The train is faster than the coach, and the cost of a single ticket is about the same as a coach ticket. A return train ticket is more expensive than the bus, but even the slowest train journey is 1 ½ hours faster. The National Express bus station is on Norton Street. There are four direct services to Cambridge, seven change in Milton Keynes and one is an overnight service via Victoria Coach Station in London. Depending on the bus you take, the journey is between 6 ½ hours and 11 hours. The first leaves Liverpool at 0715 and the last bus that arrives the same day departs at 1500. The 1700 service arrives at 0115. Tickets are 31.70 GBP single or 44.50-48.50 GBP 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. Buses from Liverpool to Cambridge can be very crowded at times and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance.
To take the train, go to Liverpool Lime Street Station, where there are 4 trains per hour. You need to change once, twice or three times. Counter-intuitively, more changes make for a faster journey:
One change - Birmingham New Street (total journey time 5 hours)
Two changes - Crewe and then transfer to a bus at Milton Keynes Central (4 hours 20 minutes)
Three changes - Crewe, Euston, London Underground to Kings Cross, which is the fastest option at 4 hours.
You can get a single ticket for 29.50 GBP or an off peak return for 64.70 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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