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Preston to Colchester by train

  • First train
    04:02
  • Last train
    21:17
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 46m
  • Distance
    320 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    27
  • Avg. journey time
    5hr 4m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Preston to Colchester by train

Fast trains from Preston to Colchester take around 3 hours and 46 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 320 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Preston and Colchester.

1. Are there direct trains from Preston to Colchester?

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

We usually find around 27 departures on the route from Preston to Colchester every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 26 departures.

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

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

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Colchester is usually scheduled to depart Preston around 05:33 and the last train is around 21:17. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Preston around 04:02, and the last at 20:57.

When to book Preston 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 Preston to Colchester by train.

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Which train companies operate between Preston and Colchester?

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

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • 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.

Colchester to Preston by train

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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.