Colchester to Manchester by train

  • First train
    04:43
  • Last train
    23:03
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 35m
  • Distance
    276 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    53
  • Avg. journey time
    4hr 8m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Colchester to Manchester by train

Fast trains from Colchester to Manchester take around 3 hours and 35 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 276 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Colchester and Manchester.

1. Are there direct trains from Colchester to Manchester?

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

We usually find around 50 departures on the route from Colchester to Manchester 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 62 departures.

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

The Colchester to Manchester train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 35 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Manchester is usually scheduled to depart Colchester around 04:43 and the last train is around 21:03. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Colchester around 04:43, and the last at 23:03.

When to book Colchester to Manchester 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 Colchester to Manchester by train.

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Which train companies operate between Colchester and Manchester?

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

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • Avanti West Coast
  • East Midlands Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • London Underground
  • UK Rail Connections
  • Virgin Trains

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.