Clacton area: New times and fares for routes 74, X76, 97 and 98

You may have heard that First in Essex has withdrawn its service on these routes. First will continue to operate certain evening and Sunday journeys in the Clacton area under contract to Essex County Council. 

The good news is that Hedingham has stepped in to take over the routes so you will not lose your bus service. 

Our NEW Fares

Frinton Day Faresaver 

Adult Day ticket £3.50, 16-19 £2.80, Child £2.40.

Family day ticket - just £6!

Click here for more information. *

Valid between Walton on the Naze, Frinton and Kirby Cross. 

Walton & Clacton day ticket 

Adult £5, 16-19 £4, Child £3.30. 

Valid on route 97 & 98 between Walton on the Naze and Clacton, plus the Clacton Town Zone which includes Jaywick, St Osyth, Bockings Elm, Little Clacton and Great Clacton. Click here for more information. *

The Seasiders zone - now includes Walton on the Naze

Adult Day £6.50 and Weekly £20

Discounts apply on 16-19, family and child fares. 

click here for more information on Seasiders routes and fare options. 

The Seasiders, Walton & Clacton and Frinton zone tickets are available on the bus with cash/contactless, and also on our East Anglia Buses app


Our New Routes

Routes 97 and 98           
These routes will run between Clacton and Walton, up to every 20 minutes.

There will be slightly fewer buses running than before and the timetable will vary at peak times and on Sundays so ensure you check our timetable before you leave the house. 

The 98 will run at a different time within the hour, but this a temporary timetable which has been set to run during the Winter period. 

First Essex will continue to operate routes 7/8/100 evening journeys (see 97/98 timetable) between Clacton and Walton. These journeys are operated under contract to Essex County Council so valid Hedingham tickets will be accepted. 

As customers on these routes, we would value any feedback on our new service and any suggestions/ways we can improve going forward. Please get in touch

+ View times

Routes X76                        
We will run extra journeys on this route, including one via the University during commuting times, to replace First’s route 97. 

First Essex will continue to operate route 76 on Sundays & bank holidays (see 76/X76 timetable) between Clacton and Colchester via Wivenhoe. These journeys are operated under contract to Essex County Council so valid Hedingham tickets will be accepted. 

+ View times

Route 74                          
We are replacing route 98 between Colchester and Clacton via Wivenhoe and St Osyth with the number 74 bus.

It will run, on average, every hour during the day but times will vary so please check the timetable.

Buses will continue to Head Street and the High Street to give you better access into Colchester town centre and we will run a Sunday bus but the times will vary slightly.

First Essex will continue to operate route 74B on Mondays to Saturdays evenings (see 74 timetable) between Clacton and Colchester via St Osyth. These journeys are operated under contract to Essex County Council so valid Hedingham tickets will be accepted. 

+ View times