In most cases you will be given a ticket upon entry from the automatic barrier, and the fee should be paid at the payment machine before returning to your car in order to exit the car park.Parking on residential streets close to the town centre requires a residents parking permit, so it's not advisable to park there as you may incur a parking penalty.National Express  coaches serve the bus station (and various other stops) on route 484 between London Victoria and Clacton-on-Sea (three journeys daily), 350 between Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Peterborough, Cambridge (and other towns and cities) and Clacton (1 journey daily) and route 250 between Ipswich, Stansted and Heathrow Airports (every two hours round-the-clock daily) Network Colchester (airportbybus)  operates limited-stop bus service 133 from Colchester Bus Station, the University of Essex and Colchester North Rail Station to Braintree and Stansted Airport (every hour daily).Colchester can be reached by car either via the A12, which links up with the M25 from the south, or the A14, which links up with the M1/M6 from the North.Change is usually available but drivers will usually be reluctant to change anything bigger than a GBP5.00 bill.Useful routes are:- 61/62/78X/87: Serve the University and Wivenhoe. 8/8A/65: Goes to Highwoods Country Park 67/67A: Goes to West Mersea.Colchester is a large town in Essex, East Anglia.By population, it is the 2nd largest borough in the East of England .
Note that many National Cycle Routes run off-road and are not suitable for certain bicycle types e.g. By Taxi Metered taxis are a little hard to find although they can usually be picked up from taxi ranks on the High Street or outside North Station (north exit).
With its attractive old buildings, Roman wall (dating from Colchester's time as capital of Britain), Norman castle and proximity to Constable country, Colchester is an interesting place to visit.
It is home to the University of Essex , the Colchester Institute  and an Army Garrison .
Castle Park covers much of the north-eastern town centre and makes for a pleasant traffic-free stroll out of the town centre.
By Car Driving around Colchester isn't too much hassle, although traffic tends to come to a standstill during the rush-hours.