Get to Colchester Hospital


Our address:

Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JL

01206 747 474

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Getting here

By bus

There are bus stops in the hospital grounds, on Turner Road and on Northern Way.

Buses that stop outside the main doors to the hospital are 8, 84 and 84B operated by Arriva and 61, 65, 68 operated by First.

Buses that stop on Turner Road outside the hospital are 80, 81 and 81A operated by Arriva.

Park & Ride service: there is a bus stop on Northern Way with a pedestrian route into the hospital.

For bus timetables and routes please visit the First website or the Arriva website.

From Sunday 21 October 2018, there will be bus stop changes in Colchester town centre.  Please see Essex County Council’s website for details of where to catch your bus.

By community transport

Community transport schemes can help you to travel to the hospital. The services are for elderly and disabled people and for people in rural communities with no public transport.

Please visit Essex County Council’s website for more information.

By Non-Urgent Patient Transport Service (PTS)

PTS by car or ambulance is for patients whose physical or mental condition means that they are unable to travel in any other way and who require the skills of staff to support them during their journey.

Please visit the East of England Ambulance Service website for further information.

By car or motorbike

Coming from the A12, leave at junction 28. Follow the signs to the hospital taking Via Urbis Romanae, Mill Road and Turner Road.  The hospital is on Turner Road.

Parking at the hospital is very limited, so please use the Park and Ride service when possible. The Park and Ride terminus is near junction 28 of the A12.


We have one car park for patients and visitors. Take a ticket from the barrier on entry and pay for your parking at the payment machines.  There is one machine at the main hospital doors.  There is one machine near the entrance to the car park.

Parking charges

Visitors may park free of charge for the first 20 minutes in the main public car park or at the drop-off point outside the hospital’s main entrance.

Up to 20 minutesFree
Up to 1 hour£2
Up to 2 hours£4
Up to 8 hours£5
Up to 24 hours£10


Long stay parking tickets for 5 or 7 days are available. Ask the ward or department where you are a patient to provide you with an application form, which must be signed by a member of staff.

Take the completed form, with your car registration number, to the general office to the left of the main entrance (office hours) or to the welcome desk (until 8pm weekdays and 10am-6pm weekends and Bank Holidays)

5 days£15
7 days£18


Parking fee concessions for patients regularly attending clinics are available on request. If you have questions regarding permits, please contact the general office.

Parking for chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients

Parking is free for patients attending for chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Please ask the department for details.

Disabled drivers

Car parking is free for disabled drivers who have a Blue Badge. There are wheelchair access spaces in the patients and visitors car park. Please take your car park entrance ticket and your Blue Badge to the general office or the welcome desk and we will give you a free ticket to exit the car park.

Blue Badge holders must not park on double yellow lines or hatched areas.

Support for patients who claim benefits

If you are a patient on any of the following benefits you can claim back parking charges and get a mileage allowance:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Tax Credit Exemption Card
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • HC2/HC3 Form

Visitors on benefits cannot claim.

Parents with a baby in the Neonatal Unit can claim. Payment will be made to one parent only.

To claim, please visit the general office.

By train

Colchester has two railway stations:

  • Colchester Rail Station (COL) is 1.6 miles from the hospital. The station has a taxi rank.  Buses 61, 65, 80 and the Park & Ride run between this train station and bus stops in or near the hospital.
  • Colchester Town Station (CET) is 4.3 miles from the hospital. The station does not have a taxi rank.  Buses 8, 61, 65, 81A and the Park & Ride run from the nearby town centre to bus stops in or near the hospital.

For train information and timetables please visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

For bus timetables and routes please visit the First website or the Arriva website.

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