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Living in South Essex - discover London’s top commuter towns

Great options for commuters along our route, from Barking to Southend

Looking for somewhere affordable to live that doesn’t involve hours travelling on the train? Move east out of the capital to find cheaper accommodation, a commute that’s under an hour, and some of the cheapest train fares in the South East of England. You’ll also get an award-winning punctual and reliable train service with free on-board WiFi, modern air conditioned trains, and great connections into the city. Living on our route offers real value for money.

Affordable properties

Affordable Commutes In Essex

The housing on our route is some of the best value anywhere in London and the South East. With property hotspots around Barking, Basildon, Purfleet and Southend, you’ll find plenty of affordable places to live, and many of the towns are on the up.

Quick, low-cost commute

affordable train travel in essex

We have some of the cheapest commuting fares mile for mile of anywhere in the South East of England. For example, an Annual Season Ticket from Basildon to London is £2940 with us, compared to £3816 to London from Wickford with Greater Anglia. You can compare more of our tickets prices against Greater Anglia on our price comparison page.

Ranked highly in news articles

c2c has been mentioned in several articles about the best commuter towns close to London based on research by independent surveys looking at both the affordability of commuting and housing. Southend, Grays and Basildon have all ranked in the top 10 in the last two years.

BBC: London’s most affordable commuter towns 

CITY AM: London’s best and worst commuter stations revealed 

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    Punctual train operator

    We have one of the strongest punctuality records of any UK train company.

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    Punctual train operator

    We have one of the strongest punctuality records of any UK train company.

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    Never too far from a c2c station

    Most of our stations are close to the centres of the towns and suburbs we serve.

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    Never too far from a c2c station

    Most of our stations are close to the centres of the towns and suburbs we serve.

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    Well connected to London

    We run directly into the city, with connections onto DLR, Overground and Underground.

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    Well connected to London

    We run directly into the city, with connections onto DLR, Overground and Underground.


  • Area and train route map

    Our London terminus, Fenchurch Street Station, is less than 5 minutes walk from The Gherkin and Tower Hill and less than 15 minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station. The line runs out east through South Essex, along the Thames estuary and has linked the coast to the capital since the first line was built in the 1850s. Along our route you can find a variety of affordable housing in some great locations.

    See our route map

    South Essex Route Map

    South Essex

     

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