Cambridge is a busy city and wasn’t built with modern traffic flows in mind. It’s best to visit the centre – where many of the University buildings and Colleges are situated – on foot.
Arriving by car
If you’re planning on driving to Cambridge, we strongly recommend that you use the Cambridge Park and Ride for day visits as parking in the city 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.
National Express coaches usually stop on Parkside, next to Parker’s Piece in the city centre. 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The Uni 4 bus has been replaced by the 'U' / Universal bus service and runs between Madingley Road Park & Ride and Addenbrooke’s Hospital via Cambridge Railway Station.
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.
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.