Getting around Cambridge: info, costs and advice

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Well known English town about 90 km from London, Cambridge is not only a city for students given the presence of the important university, but a place full of attractions and things to see. Located in the eastern part of Great Britain, it is a small jewel of Roman origins with ancient baths, beautiful gardens, churches and palaces.

If you are thinking of a vacation in this place here is one guide on getting around Cambridge: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to Cambridge city center
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Cambridge, given its size and the layout of the attractions to visit, yes comfortably go around on foot or by bicycle. To settle in and for a first approach to the city, we recommend a guided walking tour. Being a important university city, it will be very fun and interesting to discover it with a student-led tour!

Only the bus is available as public transport, but the best solution is definitely the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, which will allow you to unlimited hop on and off at all its stops, located in strategic points of the city, close to the main attractions! Car is not recommended!

Unfortunately there are no cards or passes to visit the city, but if you plan a few days with numerous bus trips we advise you to buy the DayRider day ticket to save!


  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bike, tourist bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: cars, motorcycles
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: DayRider day ticket (from £ 4,50 / € 5,00), MegaRider weekly ticket (from £ 14,00 / € 15,40)

How to get from the airport to Cambridge city center

Cambridge is located about 100km from London, so you can visit it lands in one of the various airports in the English capital: Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and Gatwick


Heathrow Airport

  • Distance from the center: 140 km / travel time: 1 h and 45 min;
  • By metro + train: Heathrow-London Kings Cross Airport by tube + train to Cambridge / ticket cost: from £ 23,00 (€ 25,30)
  • By taxi: average cost £ 100,00 (€ 109,00) / travel time: about 1 hour and 40 min
  • By bus: average cost £ 36,00 (€ 39,50) / National Express bus

Stansted Airport

  • Distance from the center: 45 km / travel time: 45 min;
  • By train: Trainline line from the airport / ticket cost: from £ 11,00 (€ 12,26)
  • By taxi: average cost £ 65,00 (€ 71,00) / travel time: 45 min
  • By bus: average cost £ 11,50 (€ 12,60) / National Express bus

Luton Airport

  • Distance from the center: 51 km / travel time: 1 h 30 min;
  • By bus + train: free shuttle airport-Luton Parkway station + train to London Kings Cross + train to Cambridge / ticket cost: from £ 31,60 (€ 33,00)
  • By taxi: average cost £ 85,00 (€ 93,00) / travel time: 1 hour and 20 min
  • By bus: cost £ 14,00 (€ 15,90) ​​/ National Express bus

Gatwick Airport

  • Distance from the center: 152 km / travel time: 2 h;
  • By train + metro: train airport-Victoria station + Victoria Line Northbound underground, Platform 3 to Kings Cross station + train to Cambridge / ticket cost: from £ 28,00 (€ 30,00)
  • By taxi: average cost £ 150,00 (€ 164,00) / travel time: 1 hour and 50 min
  • By bus: cost £ 41,00 (€ 45,00) / National Express bus

How to get around on foot

Most of the attractions are located in the historic center therefore the best way to visit Cambridge is on foot. In this way you will also discover hidden corners and fully experience the city just like university students do.

For settle in the city we recommend that you participate in one of the guided walking tours of the historic center, so that you can gradually get to know its culture and history. You definitely can't get lost a visit to the famous University and there is nothing better than a walking tour with a student to learn all its secrets!



How to get around by bicycle

The city lends itself very well to be explored by bicycle too! In fact, in the English town there is no shortage of cycle paths and there are numerous places to rent bikes. The official list can be found at the tourist office on Peas Hill or you can contact Cambridge Station Cycles or City Cycle. The costs for 24 h are £ 15,00 (€ 16,50), while for 3 days £ 20,00 (€ 22,00).

Con i mezzi pubblici

Cambridge Rail Station is approximately 2km south of the city center. Once in the city, if you don't want to walk or cycle, you can use the bus network which, however, is not famous for punctuality, as it suffers a lot from city traffic.

A great way to get around the city and, at the same time, enjoy a wonderful panoramic view, is the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, which will allow you to get on and off unlimited at all its stops for the duration of your ticket (24 h). The stops are located in strategic points of the city, close to the main attractions!



Bus

Public buses that cover the entire urban area are operated by Stagecoach East Kent Buses.
There are different weekdays and holidays to check through the APP or the official website.

  • Downloadable map: cambridge-bus-map
  • by 6: 40 23 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from £ 3,20 (€ 3,50)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily DayRider £ 4,50 (€ 5,00), weekly MegaRider £ 14,00 (€ 15,40)

By car

Getting around by car in Cambridge is absolutely not recommended, road surface and signs are insufficient and often not well maintained; furthermore, the classic left-hand drive of the British is really hard to learn, unless you have a British driving license.

However, in case you are visiting England by car, the suggestion is to park it in your hotel or in one of the Park & ​​Ride car parks which are located on the outskirts of the city and are cheap. The stops in the center, on the other hand, have prohibitive costs that are around £ 0,90 every 20 min.

ZTL

Quasi the whole historic center is closed to car and motorbike traffic. Therefore it is suggested to leave the car in the Park & ​​Ride car parks from where shuttles depart every 10 minutes leading to the pedestrian area.

Stops and parking

The best and most affordable car parks are i Park & ​​Ride on the edge of town. There are 5 of them: Milton, New Market Road, Babraham Road, TRumpington and Madingley Road. For the first 18 hours, parking is free and you only pay the ticket of £ 3,00 (€ 3,30) for the return shuttle from the car park to the historic center. There are runs every 10 minutes from 7:00 to 19:00 and every 20 minutes from 19:00 to 22:00.

If you do park for more than 18 h, up to a maximum of 72 h, the prices are as follows: £ 10,00 (€ 11,00) between 18 and 24 h; £ 20,00 (€ 21,80) between 24 and 48 hours, £ 30,00 (€ 32,00) between 48 and 72 hours. It is possible to have all the information by connecting to the official website.


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