How to Travel to Cambridge From London by Train, Bus and Car

How Far Is It and What's the Best Way to Go?

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London may not be far from Cambridge but traveling that 63 miles could take longer than you think. If you are planning to attend the famous Christmas Carol service at Cambridge's King's College Chapel, taking the train is the most sensible way to travel. These resources will help you plan a trip that's as fast and as easy as you can make it.

How to Get From London to Cambridge by Train

Great Northern/ThamesLink Railway runs fast trains to Cambridge Station from London King's Cross every few minutes throughout the day.

The journey takes between 50 minutes and an hour and a half. There are also frequent trains from London Liverpool Street Station operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. The trip also ranges from about 50 minutes to an hour and 25 minutes. Liverpool Street departures offer the cheapest tickets. The cheapest round trip fare, purchased in advance as two one-way tickets, was £12 from Liverpool Street and £24.60 as an advance purchase return (round trip) ticket from King's Cross (March 2017 price).  Read more about train travel in the UK and how to plan your trip using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner. Book your train tickets for the UK.

UK Travel Tip - Finding the right combination of one-way tickets to arrive at the cheapest fare - can sometimes be confusing and time-consuming. You can spend a lot of time trying out different combinations. If you can be flexible about your date and time of travel, it's easier to let National Rail Enquiries do it for you with their cheapest fare finder.

By Bus

National Express operates coaches from London to Cambridge. Tickets (in 2016) cost between £5 and £9 each way depending on how far in advance you buy your tickets. National Express now accepts payment by Paypal so it's easy to book a bus ticket from anywhere in the world.  The trip takes between 1hr 45min and 2hr 20min.

Buses leave hourly between Victoria Coach Station in London and Cambridge City Center.

UK Travel Tip - Early morning coaches and several journeys through the day make a detour to Stansted Airport, adding about an hour to the trip. 

By Car

Cambridge is 63 miles northeast of London via the M11 motorway. ideally, it should take about 1hr 45min to drive, but the northeast routes out of London are among the most chaotic and traffic clogged. Unless you are staying in north east London, you'd be better off going by train or coach.

Keep in mind, too, that gasoline - called petrol in the UK - is sold by the liter (a little more than a quart) and the price is usually more than $1.50 a quart. You can check daily petrol (Gasoline) prices.

Use the Automobile Association Route Planner to map a route with suggested stopovers and gasoline stations.

Touring Tip - If you are thinking about touring East Anglia, Lincolnshire or further north by car, Cambridge is a good jumping off point and a good place to pick up a rental car, away from the pressure of London traffic. Head there by train, spend the day touring this beautiful university town, stay over and start your motor tour fresh the next day. Check guest reviews and prices for Cambridge hotels on TripAdvisor.