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Getting to Cambridge

From the UK

The Cambridge Junction is about 10 minutes away from the Cambridge main train station. The National Rail website will give exact arrival/departure times and costs.

 

For connections to London, there is a frequent fast train service to London Kings’ Cross (several trains per hour, journey time ~ 45 mins), and a (usually cheaper) longer service to London Liverpool Street.

 

Please see below for driving directions to the Cambridge Junction.

From abroad

The closest international airport to Cambridge is London Stansted (STN). It offers a number of routes to and from Europe and other UK destinations and is the base for several major European low-cost carriers. Direct trains and National Express coaches connect the airport and Cambridge, but trains are more convenient as the bus station is slightly further away from the Cambridge Junction.

 

Other London airports:

London Heathrow: the main international airport in London. Heathrow Express trains run from Heathrow to London Paddington and the London Tube (Piccadilly line) can be taken direct from Heathrow to London King’s Cross/St Pancras station, from which direct trains to Cambridge can be found (see above). London Paddington, Heathrow and King’s Cross tube stations have step-free access. Coaches from Heathrow to Cambridge take two to three hours. Heathrow is about a two-hour drive from Cambridge.

London GatwickTrains now run from Gatwick through to Cambridge (sometimes with a change in London St Pancras) and take approximately two hours. Coaches from Gatwick to Cambridge can take approximately 4 hours. Gatwick is two to three hours drive from Cambridge.

London Luton: Coaches from London Luton to Cambridge take one and a half to two hours. London Luton is about a one-hour drive from Cambridge.

Applying for a visa

Visit gov.uk/check-uk-visa to find out if you need a visa to travel to the UK for the Sprint, and gov.uk/apply-uk-visa for details on how to apply. We can provide invitation and acceptance letters if required. Please contact Emmy at innovation@elifesciences.org to request an invitation letter.

Directions to Cambridge Junction

The address of the Cambridge Junction is Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX.

By train

Cambridge Junction is less than ten minutes walk from Cambridge Train Station.

Turn left out of the station on to Station Place, walk for a few minutes before turning right on to Brookgate. Turn left by the Co-op on to Hills Road and walk over the railway bridge. As you pass over the bridge, you will see Cambridge Junction on your left.

Access can be gained via the stairs from the bridge or by continuing across the bridge and turning left into Cherry Hinton Road and across Cambridge Leisure Plaza.

By car

From the South (London & M25) – M25, M11

From the North West (Huntingdon, Peterborough and Northampton) – A14 then M11

From the West (Bedford, St Neots and Milton Keynes) – A428 then M11

From the East (Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Norwich) – A11, A14, M11

From all directions outside Cambridge go to Junction 11 on the M11 and take the A1309 into Cambridge for several miles. At the second set of major traffic lights, turn right into Long Road. At the next major traffic lights turn left into Hills Road. After half a mile turn right into Cherry Hinton Road. Turn left unto Clifton Road. After approx 200 metres you will arrive at Clifton Way on your left which leads to Cambridge Junction. For Sat Nav users, the postcode is CB1 7GX.

Parking

Secure car parking is available in the Cambridge Leisure multi-storey car park on Clifton Way, adjacent to Cambridge Junction.

By bicycle or on foot from the city centre

Cambridge Junction is a 30-minute walk from the centre of Cambridge. Head out of the city on St Andrews Street, with the Grand Arcade shopping centre on your right. Stay on this road as it becomes Regent Street.

When you get to the Catholic Church with the high spire at the crossroads where Hills Road, Regent Street, Gonville Place and Lensfield Road meet, head straight up Hills Road. As you pass over the bridge, you will see Cambridge Junction on your left.

Access can be gained via the stairs from the bridge or by continuing across the bridge and turning left into Cherry Hinton Road and across Cambridge Leisure Plaza. There are a huge number of cycle racks outside Cambridge Junction.

By bus

Stagecoach Buses run regularly along Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road throughout the day and early evening. Nightbuses pass to and from the City Centre, Arbury, Kings Hedges, Chesterton, Trumpington, Queen Edith’s Way, Cherry Hinton, Perne Road and the Whitehill Estate.

Taxis in Cambridge

There is a taxi stand right outside the train station and a few more around town. If you prefer, you can also use Uber, or call to book a taxi from e.g. Camcab +44 1223 704704, Panther +44 1223 715715, A1 Cabco +44 1223 313131 (these numbers are just provided for your convenience – we do not endorse any of these services).  

Accommodation

Travelodge Cambridge Central is 5-minutes walk away from the Cambridge Junction. We plan to reserve rooms there for participants coming from outside of the London/Cambridge area. Other than that, Hotel Ibis Central Cambridge Station is very close to the Cambridge train station.