Travel information


Cambridge is particularly well-placed for Stansted airport, where many cheap flights from Europe land.  See below for information about getting to Cambridge by:

Finally some local information and what to do when you arrive.

Please note that this information comes without guarantee: public transport in the UK is sadly not as efficient as in other parts of Europe!

 


By aeroplane

Stansted airport is very convenient for Cambridge, and a lot of cheap flights from Europe come here.  There are direct bus and train services hourly which take about 45 minutes and cost around £10 return.  The bus is more reliable.  It's about 30 mins in a car.

Luton airport is fairly convenient, and also has cheap flights.  There is a direct bus service which takes 1hr and 15 minutes and costs around £15 return. Or you can take the train via King's Cross, which seems a bit roundabout but is sometimes quicker than waiting for the bus.

Heathrow airport is a bit less convenient.  There is a direct bus service but it takes around 2hrs 45mins and costs £30 return.  It's quicker and more comfortable to take the underground to King's Cross (around 55 mins on Picadilly Line) and then get the train (45 mins).  It's about 1hr 45mins by car on a good day.

Gatwick airport seems quite far away but it's not much worse than Heathrow by train.  You can take a Thameslink train to King's Cross Thameslink (45 mins) and then cross over to the main King's Cross station to get the train (45 mins).  It's about 1hr 45mins by car on a good day but a grotesque 4 hours by bus.

London City airport is not an airport I've used, but there are plenty of flights here from Europe.  It looks like the best way to get to Cambridge would be to take the shuttle bus (25 mins) to Liverpool Street Station and then get the train.  It probably isn't worth making your way to King's Cross to get the fast train, and definitely not worth taking the shuttle bus to any other of the London destinations.  There isn't a direct bus to Cambridge as far as I know.   See here for travel information on the airport website.




By Eurostar


The direct Eurostar link to King's Cross will not be finished for several years (!) so you will need to get from the Eurostar terminal at Waterloo to King's Cross to get the train.  By underground there are several possible routes but the one with the most convenient connection is to take the Bakerloo Line to Oxford Circus and then change to the Victoria line.  




By train

See National Rail website for fares and timetables, and Qjump if you want to buy tickets in advance (mostly not necessary).

From London King's Cross: the fast (non-stop) trains take about 45 mins.  The slow trains are very boring and it's worth waiting for a fast one if there's one in the next half hour.  

From Liverpool Street: the trains are slower (because they stop all over the place) but it's convenient if you're coming from London City airport on the shuttle.

From elsewhere: there are direct trains from Birmingham and Liverpool, and trains from Scotland and the North via Peterborough.  That's all I know about but you probably know better yourself if that's where you live.

Cambridge train station is about 30 minutes' walk from Newnham College.  A taxi will cost about £5 and there's a big taxi rank at the station.  Taxi drivers should all know where Newnham College is, but if they've forgotten you can tell them it's on Sidgwick Avenue.  (A bus from the station will take you into town for about £1 but it will take at least 10 minutes and you'll still be 15 minutes' walk away from Newnham College.)




By bus

See National Express website for fares, timetables and bookings.

Cambridge bus station (Drummer Street) is about 15 minutes' walk from Newnham College.  A taxi will cost about £5 and there's a taxi rank at the bus station. Taxi drivers should all know where Newnham College is, but if they've forgotten you can tell them it's on Sidgwick Avenue.




By car

Newnham College is 5 minutes' drive from Junction 12 of the M11.  At the exit follow signs to Cambridge, which will take you onto Barton Road.  After getting into civilisation, turn left after the second traffic lights, onto Grange Road.  Then take the second right onto Sidgwick Avenue and the College will be on the right.  Parking is available on site.

See map here.  The College's postcode is CB3 9DF.




Local information


Some Cambridge taxi numbers:
(01223) 715 715
(01223) 31 31 31
(01223) 525 555


See also the official University of Cambridge map.  Click here to see where Newnham College is and then scroll straight up twice to see where the Centre for Mathematical Sciences is, marked 3 on the map.

Click here for a crude map showing both sites at once.  Newnham College is located on Sidgwick Avenue.

To walk from Newnham to the CMS takes about 15-20 minutes.  

To walk from the CMS to the centre of town takes about 15 minutes.

To walk from Newnham to the centre of town takes about 10 minutes.

To walk from the CMS to the Bun Shop takes about 20 minutes.

Newnham College supposedly has the second longest corridor in Europe.  To walk from one end to the other takes about 10 minutes.  It is quite bendy.




What to do when you arrive


If you are staying at Newnham you should go to the Porters' Lodge to get your key.  Our evening reception will be in Sidgwick Hall from 7pm until whenever we want.