Cardiff to Colchester by train

  • First train
    05:12
  • Last train
    23:27
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 46m
  • Distance
    285 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    62
  • Avg. journey time
    5hr 6m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Cardiff to Colchester by train

Fast trains from Cardiff to Colchester take around 3 hours and 46 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 285 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cardiff and Colchester.

1. Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Colchester?

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

We usually find around 63 departures on the route from Cardiff to Colchester every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

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

The Cardiff to Colchester train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 46 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Colchester is usually scheduled to depart Cardiff around 05:12 and the last train is around 23:27. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cardiff around 05:47, and the last at 22:10.

When to book Cardiff 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 Cardiff to Colchester by train.

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Which train companies operate between Cardiff and Colchester?

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

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • First Great Western
  • GWR
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • London Underground
  • UK Rail Connections

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

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

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.