This page is a guide to reaching Harwich from the main south-east England airports — Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and Luton.

There is no airport link coach service running directly to Harwich, but there are good connections at Colchester for Harwich throughout most of the day. Our trains page (there’s a link on the button-bar) collects together all sources of rail travel information, though local bus times are impossible to present here, either in raw form or as links. The passenger is at the mercy of the County Council’s various paper publications, available from Harwich bus station and Colchester travel office (next to the bus station). Additionally, screens at Colchester bus station list departures an hour or so ahead — but they’re often out of action.

The only direct airport link from Colchester to Stansted is First Airport Buses’ Stansted Coach Link, which serves both Colchester bus station and Colchester railway station with an hourly service. Regular Jetlink services connect Stansted with Heathrow and Gatwick — Jetlink services are listed on the National Express web-site (there’s a link below). Finally, Stansted Airport railway station is a 45-65 minute journey from London’s Liverpool Street station.

The Gatwick Express train service, which runs from Victoria Station, and the Heathrow Express, which uses Paddington, may be of use for those who prefer to travel entirely by rail, to go via London. Links to their respective web-sites are given in the table below. Times of train departures for Harwich from Liverpool Street Station can be downloaded on our train services page.

airport links

Stansted Coach Link

Rail links between Colchester and Harwich
Stansted Express web-site
Stansted Express
Gatwick Express web-site Gatwick Express
Heathrow Express web-site Heathrow Express
National Express & Eurolines National Express & Eurolines
UK Public Transport Information UK Public Transport Information



Stansted Coach Link01206 366911
fares & notes
Stansted—Colchester— Monday to Friday —
Stansted airport 0600 0700 0800 then
hourly
until
2200 2300 2400
Colchester North Station 0657 0757 0857 2253 2353 0053
Colchester Bus Station 0720 0820 0905 2300 2400 0100
Colchester–Stansted— Monday to Friday —
Colchester Bus Station 0435 0535 0625 0735 0835 0920 then
hourly
until
2020 2120 2220
Colchester North Station 0455 0555 0645 0745 0845 0945 2045 2145 2245
Stansted airport 0550 0650 0745 0845 0945 1045 2145 2245 2345
Stansted—Colchester— weekends & bank holidays —
Stansted airport 0600 0700 then
hourly
until
2200 2300 2400
Colchester North Station 0657 0757 2253 2353 0053
Colchester Bus Station 0705 0805 2300 2400 0100
Colchester—Stansted— weekends & bank holidays —
Colchester Bus Station 0435 0535 0625 0720 0820 then
hourly
until
2020 2120 2220
Colchester North Station 0455 0555 0645 0745 0845 2045 2145 2245
Stansted airport 0550 0650 0745 0845 0947 2145 2245 2345


FaresNotes
from / to Colchester / Essex University single return
Stansted £10 £15
• The return ticket is valid for one month.
• The last three arrivals at Colchester each evening will continue to Essex University on request. Call 01206 572478 to confirm which services normally call there.
• BAA Airports Travelcard accepted.
• Tickets are available from the driver, from the First travel shop in Queen Street, Colchester, or from the University of Essex post office.
• This service also stops at Marks Tey rail station, Bradwell (The Swan), Braintree Freeport, Braintree rail station and Blake End.
The Editors cannot accept responsibility if the operator fails to run to timetable.

4 April, 2004




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