For a single journey, travelling by bus between Bournemouth and Cambridge is roughly half the price of the train (Bus 31 GBP, Train 60 GBP), but takes over 5-6 hours compared to 3.5-4 hours on the train. You can catch a National Express coach from Bournemouth’s Coach and Rail Station. It runs almost 24 coaches a day to Cambridge, but you need to change at Heathrow Airport or Victoria Coach Station in London. The total journey time is between 5-6 hours. The first coach departs at 00:40, and the last one is at 20:00. A standard single ticket is 31.20 GBP, or you can buy an economy return (which can’t be used on Fridays) for 67.00 GBP or a standard return for 69.00 GBP (can be used all day).
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 Bournemouth to Cambridge can be very crowded at times and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance.
There are two trains an hour from Bournemouth to Waterloo in London. From there, take the northbound Bakerloo (brown) underground line to Oxford Circus and change. Cross to the adjacent platform to catch the northbound Victoria (light blue) to King’s Cross. Exit the underground and follow the signs for King’s Cross mainline station, where you’ll be able to catch a Cambridge-bound train, which runs three times per hour. The journey should take around 3 ˝ hours, but allow extra time for negotiating the Underground system. 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. A standard single ticket is 59.90 GBP, or you can buy an off peak return for about 74 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.
If you are travelling in a group you may find the most economic way to travel from Bournemouth to Cambridge is by private taxi. For example 4 people in a taxi costs from 215 GBP compared 124 GBP for a bus and an 8 person minivan taxi costs just 275 GBP. Click the button below to use our taxi calculator to get an estimate of cost for your group now:
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