If you plan ahead, the train is cheaper than the coach and will get you to Cambridge approximately one hour faster than the coach. You can choose the convenience of a direct coach, but there are only two per day. The train transfer in London is very easy and quick, but try to avoid travelling in the rush hour. Catch the National Express bus from Stop J outside Terminal 1. There are two direct buses per day at 13:05 and 15:20 - that take 3-4 hours. There are also 9 buses that go via Milton Keynes, where you will have a wait of approximately 1 hour for your connecting coach. The total journey time is around 4-5 hours and the cost is the same as the direct coach. The cost of the journey is 19.40 GBP or 30.40 GBP return.
After booking online, you will be issued with an e-ticket, which you need to print out and take with you, or an m-ticket, which is sent to your mobile phone. Otherwise you can get at ticket at the bus station.
After booking online, you will be issued with an e-ticket, which you need to print out and take with you, or an m-ticket, which is sent to your mobile phone. Otherwise you can get at ticket at the bus station. Buses from Birmingham Airport to Cambridge can be very crowded at times and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance.
You can catch 3 trains an hour from Birmingham International Airport to Cambridge, but need to change twice. The overall journey time is between 2 hours 40 minutes and 3 hours 15 minutes. The first leg of the journey takes you from Birmingham International Airport to London Euston. From there you can take the northbound Victoria (light blue) underground line to King's Cross Station. Subway trains run every 2-3 minutes but there are often delays. Try to time your journey so you avoid travelling across London in the rush hour - subway trains can be impossible to board, especially if you are travelling with luggage. Alternatively, you can take a 5-minute cab ride from Euston to King's Cross, or it is 20-minutes by foot. To walk, turn left out of Euston station and walk along the main road, past the British Library and St. Pancras Station and King's Cross is on the left. From King's Cross, there are three trains per hour to Cambridge. A single ticket costs from 11-27 GBP if bought in advance, or you can buy an off peak single on the day of travel for 59.10 GBP. An off peak return ticket is 60.10 GBP.
The UK train ticketing system is notoriously complicated. It is usually cheaper to buy your tickets up to 6pm on the day before you travel than on the day. And fares are more expensive if you travel before 09:30.
On arrival in Cambridge, it is a 15-minute walk to the town centre, or you can catch a taxi outside the station for around 5 GBP. There is also a bus that runs about every 10 minutes.
To walk, exit the station and continue along Station Road, which is directly in front of you. At the T-junction, turn right onto Hills Road, which takes you towards the city centre.
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