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Travel Information

University of Cambridge Official Map indicating the Centre for Mathematical Sciences


By Road

Our new building is close to the M11 motorway (exit at Junction 13). Please note that parking on site is very limited, although some parking is also available on nearby streets.


By Rail
There are frequent services to Cambridge from King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations in London. The faster trains (from King's Cross) take under 50 minutes. See London-Cambridge timetables.

The Laboratory is about three miles from the railway station. If you opt to to take a taxi from the station forecourt ask for Clarkson Road. The fare should be in the region of £8.00.

Uni 4 Bus link
The Uni 4 bus link the University sites on the west of Cambridge to the city centre and Addenbrooke's. There is a flat rate of 70p payable by University card holders. Timetable for Uni4. For the stop most convenient for CMS ask the driver for Storey's Way.

By Coach
National Express run services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports, as well as Oxford and Brighton. They also run services to Cambridge from Victoria Coach Station in London and from other cities.  The Bus Station is in Drummer Street, in the centre of the city, about two miles from the Laboratory. Taxis are available in Drummer Street: again, ask for Clarkson Road.

By Air

London Stansted Airport
This is the closest major airport, about 25 miles from Cambridge (40 minutes by car). It is well served by airlines flying from European destinations. For flight information try the BAA Stansted Website or contact the airlines directly (budget airlines EasyJet and Ryanair operate direct flights to Stansted from many European airports).

Cambridge is within easy reach by rail, coach or taxi. The railway station is part of the terminal. The services to Cambridge are operated by Central Trains and take about 30 minutes. The times of trains between Stansted Airport and Cambridge can be found from the National Rail web site.

The coach services to Cambridge run once per hour, and take about 50 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from the coach ticket desk in the arrivals area of the terminal or on the coach.

London Heathrow Airport
Many airlines fly to London Heathrow. The easiest way to get to Cambridge is to take a direct coach service. The coach runs at least once per hour, see the National Express web site) and takes at least 2.5 hours to reach Cambridge (often much longer, depending on traffic jams).

A fast train service, the Heathrow Express, connects the airport with London Paddington station. From there use the underground to connect with rail or coach services listed above to reach Cambridge.  The airport is also served by the Picadilly line of the underground which will take you directly (in about one hour) to Kings Cross station, from which the fast trains to Cambridge depart.

London Gatwick Airport
This airport is located to the south of London. A direct train service, Thameslink, connects the airport with Kings Cross station, offering a good view of London from the Thames. From Kings Cross follow the instructions above. There is also a fast train service, the Gatwick Express, to London's Victoria station. From there, use the underground (Victoria line, northbound) to reach Kings Cross. Alternatively, coach services run directly from Victoria coach station (next to the railway station) to Cambridge.

There is also a direct National Express coach service to Cambridge that takes around 4 hours, but the coaches go round the M25 and are vulnerable to traffic jams and serious delay.

London Luton Airport
Some budget airlines (e.g. easyJet) use Luton airport, which is about 35 miles from Cambridge. No intercontinental flights operate from Luton. Contact the Luton Airport web site for a list of operating companies.

There is no efficient train connection from Luton airport to Cambridge, but there is a National Express coach service that runs once every two hours, departing from just outside the terminal building. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Cambridge.

London City Airport
The City airport is located very close to the centre of London. It serves major european cities. See the London City Airport web site for details. There is a shuttle bus from the airport that connects with the underground network.