Travel to Cambridge

Travel to Cambridge is possible by road, rail and air, though most visitors will arrive by road or rail. There is an airport on the outskirts of the city, however there is only one scheduled service, which is from Amsterdam. The nearest major airport is London Stansted, however most flights are to London Heathrow or London Gatwick. There is another nearby regional airport at London Luton. Hiring a car and driving is not recommended for those not used to driving in the UK. There are convenient bus services. It may be possible to meet a few visitors who require assistance if this is requested in advance.

From London Heathrow
a) Take the tube to Kings Cross (1 hour) and then train to Cambridge (45 mins). The fast train to Cambridge runs every 30 minutes. You will need to buy separate return tickets for the tube (about 5 pounds) and train (about 20 pounds).
b) There is a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink). This runs every hour and costs 23 pounds. More details are available from Jetlink. Go to stop 18 at Terminal 4, or stop 9 at the central bus station. This is probably the easiest option.
c) If you hire a car leave Heathrow on the M4 westbound, take the first exit (Jn 4b) to join the M25 northbound at Jn 15. Follow the M25 to the M11 (Jn 27) and continue northbound to Cambridge. Leave at Jn 13 on the A1303 and turn right into Cambridge. Continue for about a mile until you come to a junction on your left, turn (crossing some speed bumps) and turn right at the top, following the signs to New Hall car park.

From London Gatwick
a) Take the Thameslink train to Kings Cross (1 hour?) and then train to Cambridge (45 mins). The fast train to Cambridge runs every 30 minutes. You should be able to buy a return ticket covering both trains at about 25 pounds. There is a Gatwick express to London Victoria, but this is more expensive and you will need to take the tube from Victoria to Kings Cross.
b) There is a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink). This runs every hour and costs 30 pounds. More details are available from Jetlink. Go to South Terminal stop 8, or North Terminal stop 3.
c) If you hire a car leave Gatwick on the M23 northbound, continue to the end and join the M25 eastbound at Jn 7. Follow the M25 to the M11 (Jn 27) and continue northbound to Cambridge. Leave at Jn 13 on the A1303 and turn right into Cambridge. Continue for about a mile until you come to a junction on your left, turn (crossing some speed bumps) and turn right at the top, following the signs to New Hall car park.

From London Stansted
a) Take the train to Cambridge (45 mins). The cost is 13 pounds.
b) There is a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink). This runs every hour and costs 11 pounds. More details are available from Jetlink. Go to bay 18.
c) If you hire a car leave Stansted on the M11 northbound to Cambridge. Leave at Jn 13 on the A1303 and turn right into Cambridge. Continue for about a mile until you come to a junction on your left, turn (crossing some speed bumps) and turn right at the top, following the signs to New Hall car park.

From London Luton
a) There is a direct coach service to Cambridge (Jetlink). This runs every hour and costs 13 pounds. More details are available from Jetlink. Go to stop B.
c) If you hire a car a map is advisable. Leave Luton on the A505 towards Hitchin, continue on the A505 through Baldock to Royston. Take the A10 towards Cambridge and join the M11 heading north just outside Cambridge. Leave at Jn 13 on the A1303 and turn right into Cambridge. Continue for about a mile until you come to a junction on your left, turn (crossing some speed bumps) and turn right at the top, following the signs to New Hall car park.

Travel in Cambridge

From the Bus station (Emmanuel Street)
a) Walk following the directions on the map. It will take at least 20 minutes.
b) Take a bus - No2 service to Oakington leaves from stop M at St Andrew's Street and goes past New Hall and may do a request stop, otherwise the stops are Castle Street or Huntingdon Road. A 'megarover' ticket costs 5 pounds for unlimited travel on local city buses for a week. All buses to Huntingdon, Fenstanton or St Ives (Nos 1A, 552 or 554, run by Whippet or United Counties), which run every 15 minutes, also go past New Hall and will stop on request.
c) Take a taxi to New Hall. The cost will be 3.50 - 4.50 depending on the time of day.

From the Train station
a) Walk following the directions on the map. It is quite a long walk.
b) Take the rail link bus (No 1) to Emmanuel Street and then follow the directions above.
c) Take a taxi to New Hall. The cost will be 3.50 to 4.50 depending on the time of day. It is more expensive on Sundays and during the rush hour.


Published by jds@ast.cam.ac.uk