The train is faster and about the same price as the coach, making it the best option. However, you do need to transfer across London, so allow extra time for unforeseen delays to your journey. The National Express Bus Station is on Harbour Parade, or you can catch the bus at Southampton University. There are 18 buses a day to Cambridge, but you need to transfer at Heathrow Airport, and the total journey time is between 4-6 hours. The first bus leaves at 01:30 and the last one departs at 20:25. You can get a single ticket for around 44 GBP single or 59 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.
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 Southampton to Cambridge can be very crowded at times and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance.
There are trains to London every 30 minutes from Southampton Central train station. You need to change at Waterloo and transfer to the London Underground. From Waterloo Station, take the northbound Bakerloo (brown) line to Oxford Circus, and then change and go to the adjacent northbound Victoria (light blue) line to catch a tube train to King's Cross. 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. At King's Cross, follow the signs for the mainline station where you can catch one of 3 trains per hour to Cambridge. The total journey time is approximately 3 hours. A single journey costs 42.70 GBP and a return ticket is 57 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.
If you are travelling in a group you may find the most economic way to travel from Southampton to Cambridge is by private taxi. For example 4 people in a taxi costs from 199 GBP compared 176 GBP for a bus and an 8 person minivan taxi costs just 259 GBP. Click the button below to use our taxi calculator to get an estimate of cost for your group now:
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