If you can book ahead, the train is much cheaper and more convenient than the coach to get between Colchester and Cambridge as there is only one coach per day to Cambridge. Colchester National Express bus station is on Queen Street. There is just one bus a day to Cambridge, at 09:00. The direct journey takes approximately 2 ½ hours. A single ticket costs £10. or you can get a return for between 13.40-16.40 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 Colchester 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 per hour from Colchester Station, and the journey time to Cambridge is between 1 hour 50 minutes an 2 ½ hours. You need to change trains in Ipswich. The cheapest single ticket is 6 GBP, or an off peak return is 19.60 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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