Getting to Cambridge from Heathrow airport by bus takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes and it costs about 37 GBP for a return ticket. National Express run thirty direct buses a day from Heathrow Airport Central bus station to Parker's Piece, Parkside, which is next to Drummer street bus station in Cambridge. The buses also stop at Trumpington Park & Ride on the way in and out of Cambridge to Heathrow. You can also go from Cambridge's Madingley Park & Ride to Heathrow, but buses on this route require a change in Milton Keynes and it takes longer as it is not direct. It is advisable to book in advance using the form below to ensure you get a ticket. Should you be delayed you ticket will be valid for any bus within 24 hours of your original booking time.
An alternative to the bus from Heathrow Airport to Cambridge is to take the train, this takes about 2 hours. This can be faster due to road traffic but is normally more expensive. The main routes for the trip between Heathrow Airport and Cambridge are either to take the Heathrow Express Train to Paddington then tube to Kings Cross or you could get the tube from Heathrow to Kings Cross then train to Cambridge.
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 Heathrow Airport to Cambridge is by private taxi. For example 4 people in a taxi costs from 103 GBP compared to 150 GBP for a bus and an 8 person minivan taxi costs just 149 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 Heathrow 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.
(Sat 01st Jun, 2013)
Strawberry Fair is a free volunteer run community music, entertainments, arts and crafts fair. The Fair takes place every year in the first week of June and is set in the heart of Cambridge on Midsummer Common.
Cambridge Shakespeare festival
(Tue 09th Jul, 2013)
Eight week long festival celebrating the works of Shakespeare in a number of theatrical events around the historic city. The productions are vivid and spectacular, and are performed in full period costume with live Elizabethan music.
Cambridge Folk Festival
(Thu 25th Jul, 2013)
Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. It has become hugely popular and a regular sell out attracting ten thousand people, many of whom return year after year.