Cambridge is a small and busy city; the roads in and around the city centre often get congested and parking space is limited.
We advise that visitors arriving by car use the Park and Ride services detailed at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/parkandride. Visitors from the north can also use the Guided Busway Park and Ride- follow the signs for Longstanton Park and Ride from junction 29 of the A14. For more information see www.thebusway.info.
Disabled parking is available in the city’s car parks and on some streets. Please check details in advance with the Tourist Information Centre: www.visitCambridge.org.
Cambridge railway station is approximately 20 minutes’ walk (around one mile) from the city centre. There are a taxi rank and bus stops in front of the main entrance and buses run every 10 -20 minutes to all University sites.
National bus services stop on Parkside, Parkers Piece.
Cambridge is well served by public transport links from major UK airports. The nearest airport to Cambridge is London Stansted, followed by London Heathrow and then London Gatwick. From London Stansted, there is an hourly direct train service to Cambridge which takes approximately 40 minutes. There is more than one bus service between Cambridge and Stansted Airport. For details see the National Express website. The airport bus stops at Parkside. The bus is the cheapest option from Heathrow Airport: there is an hourly bus to Cambridge which leaves from stops at both Heathrow Central Bus Station and Terminal 5. Timetables and information will be available at the airport, or check the National Express website. The journey takes just over two hours and arrives at Parkside. You can also travel to London King's Cross either on the London Underground Piccadilly line, or take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station and change to the London Underground Circle or Hammersmith & City lines. You can then travel by train from London King's Cross station to Cambridge. The best way to get from London Gatwick airport to Cambridge is to take the train. There is a frequent service from Gatwick to St. Pancras station, which is adjacent to King's Cross station, where you can catch a train to Cambridge.
Getting around Cambridge
The University’s faculties and departments and the Colleges are situated across Cambridge, though most are within walking distance of the city centre.
As Cambridge is fairly compact and better suited to pedestrians and cyclists than vehicles wherever practical and possible we recommend getting around the city on foot or by bike- these are often the quickest means of transport and are also best for getting a sense of the city.
The Universal bus service – run by Whippet Coaches- runs frequently between Madingley Road Park and Ride and Addenbrooke’s Hospital via Cambridge Railway Station. This service connects both the Biomedical Campus and West Cambridge Site to Cambridge city centre. For more information about local bus services see www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/buses.