There are 4 ways to get from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea by bus, train, taxi or car

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Bus  •  54 min

  1. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn) to Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn) X30 / ...

$5 - $8

3 alternative options

Train  •  58 min

  1. Take the train from Chelmsford to Shenfield
  2. Take the train from Shenfield to Southend Victoria

$14 - $21

Taxi  •  26 min

  1. Take a taxi from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea 20.7 miles

$90 - $110

Drive  •  26 min

  1. Drive from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea 20.7 miles

$4 - $7

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea is to drive which costs £3 - £5 and takes 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea is to taxi which costs £70 - £85 and takes 26 min.

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The distance between Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea is 17 miles. The road distance is 20.7 miles.

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The bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn) to Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn) takes 54 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn) station and arriving at Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn) station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 54 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea. However, there are services departing from Chelmsford and arriving at Southend Victoria via Shenfield. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 58 min.

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What companies run services between Chelmsford, England and Southend-on-Sea, England?

Arriva UK operates a bus from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea hourly. Tickets cost $5 - $8 and the journey takes 54 min. Stephensons of Essex also services this route once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea via Shenfield in around 58 min.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from Chelmsford to Shenfield
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Shenfield to Southend Victoria
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station (Chelm Bus Stn) to Southend-on-Sea, Victoria Station Interchange (Victoria Stn)
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
arrivabus.co.uk
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk
Stephensons of Essex
Phone
01376 503050
Email
customerservices@stephensonsofessex.com
Website
stephensonsofessex.com
Bus from Great Baddow, The Kings Head to Prittlewell, Highfield Gardens (S'nd Boys Sch)
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
stephensonsofessex.com
Other operators
Taxi from Chelmsford to Southend-on-Sea
Ave. Duration
26 min
Estimated price
$90 - $110
A1 Taxi
Phone
+44 1245 838383
Website
a1carschelmsford.com
Fareway Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 1245 355555
Website
farewaytaxisltd.com
Chelmsford Taxis Ltd
Phone
+44 1246 600 155
Website
chelmsfordtaxisltd.co.uk

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