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Getting here and travelling around the county

Essex is on London's doorstep and is served by an excellent rail network and local bus routes. The county has accessible travel links from all over the UK and Europe, and is well served by major roads including the M25, M11 and A12. There are main-line rail links into London plus the international gateways at Stansted Airport, Southend Airport, Harwich International Port and London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury offer direct links to London Liverpool Street.

Essex Tourist Information Centres

Travel by car

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There is good access to Essex from all parts of the country via the A12, M25 and M11. Most of the main destinations are easily accessible through these main roads.  The A12 slices through the county from Brentwood in the south west to just past Colchester in the north east. From the A12 a number of key roads connect to other main destinations of the county. To give you an indication of travel times, a journey from Brentwood to Colchester under normal traffic conditions will take just under an hour (approximate distance 36.5 miles or 59 km). Download a road map of Essex.

For more details on planning your journey, please contact the local Tourist Information Centre or use the AA route planner.

Hiring a car is a great way to explore independently the county and explore more rural locations. Rhino Car Hire compare prices from all car hire agents in order to give you the best possible rate. Visit the website www.rhinocarhire.com

Travel by bus or coach

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National Express
National Express run coaches to and from over 1,000 destinations throughout the UK, and a regular shuttle bus service operates from Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street and London Victoria. Visit the website for more information.

Essex bus services
Essex Highways gives you information about bus services in Essex, including operator information, routes, timetables, fares, tickets and concessionary and other passes. Visit the website for more information.

Local coach operators
Kirby's Coaches are renowned throughout South East Essex for luxurious coach travel in the UK and Europe. For 60 years, Kirby's have provided the very best in coach travel to quality destinations for individuals seeking the unusual and interesting. The coaches are luxurious and the drivers are knowledgeable and friendly.
Visit the website for more information.

Talisman Coach Lines have been providing quality day trips and short tours within the UK and across Europe for many years. Comfort, safety and value for money go hand in hand with the highest level of customer service. A team of experienced drivers are at hand to make your trip a memorable one.
Visit the website for more information.

Travel by train

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National Rail Enquiries
National Rail service give comprehensive information on all passenger rail services of the National Rail Network in England, Scotland and Wales. The website offers journey planning, timetable and fares information. Visit the website for more information.

Abellio Greater Anglia
Greater Anglia provides a fast and frequent service to London Liverpool Street, whilst connecting major towns throughout Essex and East Anglia. Visit the website for more information.

c2c
c2c operate rail services between Southend-on-Sea and London Fenchurch Street. Visit the website for more information.

Stansted Express
The fastest route between Stansted Airport and central London. It takes about 47 minutes to London Liverpool Street. Visit the website for more information.

Transport for London
Transport for London manages the transport service across the capital. Services include buses, underground and overground. Visit the website for more information.

Flying into Essex

Stansted Airport
Stansted is the UK's 3rd busiest airport with nearly 19 million passengers passing through every year. Many low-cost airlines have made Stansted their base. It is located just over 30 miles North East of London at Junction 8 of the M11, less than 20 minutes from the M25.
Visit the website for more information.

Car hire at Stansted Airport
Rhino Car Hire
Visit the website for more information

Southend Airport
Southend Airport is a well-established facility serving business and leisure passengers flying within the UK, Europe and beyond. Visit the website for more information.

London City Airport
London's business airport is easily accessible from Essex via the A13, M11 and M25. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are just over an hour's drive away and car hire facilities are well appointed.
Visit the website for more information.

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.