Reading to Colchester by train

  • First train
    06:16
  • Last train
    23:08
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 11m
  • Distance
    138 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    99
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 30m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Reading to Colchester by train

Fast trains from Reading to Colchester take around 2 hours and 11 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 138 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Reading and Colchester.

1. Are there direct trains from Reading to Colchester?

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

We usually find around 102 departures on the route from Reading to Colchester 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 107 departures.

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

The Reading to Colchester train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 11 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Colchester is usually scheduled to depart Reading around 06:16 and the last train is around 23:08. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Reading around 04:40, and the last at 22:29.

When to book Reading 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 Reading to Colchester by train.

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Which train companies operate between Reading and Colchester?

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

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • First Great Western
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • London Underground
  • South West Trains
  • 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.