TRANSPORTATION

Getting to Cambridge

Cambridge is a beautiful medieval town situated in the East of England, 60 miles North of London. It is very well connected to international and national destinations by rail, coach and air.

(We will add a map with airports and other information soon)

Airports:

The nearest airports to Cambridge are listed below, visitors can choose to fly into one of these airports and take a train/bus to Cambridge:

  • London Stansted, direct fast train (30 min) or bus (50 min)
  • London Heathrow, fast train via the King’s Cross/St Pancras stations (2 hours) or direct bus (approx. 3 hours)
  • London Gatwick, direct fast train (2 hours) or direct bus (approx. 4 hours) 
  • London Luton Airport, direct coach (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • London City Airport, subway and fast train (1 hour 45 minutes)

Train and coach tickets can be easily booked through www.trainline.com or via the Trainline app.

Rail:

London St Pancras International station has high-speed rail services to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and other European destinations operated by Eurostar (www.eurostar.com). 

St Pancras station and the adjacent King’s Cross station have a fast train service to and from Cambridge (45 min). 

A 33% discount is offered to groups of 3 or more travelling together. A 33% discount is also available to groups of 2 travelling together at the purchase of a railcard costing £15 per person. Discounted advance tickets are also sold on certain routes.

Tickets, timetables and live updates:

Can be obtained from the following sites. Please go through these links to plan your journey.

  1. Trainline (UK train and coaches) – www.thetrainline.com
  2. Eurostar (International train) – www.eurostar.com
  3. National Express – www.nationalexpress.com

Taxis:

This is an expensive, and often slower way to get to Cambridge from London’s airports and International Rail stations. Time estimates from selected airports are: Stansted 45min, Heathrow 1h45, Gatwick 2h.

HRI2020 is an environmentally aware conference and strongly encourages the use of the excellent public transport options available. They are as fast, cheaper and considerably more environmentally friendly.

Getting Around Cambridge

Cambridge has a small town centre and is very easy to walk around. We recommend walking between the conference venues. However, there are excellent public transportation options too, especially to and from the railway station.

Bus:

All the conference venues are connected by local buses that run at regular intervals to and from Cambridge railway station. Two main operators are Whippet and Stagecoach.

Universal (U) bus and Pedigree (P) bus covers all the conference locations. One way, day tickets (£3) and week tickets (£11) can be bought on the buses. Please refer to http://www.go-whippet.co.uk/tickets/some-notes-about-tickets/. Card and Google pay options are also available. Please note that the tickets bought on buses operated by one company cannot be used for the buses operated by another company.

There is also an option to buy a bus ticket along with your train ticket at a cheaper price for unlimited travel across different bus operators using the PlusBus option. More details here: http://www.plusbus.info/cambridge.

Bicycle Hire:

Cycling has been the preferred way of getting around Cambridge by University staff, students, and locals for over a century. Visitors can hire bicycles by the day or by the minute from a number of providers including:

Mobike – dockless bike share, pay by minute (indicatively: £1 per 20 min session, which is enough to travel between almost any point in Cambridge to another)

Rutland Cycling – pick up a bike from the Rutland stores at the Train Station or the Grand Arcade shopping mall, pay by day.

Taxi:

Two types of taxis operate in Cambridge. Hackney Carriages are the only ones available to hire from a taxi rank or in the street. Private Hire vehicles must be booked in advance by phone or app. A number of private hire companies operate in Cambridge:

Panther +44 (0) 1223 715715 or via app
Uber – via app
Camcab +44 (0) 1223 704704
Cambridge City Taxis +44 (0) 1223 832832

HRI2020 is an environmentally aware conference and strongly encourages the use of the excellent public transport options available. They are as fast, cheaper and considerably more environmentally friendly.