The train is cheaper and faster and more comfortable than the coach so it's generally the best option between Exeter and Cambridge, unless you want to avoid travelling through central London. Eight National Express buses a day run from Exeter's Bus and Coach Station on Paris Street to Heathrow Airport. From there, you can catch a connecting service to Cambridge. The first bus departs at 02:00, and the last one at 17:55. The overall journey is around 6-7 ½ hours, including the time it takes to transfer. You can get a single ticket for around 54 GBP or a return for about 80 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 Exeter to Cambridge can be very crowded at times and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance.
Trains run roughly every hour from Exeter St David's train station to London Paddington. From there you need to travel across to King's Cross Station to get your onward connection to Cambridge. To get to King's Cross, take the eastbound Hammersmith and City (pink) or anticlockwise Circle (yellow) underground line to get to King's Cross. From there, there are approximately three trains per hour to Cambridge. 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 4 - 4 ½ hours, but allow extra time for delays on the underground. A single ticket is about 29 GBP, or an off peak return is 81 GBP. Book early to get the best deal.
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 Exeter to Cambridge is by private taxi. For example 4 people in a taxi costs from 314 GBP compared 54 GBP each for a bus and an 8 person minivan taxi costs just 419 GBP. Click the button below to use our taxi calculator to get an estimate of cost for your group now:
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