The bus service between London and Cambridge is fairly frequent with buses running approximately every hour from Victoria Coach station. The service is operated by National Express and runs every day with a more frequent service during peak periods. There are around 24 buses per day, including services that run through the night. Direct bus services to Cambridge take around 2 ½ hours and cost 8.00 GBP for a single ticket. You specify a particular bus but if your plans change, you can amend your ticket. Buses arrive in Cambridge on Parkside Street, not the main Drummer Street Bus station, but still a 5 minute walk to the centre. If you wish to book in advance on the secure official website just click the button below:
NB - Victoria coach station often gets very busy, with queues forming for buses to Cambridge well in advance of their departure time. Get there early to ensure a good seat and it if possible book in advance online.
To get the best prices on bus tickets from London to Cambridge you need to book online up to 12 weeks before you plan to travel, if you do, you can get a ticket for as little as 5 GBP. Even if you are able to book more than seven days in advance you will also get a cheaper fare. 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.
A useful tip it to make sure you have a supply of 20p coins to use the toilets at the coach station.
Trains from London to Cambridge run from London Liverpool Street and London King's Cross Station. It is fastest to take the train from King's Cross to Cambridge (45 minutes on an express). Trains from Liverpool Street take up to 90 minutes. There is a regular train service between London and Cambridge that runs from 5am through to midnight during the week the last train leaves London King's Cross for Cambridge is at 00:04 and arrives in Cambridge at 01:22am. The journey time from London to Cambridge is between 45 minutes and 90 minutes for stopping services so it is worth while taking the fast train. The train arrives at Cambridge station which is a 20 minute walk to Cambridge city centre so you may wish to take a taxi. You can travel from London to Cambridge from 6 GBP if you book in advance rather than just turning up at the station on your day of travel.
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.
The UK train ticketing system is notoriously complicated and frequently you may find two singles are cheaper than a return. 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 0930.
If you are travelling in a group you may find the most economic way to travel from London City Airport to Cambridge is by private taxi. For example 4 people in a taxi costs from 85 GBP compared 45 GBP for a bus and an 8 person minivan taxi costs just 125 GBP. Click the button below to use our taxi calculator to get an estimate of cost for your group now: