IUTAM 2002, Cambridge - Getting to Cambridge
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Getting to Cambridge

Cambridge may be reached by air, ferry or Eurostar train from the continent, rail, car, and coach. Once in Cambridge, consult the arrival information to find where the accommodation and conference venues are located.


London Stansted Airport

This is the closest major airport, about 25 miles (40 minutes by car) from Cambridge. It is well served by airlines flying to european destinations. For flight information contact BAA Stansted or contact the airlines directly.

Cambridge is within easy reach by rail, coach or taxi. A railway station is under the terminal, with services to Cambridge operated by Central Trains. They take about 30 minutes. The service operates every day, 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 a Liverpool Street train and change at Bishops Stortford to a Cambridge train. This may involve a wait of of up to an hour, so it is then quicker to take a coach or taxi (see below).

Coach services to Cambridge run at hourly intervals, and take about 45 minutes (JetLink lines 757 or 797). Tickets can be purchased from the coach ticket desk in the coach station area of the terminal or on board.

Cambridge Airport

Cambridge Airport is approximately 2 miles to the east of the city centre, and is easily reached by taxi or bus. There are no scheduled airline services operated to or from the airfield.

London Heathrow Airport

Many airlines fly to London Heathrow. The easiest way to get to Cambridge is to take the direct coach service, which runs hourly (Jetlink 787 or 797, from GoByCoach) and takes a scheduled 2 and a half hours to reach Cambridge. There may be delays due to excessive traffic. The airport is also served by the Picadilly line of the Underground which goes directly (in about an hour) to King's Cross station, from which train services to Cambridge operates.

London Gatwick Airport

This airport is located south of London. A fast train service, the Gatwick Express connects it to Victoria train station. From there, use a taxi or the underground (Victoria line, northbound) to reach King's Cross station, and take a train service to Cambridge. There is also a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink 797, see GoByCoach) which takes around 4 hours.

London Luton Airport

Some budget airlines like EasyJet use Luton airport, which is about 35 miles from Cambridge. No intercontinental flights operate from Luton. Contsult Luton Airport for a list of operating companies. There is no direct train connection from Luton airport to Cambridge, but a coach service ( JetLink 787) runs once every two hours, departing just outside the terminal building. It takes about 1 and a half hours to reach Cambridge.

London City Airport

The City airport is located very close to central London, serving some major European cities. Taxis and a shuttle bus allow connections to train or coach services to Cambridge.

Ferry or Eurostar train from the continent

Ferry connections from France, Belgium and Holland are operated by Stenaline, but offer no direct train or coach connections to Cambridge. Eurostar trains, using the Channel tunnel operate from Paris or Brussels to London Waterloo. from there, take a taxi or the Underground to King's Cross station to continue by rail to Cambridge.


General information about UK train services is available from Railtrack. Stagecoach Cambus runs bus services to the city centre, or taxis are available just outside the station.

Regular train services link Cambridge to London. Trains depart from King's Cross or Liverpool Street stations in London. The journey time of the faster King's Cross trains (Cambridge Cruiser trains) is about 45 minutes, while the other trains take over an hour.


Consult the DAMTP pages for Directions on how reaching Cambridge by road.

Coach (or Bus)

Frequent coach services operate from central of London to Cambridge. These depart from Victoria coach station (near Victoria rail station) and take about 2 hours (or more at peak times). Tickets can be bought from the driver on board. Please note that delays are common because of heavy traffic in and around London.

Long-distance coach services are run by JetLink and NationalExpress Stagecoach Cambus runs services in Cambridge and to/from nearby villages and towns.