If you want to get from Gatiwck airport to Cambridge fast, the train is your best option. If you dont mind settling into your seat and relaxing with a good book, you might prefer a direct coach to Cambridge. Either way, they cost roughly the same.
The National Express bus stop is on the upper forecourt of Gatwick's South Terminal. If you arrive at the Gatwick's North terminal you can transfer between terminals by a free monorail service (there is no shuttle bus). The National Express desk is in the South Terminal Arrivals hall. There are 20 direct coaches per day from Gatiwck airport to Cambridge and a handful go via Heathrow Airport where you have to transfer. The first coach is at 01:50 and the last one leaves at 23:35.
A single fare from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge costs 30 GBP and a return is 41.30 GBP. The journey takes between 3 ˝ - 4 ˝ hours.
By train, the journey from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge is just over 2 hours, and there are three trains per hour. You need to change at Victoria Station in London and take the northbound Victoria (light blue) underground line to King's Cross mainline station, from where you can catch one of the three trains per hour that go 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.
A single fare is about 28 GBP and an off peak return is 40 GBP. It is possible to catch the Gatwick Express for the first leg of the journey, but it is 6 GBP more expensive and takes about the same length of time. Your normal train ticket is not valid for the Gatwick Express.
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.
If you are travelling in a group you may find the most economic way to travel from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge is by private taxi. For example 4 people in a taxi costs from 129 GBP compared 120 GBP for a bus and an 8 person minivan taxi costs just 179 GBP. Click the button below to use our taxi calculator to get an estimate of cost for your group now:
If you have a very early flight from Gatwick 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.
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