Getting to Cambridge
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The nearest international airports to Cambridge are London Stansted, London Luton, London City, London Heathrow and London Gatwick (in order of
distance, nearest first). You can get to Cambridge by coach, train or
Black cabs or taxis hired outside airports can be three times the price of a
pre-booked taxi. If you would like us to book you a taxi from the airport
please contact us.
Coaches are operated from the London airports by National Express. If you
intend to come by coach we advise you to book your ticket in advance,
although it should be said that those coaches are rarely ever
completely full. It just gives you a bit more peace of mind, and
doesn't cost any more than buying a ticket from the ticket
office. Choose from here
with Cambridge as your destination. Total journey time from Heathrow
is about 2.5 hours, from Gatwick 3.5 to 4 hours, from Stansted 40
minutes, and from Luton 1.5 hours. Note that some of these services
Coaches arrive in Cambridge at the Drummer Street Coach and Bus
Station, served by local buses and taxis.
When traveling by train, national rail time tables can be accessed
from the National Rail web
site, where tickets can be purchased in advance. Some railway
tickets are cheaper if bought in advance.
Heathrow: the faster (but more expensive) option is to take the
Heathrow Express train
to London Paddington station, then the Underground (metro) to King's
Cross station, and a train to Cambridge. The alternative is to take an
Underground train direct from Heathrow to King's Cross station, and
then a regular train. In either case, the journey time is just over 2
Gatwick: take a Thameslink train to King's Cross Thameslink
station, walk a few hundred metres to the King's Cross mainline
station (signposted), then take a regular train to Cambridge. Total
journey time is about 2 hours.
Stansted: the train is slightly faster (30 minutes) than the
coach (40 minutes), but a little more expensive.
Luton: your only sensible option is to catch a coach;
journeys by train would need to go into London first (and Luton
airport is located in between London and Cambridge).
London City: London 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
Train 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 St Pancras International station which is a short walk from King's Cross station. Follow the train directions above to Cambridge.
There are also various boat connections from France, Belgium and
which have train connections to London or directly to Cambridge.
Getting around Cambridge
- Taxi stands are located at
station (Drummer Street)
Square in the city centre. The taxi stands are depicted with a
white car on a blue square on the maps.
- The bus station is located at Drummer Street.
- The train
station is located more than a mile to the south of the city
centre. There is a regular bus service to Drummer Street bus station
and the University West Site which is close to the Institute of
- The IoA site is served by nearby buses, including the Uni 4 and
Citi 4. Here is a map
of local bus services, and timetables are available here.
- There is a pleasant walk from the Institute of Astronomy to the city centre which takes about 30 minutes. This route is to cross
Madingley Road, go down Clarke Maxwell Road, then take the Coton
footpath to Adams Road, follow Adams Road, then Burrell's Walk, and
finally down Garret Hostel Lane across the river into the centre of