Colchester travel guide

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You're Going to Love Colchester

With a population of 109.414, Colchester is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. Colchester deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Colchester

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Barn (Brook Road, Great Tey) and Preto Colchester (59 High Street) are great picks. For delicious green meals, The Greyhound Inn (The Street) and Rubino Kitchen, Inworth (Kelvedon Road, Inworth) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Colchester.

When to visit Colchester

Colchester in January
Estimated hotel price
£67
1 night at 3-star hotel
Colchester in January
Estimated hotel price
£67
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Colchester

Plane

Although Colchester doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Cambridge (CBG), which is located 60 km from Colchester. The shortest domestic flight to Colchester departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Colchester, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Colchester to Oxford takes 1h 10m and costs around £20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about £24 for a 1h 34m trip. Located 8 km from the city centre, Colchester Marks Tey is the busiest station in Colchester. Another popular train station is Colchester Town, located 1.6 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Colchester is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 83 km from Colchester. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Colchester, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus. From Peterborough, the bus ride to Colchester takes 177 km and will cost you around £6. From Bristol, the ticket costs about £3 for a journey of 209 km. The most popular bus station is Colchester University of Essex, located 4 km from the city centre of Colchester. Colchester Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 1.2 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Colchester doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Cambridge (CBG), which is located 60 km from Colchester. The shortest domestic flight to Colchester departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Colchester, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Colchester to Oxford takes 1h 10m and costs around £20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about £24 for a 1h 34m trip. Located 8 km from the city centre, Colchester Marks Tey is the busiest station in Colchester. Another popular train station is Colchester Town, located 1.6 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Colchester is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 83 km from Colchester. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Colchester, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus. From Peterborough, the bus ride to Colchester takes 177 km and will cost you around £6. From Bristol, the ticket costs about £3 for a journey of 209 km. The most popular bus station is Colchester University of Essex, located 4 km from the city centre of Colchester. Colchester Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 1.2 km from the city centre.

Airports near Colchester

Airlines serving Colchester

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (945 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,560 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,612 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,293 reviews)
Air France
Good (981 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (487 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,596 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,950 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,122 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,894 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (868 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (924 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,180 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (820 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,687 reviews)
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Where to stay in Colchester

Average rates range from around £95 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £112 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Colchester

Most booked hotels in Colchester

Oakwrights
0 stars
Excellent (9.8, Excellent reviews)
£98+
The George of Colchester
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£89+
St Nicholas Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
£58+
Holiday Inn Colchester
4 stars
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
£74+
Dragonfly Hotel Colchester
3 stars
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
£63+
The Essex Golf & Country Club Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.1, Good reviews)
£65+

Hiring a car in Colchester

Hiring a car in Colchester costs £33 per day, on average, or £66 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

Expect to pay £1.48 per litre in Colchester (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.65 and £23.53. The most frequently booked car type in Colchester is Economy (Class Economy Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Volvo V40 or similar) is, on average, 83% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Colchester costs £33 per day, on average, or £66 if you want to hire it for 2 days.

Expect to pay £1.48 per litre in Colchester (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.65 and £23.53. The most frequently booked car type in Colchester is Economy (Class Economy Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Volvo V40 or similar) is, on average, 83% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.