It is approximately 35 minutes faster to take the train between Norwich and Cambridge than the bus, but the bus is cheaper. National Express operate a good service between the two cities with 10 buses a day to Cambridge from Surrey Street bus station in Norwich. The journey takes between 1 hours 55 minutes and 2 hours 10 minutes dependent on the time of day. The first coach leaves at 01:05 and the last one is at 22:45. A single ticket costs 10.00 GBP (37% cheaper than the train) and a return costs 15 GBP (30% cheaper then the train) a return the same day is just 12 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 Norwich to Cambridge can be very crowded at times and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance.
There are two trains per hour to Cambridge, one is direct. The journey time is around 1 hour 20 minutes, and it is slightly faster to take the non-direct train and change at Ely. A single journey is 12.90 GBP or an off peak return is 18.40 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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