It is cheaper and at least two hours quicker to travel by train between Bristol and Cambridge. Time your journey so you cross London in the middle of the day or late evening - during the rush hours, the Underground gets extremely busy, making travel difficult. National Express runs 25 coaches a day to Cambridge from Bristol's Marlborough Street Coach Station, but you have to change at Heathrow Airport or Victoria Coach Station, London. Including transfers, the journey takes around 5 ½ - 6 hours. The first coach leaves Bristol at 00:50 and the last one departs at 20:00. A single ticket costs approximately 63 GBP or a return is 75.70 GBP.
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 Bristol to Cambridge can be very crowded at times and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance.
Trains run twice an hour from Bristol Temple Meads station to Paddington Station, London. From there you have to travel across to Kings Cross Station to get your onward connection to Cambridge. To get to Kings Cross, take the eastbound Hammersmith and City (pink) or anticlockwise Circle (yellow) underground line to get to Kings Cross. There are approximately three trains per hour to Cambridge from Kings Cross. 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. The total journey is approximately 3 ½ hours, but allow extra time for delays on the underground. An off peak return ticket is 69 GBP, or if you book in advance you might be able to get single for as little as 13.50 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 Bristol to Cambridge is by private taxi. For example 4 people in a taxi costs from 245 GBP compared 63 GBP each for a bus and an 8 person minivan taxi costs just 305 GBP. Click the button below to use our taxi calculator to get an estimate of cost for your group now:
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