Dear passengers, please wash your hands regularly, stay safe and follow advice from the government.
We will be running additional school buses to Manningtree High School from Harwich, Langham, Great Bromley and surrounding areas. Please check our website for times.
All passengers need to wear a face covering on board our buses unless you are exempt.

81/81A Service

The 81/81A service is the only direct service that links Dedham, Langham and the surrounding villages with Colchester Town Centre during the day Monday-Saturday (excluding bank holidays).  This service operates approximately every 2 hours from 0728-1931 Monday-Friday from Dedham and 0728-1813 on Saturdays, and 0930-1740 from Colchester, Monday-Saturday offering great value for money.

This service is operated by Panther Travel on behalf of Essex County Council and they set the fares.  All passengers 16 years and over will need to pay the adult fare.  If you travel before 9 am Monday to Friday, you will also need to pay the peak fare.

81/81A Service

Sample Fares

Dedham or Langham to Colchester N/W/Schools

  • Adult Pk Return £5.60
  • Child Pk Return £2.80
  • Adult off Pk Return £4.60
  • Child off Pk Return £2.30

Langham to Colchester Town Centre

  • Adult Pk Return £4.20
  • Child Pk Return £2.10
  • Adult off Pk Return £3.50
  • Child off Pk Return £1.80

Essex County Council Concession passes are valid on our service after 9am Monday-Friday and all day Saturdays.

We also offer termly and yearly passes for students in full time education under the age of 18. These passes are valid Monday-Friday school days only and are available in advance from our office.

Dedham or Langham – Col Town Centre or N/W/Schools£156.11£118.85£143.69£363.80
Langham to Col Town Centre£123.26£94.10£113.54£285.80
Cuckoo Point to Col N/W/Schools£129.83£99.05£119.57£301.40
Cuckoo Point to Col Town Centre£123.26£94.10£113.54£285.80

Alternatively you can purchase an Essex Saver Ticket for £10.00 from the driver and this is valid for the whole day on most bus services across Essex.  Please go to this link for more details

The bus will stop at all registered bus stops along the route if a passenger signals for the bus to stop.

If you require further information please do not hesitate to call us on 01255 554974 or visit

These fares are correct at time of printing, but prices can be withdrawn or adjusted at any time. Revised August 2020


Colchester > Langham > Dedham > Manningtree Station


Days of Operation: Monday to Saturday Exc Bank Holidays. Effective Date: 31st October 2016.

Monday – Saturday818181A81A81A818181A81A81A81A81A81A81A
(Excluding Bank Holidays)M-FM-FSchNon schSchNon schM-FSatM-FM-F
Colchester, Norman Way Schools1600
Colchester, Osborne Street09301135124514001613161317401740
Colchester, Head Street09331138124814031616161617441744
Colchester, North Station layby09371142125214071620162017491749
Colchester, O/S General Hospital09401145125514101623162317531753
Langham, Runkins Cnr09461151Operates via Boxted as service 8014161629162917591759
Langham, Shepherd & Dog0950115514201633163318031803
Langham, St Margarets Cross0953115814231636163618061806
Dedham, Lamb Cnr062506560957120214271640164018101810
Dedham, The Heath16431643
Dedham, Marlborough Head062806591206131916481648
Dedham Heath, The Heath0631070212111324
Lawford Place06390710
Manningtree, Rail Stn0642071318401920
Lawford Place18431923
Dedham, Lamb Cnr0728*0728*16521652
Dedham Heath, The Heath0731073110001430165516551813181318511931
Dedham, Marlborough Head0735073510051435170017001818181818561936
Dedham, Lamb Cnr073907391009121413271439Operates as 80A to ColchesterOperates as 80A to Colchester1822**18221900**1940
Langham, St Margarets Cross07430743101312181331144318261944
Langham, Shepherd & Dog074707471016122113341446M/tree1829M/tree1947
Langham, Runkins Cnr075207521021122613391451@ 18351834@ 19131952
Colchester, General Hospital o/s08040804102712321345145618391957
Colchester, North Station layby0809080910301235134814591726172618422000
Colchester, High Street0814081410341239135215031730173018462004
Colchester, Osborne Street0817081710381243135615071734173418502008
Colchester, Norman Way Schools0827


* Starting point at Dedham, Long Road West.

** Continues non stop to Manningtree Station – passengers may not be set down between Lamb Corner and Manningtree Station.

Shown for illustration purposes. It is registered on the 80/80A service.

@ Arrival at Manningtree Rail Station.