You have a number of choices if you need to travel between Edinburgh and Cambridge bus, train and aeroplane. The bus is the least attractive option as it takes at least 11 hours and isnt much cheaper than flying. The train is the more eco-friendly choice and once you have added in the time needed to travel to and from the airport and check in - takes around the same time as flying. Flying could be the cheapest option if you manage to book far enough in advance to get one of the best fares, but remember to add on approximately 20 GBP to your calculations for transport to and from the city centres at either end. There are three National Express buses per day from Edinburgh Bus Station. The journey takes 11-12 hours, including a transfer in either Birmingham, or Milton Keynes. The first bus departs at 06:45 and the last one is at 20:00. The cost is 43 GBP for a single ticket or 56.30-62.10 GBP for a 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. To book in advance on the secure official website just click the button below:
Trains run roughly hourly from Edinburgh's Waverley Station. You have to change trains in Peterborough, and some services require two changes (one in Newcastle and one in Peterborough). The journey takes from 4 hours 40 minutes to 5 hours 10 minutes. A single fare is 86.50 GBP and a return is 108.30 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.
You get the best fares by booking up to three months in advance. You can buy your tickets online, at the station ticket counter, or from the ticket machines on the main concourse. If you book online you will need to collect your tickets from the ticket machine using the same credit card you used to book your tickets online.
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.
Easyjet flies from Edinburgh to Stansted Airport five times a day, and the flight takes 1 hour 20 minutes. Depending on how far ahead you book, a single ticket costs 23 - 110 GBP.
Be careful there are a number of extra charges that can give you a nasty surprise. It costs 6 GBP to check one 20kg bag into the hold. A 5 GBP charge for travel insurance is automatically added unless you remove that option when you book online. The website also suggests you buy a Speedy Boarding pass for 7.50 GBP, but this is uneccessary.
To get to the airport, the Edinburgh Shuttle will pick you up at any address within the City Zone. They run every 15 minutes with a journey time of 30 minutes. A single fare is 10 GBP. Book online, or call 0845 500 5000. You can also hail one in the street and they will stop if they have space for you. Check in at least 40 minutes before departure, and show your passport, otherwise you will be denied boarding.
From Stansted Airport you can catch a train to Cambridge, which takes with 30 minutes or 60 minutes and costs 9 GBP one-way. There is also an airport coach that takes 50 minutes and costs 12 GBP single ticket. The airport bus station is right outside the terminal entrance and you can buy your ticket at the bus station or on the coach.
If you have a very early flight from Edinburgh Airport or arrive late you may wish to spend a night at a hotel near the Airport. With prices from as little as 35 GBP per night (cheaper than Cambridge!) it is worth considering.