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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 & Europe, and is well served by major roads including the M25, M11 and A12. There are main-line rail links into London Liverpool Street and the Olympic Park at Stratford, plus the international gateways at Stansted Airport, Southend Airport and Harwich International Port and London Cruise Terminal offering direct links to London Liverpool Street.

By Coach

National Express
Tel: +44 (0) 871 781 8178
Disabled Travel Line Tel: +44 (0) 871 781 8179
Offices open from 8.00am - 8.00pm Monday - Sunday
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 & London Victoria.
There are also services to and from Essex to Birmingham and the North.

The Essex bus and train map details many rural, inter-rural and town bus, rail and ferry routes in the county. It is produced twice yearly - summer and winter. The map details bus and rail routes throughout the Essex, including Basildon, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Epping, Frinton and Walton, Harlow, Harwich, Saffron Walden, Witham and Wickford among many others. For more information and maps visit the Essex Highways website.

To help you plan your journey contact Traveline who provide information on coach and rail services throughout Essex, the East of England and the whole of the UK. Tel: +44 (0) 871 200 2233 or go to their website For other road information and latest traffic incidents visit

By Rail

National Rail enquiries
Tel: +44 (0) 845 748 4950
Overseas: +44 (0) 207 278 5240
Train Tracker for Text: text station name to: 84950
Textphone (for customers with hearing impairments): +44 (0) 845 6050 600
National Rail service is the definitive source of information for all passenger rail services on the National Rail network in England, Scotland & Wales.
The NRE website offers journey planning, timetable and fares information.

Greater Anglia
Customer Service: +44 (0)845 600 7245 Open Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm
Greater Anglia provides a fast and frequent service to London Liverpool Street, whilst connecting major towns throughout Essex and East Anglia.

Customer Service: +44 (0) 845 744 4422
c2c operates rail services for London, Tilbury and Southend.

Stansted Express
Tel: +44 (0) 845 850 0150
Coaches every 15 minutes to London Liverpool Street from Stansted Airport.

Transport for London
London Travel Information
Tel: +44 (0) 843 222 1234 (24 hours)
Textphone: +44 (0) 20 7918 3015

London Underground
Tel: +44 (0) 845 330 9880 Open 8am - 8pm 7 days per week
London Buses
Tel: +44 (0) 845 300 7000 Open 8am - 8pm Monday - Friday

Transport for London manages the transport service across the capital. Services include:
London buses
London underground
London overground
London river services
Victoria Coach Station

By Sea

Harwich International Port is located 70 miles East of London via the A12, with direct access to the Midlands via the A14.

Esbjerg, Denmark - Harwich - 4 sailings per week (duration 20 hours)
DFDS Seaways
Tel: +44 (0) 871 522 9955

Hook of Holland - Harwich sailings twice a day.
Stena Line
Tel: +44 (0) 8447 70 7070

By Air

Stansted Airport
Tel: +44 (0) 844 335 1803
Website:  &

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.

Southend Airport
Tel: +44 (0) 1702 538500

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

London City Airport
Tel: +44 (0) 207 646 0088

London's business airport is easily accessible from Essex via the A13, M11 and M25. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are just over an hours drive away and car hire facilities are well appointed.

Rhino Car Hire
Tel: 0845 508 9845


Local coach operators


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Kirby's Coaches (Rayleigh Ltd). Renowned since 1952 throughout South East Essex, for luxurious coach travel UK and Europe. For 60 years Kirby's have provided the very best in coach travel for discriminating private hire organizers as well as quality destinations for individuals seeking the unusual and interesting. Our coaches are luxurious, our drivers knowledgeable and friendly. For distinctive, carefree travel Telephone 01268 777777 or visit our website.


Logo of Talisman Coaches.

Talisman Coach Lines have been providing quality day trips and short tours within the UK and across Europe for 60 years. Comfort, safety and value for money go hand in hand with the highest level of customer service. People are our priority. Like so many of our customers, our team of xperienced and much sought-after drivers choose to stay with us year after year. Please get in touch if we can assist you further. Contact us on 01255 688586 or day trips on and for bus hire and general enquiries on 01206 252472. Alternatively send us an email 


Essex County Council
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