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Trains to Cambridge

A city for all seasons, Cambridge captures imaginations

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Famed for its quintessential English charm, Cambridge is a city full of history and character. Whether you want to get inspired in one of the many beautiful museums and art galleries or admire the architecture and surrounding landscape, it is a destination everyone appreciates. Hop on a train to Cambridge station and punt down the River Cam, shop in the city centre, or relax in one of the city’s many pubs.

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How many train stations are there in Cambridge?

The main train station in the city is Cambridge Station.

How far is the city centre?

Located southeast of the main city centre, Cambridge Station is a 20 minute walk from the main attractions. Cambridge Blue bus offers a shuttle service from the train station to the city centre if you don’t fancy the walk.

Where is Cambridge’s closest airport?

The closest airport to Cambridge is London Stansted. It is super easy to get to and from the airport - simply hop on a CrossCountry service, it only takes around 30 minutes.

How can I get cheap tickets to Cambridge?

There are ways to enjoy great savings on your train to Cambridge. Many people are eligible to save ⅓ of every journey with a railcard. It also helps if you can be slightly more flexible and travel off peak, avoiding rush hour periods. Take a look at single ticket prices, sometimes it is cheaper than booking a return. Our cheap tickets page has more tips, so make sure you check that out before booking.

More questions?

For further information about the station in Cambridge, check out our station guide.

Shopping in Cambridge

From the hustle and bustle of the local market at Market Square to cute boutiques and independent shops, high street brands, and designer labels; Cambridge is a compact city with a great selection of shops. Grand Arcade is the city’s newest shopping centre with all your favourite premium and high street brands. Linked to the Grand Arcade is Lion Yard Shopping Centre which has a mix of exciting stores, as well as a variety of restaurants and even the city’s central library. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, browse the independent shops down Rose Crescent and Trinity Street. Head to the cobbled streets of Market Square to find something special, from fine cheese, vintage clothes, and quirky gifts to fresh coffee beans, photographs, books, and paintings.

Food & Drink in Cambridge

You can find some delicious choices for eating and drinking while exploring Cambridge. Michelin starred restaurants and intimate brasseries or family-friendly chains and independent restaurants - whatever your taste and budget, Cambridge will have something to suit. For a traditionally British experience, visit one of the city’s hotels for a yummy afternoon tea, or visit Cambridge Market to taste organic produce from local farmers. If you’re on the lookout for a night out, then Cambridge has that too. With a wide range of city centre nightclubs and top-class bars offering different styles of music every night, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Culture in Cambridge

Full of history and a sense of wonder, Cambridge is the perfect place for culture vultures. The city is home to some fascinating architecture, with medieval spires and historic university buildings making up most of the skyline. A great way to see the city’s most famous sights is to float down the River Cam on a punting tour; get up close to buildings like King’s College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs. Visit the Corn Exchange for some of the UK’s biggest names in comedy, music, and theatre. If you’re visiting with children, you might want to check out the Polar Museum and the Museum of Zoology.

Catching a train to Cambridge

To take advantage of cheaper tickets, we recommend booking in advance where possible. You can book your train to Cambridge on our website or CrossCountry trains app. To get the most out of your journey with us, have a look and see what special offers we have running.

Cambridge Station is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility requirements. Accessible ticket machines are available, as well as lifts and ramps for train access.

If you are continuing your journey from Cambridge Station, you will find it is very well connected.  Stagecoach’s regular bus service takes passengers to nearby towns and villages. If you prefer to travel more directly, you will find a taxi rank just outside the station.

If you want to explore Cambridge and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Cambridge before you arrive.  

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