TRAVEL

Getting to
Cambridge

From Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted Airports by train and by coach,
and London King’s Cross Station and London Liverpool Street Station.

Getting to
Cambridge

From Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted Airports by train and by coach,
and London King’s Cross Station and London Liverpool Street Station.

By Air

Getting to Cambridge from
Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted Airports

From London Heathrow by Train

Step One: Take the Underground (also referred to as the ‘Tube’) to London King’s Cross Station. All trains departing from Heathrow terminals are eastbound Piccadilly Line trains (dark blue on the map). This journey will take circa one hour.

Step Two: At London King’s Cross Station, you can take a direct train to Cambridge Station. A fast train departs every half hour on weekdays at .14 and .44 past the hour and journeys take up to 50 minutes. There are also trains that stop at Cambridge with multiple stops in between that can take up to 1.5 hours. An off-peak open return fare is circa £40, and an anytime open return, £50.

Step Three: Outside Cambridge Station, there is a taxi rank which can take you onward to your final destination. If that is Pembroke College, then the journey should not take longer than ten minutes.

From London Heathrow by Coach

From London Heathrow Terminals 2 or 3 by Coach

Step One: A National Express Coach departs once per hour .05 past with open return fares ranging from £15–£90; their fastest coaches normally take circa 2.5 hours to reach Cambridge City Centre. Pre-booking is advised.

From London Heathrow Terminal 4 by Coach

Step One: A National Express Coach departs once per hour .40 past with open return fares ranging from £15–£90; their fastest coaches normally take circa 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach Cambridge City Centre. Pre-booking is advised.

From London Heathrow Terminal 5 by Coach

Step One: A National Express Coach departs once per hour .30 past with open return fares ranging from £15–£90; their fastest coaches normally take circa 2 hours and 55 minutes to reach Cambridge City Centre. Pre-booking is advised.

Step Two (applies to all Terminals): Journeys by coach will terminate at 36 Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1PN, which is adjacent to Parker’s Piece, a park in Cambridge. There is a Taxi Rank a short walk up from the stop (see here for a Google Street View of the site).

Note: Heathrow Terminal 1 is closed.

From London Gatwick by Train

Step One: As there are no direct trains from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge Station, you will need to travel to King’s Cross Station via Victoria Station (Victoria is on the Victoria Underground Line, which is light blue on the Tube Map). At Gatwick, check to ensure that the destination of your train is Victoria.

Step Two: At Victoria Station, alight from the train and follow the directions to the Underground (Tube). You will need to take a northbound Victoria Line train (light blue) and alight at King’s Cross Station.

Step Three: At King’s Cross Station, you can take a direct train to Cambridge Station. A fast train departs every half hour on weekdays at .14 and .44 past the hour and journeys take up to 50 minutes. There are also trains that stop at Cambridge with multiple stops in between that can take up to 1.5 hours. An off-peak open return fare is circa £40, and an anytime open return, £50.

Step Four: Outside Cambridge Station, there is a taxi rank which can take you onward to your final destination. If that is Pembroke College, then the journey should not take longer than ten minutes.

From London Gatwick by Coach

Step One: A National Express Coach departs once per hour at various times, but typically either .15, .35, or .45 past; their fastest coaches normally take circa 3.5 hours to reach Cambridge City Centre. Pre-booking is advised.

Step Two: Journeys by coach will terminate at 36 Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1PN, which is adjacent to Parker’s Piece, a park in Cambridge. There is a Taxi Rank a short walk up from the stop (see here for a Google Street View of the site).

From London Stansted by Train

Step One: There are direct trains between Stansted Airport and Cambridge Station at .05 and .27 past the hour. The train journey itself takes an average of thirty minutes. An off-peak open return (valid for one month) typically costs around £15 and an anytime open return (valid for journeys taken at peak hours also) is in the region of £30+.

Step Two: Outside Cambridge Station, there is a taxi rank which can take you onward to your final destination. If that is Pembroke College, then the journey should not take longer than ten minutes.

From London Stansted by Coach

Step One: A National Express Coach departs at irregular times throughout the day. The coach journey normally takes circa 50 minutes to 1 hour to reach Cambridge City Centre and fares start from £8. Pre-booking is advised.

Step Two: Journeys by coach will terminate at 36 Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1PN, which is adjacent to Parker’s Piece, a park in Cambridge. There is a Taxi Rank a short walk up from the stop (see here for a Google Street View of the site).

By Train

Getting to Cambridge from
London Liverpool Street Station
and London King's Cross Station

From London King's Cross Station by Train

Step One: King’s Cross Station is a large train terminal in the centre of London adjacent to St Pancras International Station. It serves National Rail trains and multiple Underground (Tube) Lines: the Northern (black), Victoria (light blue), Piccadilly (dark blue), Hammersmith (pink), Circle (yellow), and Metropolitan (purple) Lines.

Step Two: If you arrive into King’s Cross via the Underground, you will need to follow the directions signposted throughout the tunnels to the Way Out – this leads to the central concourse. There are two sets of departure boards and you can buy tickets from machines or from a staffed ticket office.

Step Three: At London King’s Cross Station, you can take a direct train to Cambridge Station. A fast train departs every half hour on weekdays at .14 and .44 past the hour and journeys take up to 50 minutes. There are also trains that stop at Cambridge with multiple stops in between that can take up to 1.5 hours. An off-peak open return fare is circa £40, and an anytime open return, £50.

Step Four: Outside Cambridge Station, there is a taxi rank which can take you onward to your final destination. If that is Pembroke College, then the journey should not take longer than ten minutes.

From London Liverpool Street by Train

Step One: Liverpool Street Station serves National Rail trains and multiple Underground (Tube) Lines: the Central (red), Hammersmith (pink), Circle (yellow), and Metropolitan (purple) Lines.

Step Two: At Liverpool Street Station, you can take a direct train to Cambridge Station. These typically depart every 20 minutes on weekdays and cost in the region of £35+ for an off-peak open return (which is valid for one month). Journeys to Cambridge from this station take between 1 to 1.5 hours and there is no ‘Fast’ train option.

Step Three: Outside Cambridge Station, there is a taxi rank which can take you onward to your final destination. If that is Pembroke College, then the journey should not take longer than ten minutes.