Travelling to Cambridge
Cambridge is a busy city and wasn’t built with modern traffic flows in mind, so it’s best to visit the centre – where many of the University buildings and Colleges are situated – on foot.
National Express coaches usually stop on Parkside, next to Parker’s Piece in the centre of town. The Stagecoach X5 service – which links Cambridge and Oxford via Bedford, Milton Keynes, Buckingham and Bicester – also stops on Parkside
Local services usually run to/from Cambridge bus station in Drummer Street, and/or the adjacent Emmanuel Street and St Andrew’s Street. There are frequent buses from the railway station to the city centre.
The ‘Uni 4’ bus service runs from the Madingley Road Park and Ride site through the University and College areas of West Cambridge, and on to Addenbrooke’s Hospital via Trumpington Street (Monday to Friday).
- National Express – www.nationalexpress.com
- Stagecoach X5 – www.stagecoachx5.com
- Local services (within Cambridgeshire) – www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/
Cambridge is well connected by train and the station is located approximately one mile from the city centre (around 20 minutes on foot). There’s a taxi rank outside the station and buses run frequently between the station and city centre.
National Rail Enquiries – www.nationalrail.co.uk
The nearest airports to Cambridge are Stansted (30 miles) and Luton (40 miles). There’s a direct train link to Cambridge station from Stansted, and Heathrow and Gatwick are also easily accessible by train (via London King’s Cross/London St Pancras). In addition, buses regularly run from Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick to the city centre.
- Stansted – www.stanstedairport.com/transport-and-directions
- Luton – www.london-luton.co.uk/en/airport/
- Heathrow – www.heathrowairport.com/transport-and-directions
- Gatwick – www.gatwickairport.com/to-and-from/
If you’re planning on driving to Cambridge, we strongly recommend that you use the Park and Ride scheme for day visits as parking is limited and several city centre roads have restricted access protected by rising bollards, open only to buses and taxis or at particular times of day.
- Cambridge Park and Ride scheme – www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/parkandride/
- Parking in the city – www.visitcambridge.org/visitor-information/parking and/or www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/
Disabled parking is available throughout the city's car parks and on some streets. A list of these is available in the Cambridge for the Disabled Visitor Guide, along with information about facilities and the accessibility of Cambridge Colleges, museums, places to eat and more. See the Visit Cambridge website (www.visitcambridge.org/visitor-information/accessibility) for further details.
The University’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) also provides maps showing access facilties for disabled visitors to the New Museums Site, Downing Site and Sidgwick Site. These maps can be downloaded from the online Disability Access Guide at: www.cam.ac.uk/cambuniv/disability/maps/.