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. We recommend you stay at least 5 days in order to fully appreciate everything Colchester has to offer.

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
C$ 117
1 night at 3-star hotel
Colchester in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 117
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 37 miles from Colchester. The shortest flight to Colchester from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 14h 50m.

Train

Eurostar is the most popular train carrier serving Colchester, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Colchester to Cambridge takes 1h 06m and costs around C$ 38 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Lille, expect to pay about C$ 85 for a 1h 24m trip. Located 5 miles from the city centre, Colchester Marks Tey is the busiest station in Colchester. Another popular train station is Colchester Town, located 1.0 mile from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Colchester is to pick up a car rental from London, which is about 51 miles from Colchester. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Colchester, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Colchester takes 135 miles and will cost you around C$ 10. From Nottingham, the ticket costs about C$ 18 for a journey of 140 miles. The most popular bus station is Colchester University of Essex, located 3 miles from downtown Colchester. Colchester Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 0.8 miles from the city centre.

Plane

Although Colchester doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Cambridge (CBG), which is located 37 miles from Colchester. The shortest flight to Colchester from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 14h 50m.

Train

Eurostar is the most popular train carrier serving Colchester, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Colchester to Cambridge takes 1h 06m and costs around C$ 38 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Lille, expect to pay about C$ 85 for a 1h 24m trip. Located 5 miles from the city centre, Colchester Marks Tey is the busiest station in Colchester. Another popular train station is Colchester Town, located 1.0 mile from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Colchester is to pick up a car rental from London, which is about 51 miles from Colchester. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Europcar, among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Colchester, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Colchester takes 135 miles and will cost you around C$ 10. From Nottingham, the ticket costs about C$ 18 for a journey of 140 miles. The most popular bus station is Colchester University of Essex, located 3 miles from downtown Colchester. Colchester Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 0.8 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Colchester

Airlines serving Colchester

Lufthansa
Good (4,684 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (962 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,673 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,236 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,114 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,990 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,405 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,062 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
LOT
Good (684 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,175 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,804 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Colchester

Most booked hotels in Colchester

The George Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 154+
Holiday Inn Colchester
4 stars
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
C$ 138+
Dragonfly Hotel Colchester
3 stars
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
C$ 110+
The Essex Golf & Country Club Hotel
3 stars
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 127+
Brook Red Lion Hotel
3 stars
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
C$ 106+

Renting a car in Colchester

Expect to pay C$ 2.56 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$ 30.67 and C$ 40.89. The most frequently booked car type in Colchester is Intermediate (Nissan Qashqai or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini rental cars (Hyundai i10 or similar) are, on average, 54% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Expect to pay C$ 2.56 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$ 30.67 and C$ 40.89. The most frequently booked car type in Colchester is Intermediate (Nissan Qashqai or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini rental cars (Hyundai i10 or similar) are, on average, 54% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.