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.

Where to Eat in Colchester

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Crown Inn - Stoke-by-Nayland (Stoke By Nayland Park Street) and The Barn (Brook Road, Great Tey) are great picks. For delicious green meals, The Greyhound Inn (The Street) and Slug & Lettuce - Colchester (111 High Street) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Colchester.

When to visit Colchester

Colchester in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 121
1 night at 3-star hotel
Colchester in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 121
1 night at 3-star hotel
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How to Get to Colchester


Although Colchester doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Cambridge (CBG), which is located 60 km from Colchester. The shortest flight to Colchester from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 9h 25m.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Colchester, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Colchester to Oxford takes 1h 02m and costs around C$ 20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about C$ 70 for a 1h 33m 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.


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


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Colchester, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Colchester takes 209 km and will cost you around C$ 10. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about C$ 10 for a journey of 282 km. The most popular bus station is Colchester University of Essex, located 4 km from downtown 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

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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United Airlines
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Austrian Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Brussels Airlines
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Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Where to stay in Colchester

Average rates range from around C$ 239 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 198 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Colchester

Most booked hotels in Colchester

The George of Colchester
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 140+
Dragonfly Hotel Colchester
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
C$ 110+
Holiday Inn Colchester
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 109+
The Essex Golf & Country Club Hotel
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
C$ 128+
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Renting a car in Colchester

Expect to pay C$ 2.45 per litre in Colchester (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 29.29 and C$ 39.05. Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in Colchester, while also 72% cheaper than other types, on average.