Edinburgh to Colchester by train

  • First train
    05:40
  • Last train
    23:40
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 46m
  • Distance
    526 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    27
  • Avg. journey time
    8hr 11m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Edinburgh to Colchester by train

Fast trains from Edinburgh to Colchester take around 5 hours and 46 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 526 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Edinburgh and Colchester.

1. Are there direct trains from Edinburgh to Colchester?

Journeys between Edinburgh and Colchester usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 26 departures on the route from Edinburgh to Colchester every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 34 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Edinburgh to Colchester?

The Edinburgh to Colchester train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 46 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Edinburgh to Colchester train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Colchester is usually scheduled to depart Edinburgh around 05:40 and the last train is around 23:40. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Edinburgh around 05:48, and the last at 23:36.

When to book Edinburgh to Colchester train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Edinburgh to Colchester by train.

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Which train companies operate between Edinburgh and Colchester?

More than one train company operates on the route from Edinburgh to Colchester, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • East Coast
  • Greater Anglia
  • London North Eastern Railway
  • London Underground
  • Serco Caledonian Sleeper
  • Virgin Trains

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Colchester to Edinburgh by train

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Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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