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Southampton to Colchester by train

  • First train
    04:52
  • Last train
    22:55
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 58m
  • Distance
    189 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    28
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 30m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Southampton to Colchester by train

Fast trains from Southampton to Colchester take around 2 hours and 58 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 189 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Southampton and Colchester.

1. Are there direct trains from Southampton to Colchester?

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

We usually find around 27 departures on the route from Southampton 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 31 departures.

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

The Southampton to Colchester train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 58 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Colchester is usually scheduled to depart Southampton around 04:52 and the last train is around 22:08. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Southampton around 06:00, and the last at 22:55.

When to book Southampton 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 Southampton to Colchester by train.

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Which train companies operate between Southampton and Colchester?

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

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