GETTING TO CAMBRIDGE
This page describes methods for getting to Cambridge by rail,
There are regular train
connections to Cambridge from London. The fastest trains depart
from Kings Cross Station in London and take approximately 45 minutes.
Other, slower, trains depart from both Kings Cross and Liverpool Street
Stations in London and take around 70 minutes. Tickets should be bought
at the station before boarding the train.
Once at Cambridge Railway
Station, there is taxi rank outside to take you to your accomodation.
Cambus runs a bus service between the rail station and the city
General information about
UK train services is available at the Railtrack web site. Maps of the
London underground are here.
There are frequent coach connections from the centre of London to
Cambridge. These depart from Victoria coach station (near Victoria
railway station) and take two hours or more. In general, coaches are
cheaper, but slower, than trains. Coach tickets can be bought from the
driver. Please note that delays are common because of heavy traffic in
and around London.
The Cambridge coach station
is close to the city centre and there is an adjacent taxi rank.
services are run by JetLink and NationalExpress. A combined timetable
can be found at the National Express
web site. Stagecoach
bus runs services in Cambridge and to/from nearby villages and
Directions on how to find
Cambridge by car from various directions can be found on the DAMTP
This is the closest major airport to Cambridge, lying at a distance of
about 25 miles (40 minutes by car). It is well served by airlines
flying to european destinations. For flight information contact the BAA Stansted
website or contact the airlines directly.
Cambridge is within easy
reach by rail, coach or taxi. There is a railway station inside the
terminal at Stanstead. The services to Cambridge are operated by Central Trains and take
about 30 minutes. The service operates seven days a week, the first
train departing at 05:51 (Monday to Sunday). The last direct
train to Cambridge departs at 21:18 Monday to Saturday and 22:40 on
Sundays. If you arrive late, you can take the Liverpool Street train
and change at Bishops Stortford for the Cambridge train. This may
involve a wait of 30 to 60 minutes so it is then better to take the
coach (see below).
The coach services to
Cambridge run with the same frequency as the trains, and take about 1
hour (JetLink lines 757 or 797). Tickets can be purchased from the
coach ticket desk in the arrivals area of the terminal or on the coach.
A taxi from Stanstead Airport to Cambridge costs around 50 or 60
Many airlines fly to London Heathrow.
The easiest way to get to Cambridge is to take a direct coach service.
There is an hourly coach (Jetlink 787 or 797, see the National Express web
site) which takes a scheduled 2.5 hours to reach Cambridge (often
longer, depending on traffic jams).
A fast train service, the Heathrow Express,
connects the airport with London Paddington station. From there it is
only a few stops on the underground to Kings Cross station for rail
services or to Victoria Station for coach
services to Cambridge.
This airport is located to the south of London. A fast train service,
the Gatwick Express
connects the airport with Victoria train station. From there, use the
underground (Victoria line, northbound) to reach King's Cross station,
and follow the instructions above.
services run directly from Victoria coach station (next to the
railway station) to Cambridge.
There is also a direct
coach service to Cambridge from Gatwick which takes around 4 hours.
London Luton Airport
Some budget airlines (e.g. EasyJet)
use Luton airport, which is about 35 miles from Cambridge. No
intercontinental flights operate from Luton. Contact the Luton Airport web site for a
list of operating companies.
There is no direct train
connection from Luton airport to Cambridge and you will have to go via
London. However, there is a coach service (JetLink 787) once every two
hours, departing just outside the terminal building. It takes about 1.5
hours to reach Cambridge.
London City Airport
The City airport is located very close to the centre of London. It
serves major european cities. See the London City Airport web
site for details. There is a shuttle bus from the airport that connects
with the underground network.
or boat from the continent
London can be reached
from Paris or Brussels by the Eurostar
train which uses the channel tunnel. You will arrive at London Waterloo
station. Use the underground to reach King's Cross station (Bakerloo
line, northbound until Oxford Circus, then Victoria line northbound),
and follow the directions above
There are also various boat
connections from Ireland, France, Belgium and Holland which have train
connections to London or directly to Cambridge. See the sites of P&O, StenaLine and SeaFrance
for more information.