Transport

Cambridge is conveniently located just 50 miles north of London in the East of England. It is easy to get to by car, train and bus and is within easy reach of all the major London airports.

Travel by air

London Stansted is the nearest airport to Cambridge, just 30 miles away, but the other major London airports-Heathrow, Gatwick, City and Luton-are all easily accessible via public transport links (see below). Ryanair and EasyJet offer cheap flights from most major European destinations and London can be reached via direct flights from many worldwide destinations.

Travel by train

From central London: Direct trains run from King's Cross and Liverpool Street, though the journey time from King's Cross is much faster, from just 50 minutes. Trains run up to 3 times an hour. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/, or at the stations. An off-peak open return costs GBP 22.20, but railcard card holders (e.g. 16-25 and senior) get a third off this price. To purchase a railcard, follow this link: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/railcards-discounts/railcards_national.html. It is also possible to get slightly cheaper tickets if travelling from Liverpool Street.

From Stansted airport: There is a direct train service to Cambridge once an hour, with an off-peak open return costing GBP 13.50.

Either train or London Underground services can be taken from Heathrow, Gatwick, City and Luton airports to central London stations:
  • From Heathrow: Take the Piccadilly line eastbound or the Heathrow Express/Connect train to Paddington.
  • From Gatwick: Take the Gatwick Express train to Victoria or the First Capital Connect train service to London Bridge or St Pancras International.
  • From City: Take the DLR line westbound.
  • From Luton: Take the First Capital Connect train service to central London.

  • A London Underground map can be downloaded from here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/1106.aspx

    From other UK destinations: Direct trains run from King's Lynn, Ely, Norwich, Leicester, Birmingham New Street and Ipswich. For some destinations it may be necessary or easier to travel via London.

    Travel by bus

    National Express buses run directly from central London (the main bus station is Victoria) and most major airports to Cambridge. Buses stop at the bus station on Parkside, next to Parker's Piece, which is just a 5 minute walk away from the main city centre.

    From central London: Take the 10 service, which runs every hour. The minimum journey time is 2h 43m and an open return ticket costs from GBP 34.40, though single tickets for as little as GBP 5.50 are often available online if booked in advance.

    From London airports:
  • From Heathrow: Take the 787/797, which runs every hour. The minimum journey time is 2h 20m and an open return costs from GBP 32.90.
  • From Gatwick: Take the 797, which runs every hour. The minimum journey time is 3h 45m and an open return costs from GBP 35.90.
  • From Stansted: Take the 797, which runs every two hours. The minimum journey time is 50 minutes and an open return costs from GBP 16.10.
  • From Luton: Take the 787, which runs every two hours. The minimum journey time is 1h 35m and an open return costs from GBP 26.40.

  • Travel by car

    From the south: Leave the M11 at junction 11 and follow the A1309, which leads onto the A1134 (Trumpington Road).

    From the north: Follow the A14 into the northern outskirts of the city, then continue along the A1307 (still Huntington Road).

    Parking is limited in the city centre and expensive if you choose one of the central multi-storey carparks. If just coming for a day, one option is to park at one of the five 'park and ride' sites and get the bus into the city centre.

    Travel in Cambridge

    It is easy to get to and travel around the city centre by foot. The train station is only 20 minutes away:


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    There are plenty of other travel options available:
  • Bus: Citi buses 1, 3, 7 and 8 run from the train station to the city centre, and you shouldn't have to wait longer than 10 minutes for a bus.
  • Taxi: The main taxi ranks are on St Andrews Street, Drummer Street and the train station. Two recommended taxi companies are Panther Taxis (01223 715715) and CamCab (01223 704704).
  • Cycling: If you wish to get around the city in true Cambridge style, there are a number of bike hire companies: http://www.cam.ac.uk/local/local/bikehire.html. Cambridge is a cycle-friendly city and has plenty of cycle lanes in and around the city centre.


  • Other useful websites for planning your journey:
    http://www.traveline.info/index.html.


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