) 871781
Lexden Executive Cars
Cart Lodge, Cymbeline Way, Lexden CO3 4AS
Private Chauffeur Driven Car Hire - Advance booking recommended
Tel. (01206) 576430
First Choice Limousine Hire
Chadacre, Whitesfield, East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6SP
Chauffeur driven limousines, Mercedes MPV's and executive cars, and wedding cars.
Tel. (01206) 299037

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