Getting to King's for your interview

However you get to us, please make sure that:

  • you allow yourself plenty of time.
  • you have the King's Admissions Office phone number on you (01223 331255).
  • you have a copy of your interview invitation letter or email on you (this states the time and location of your interviews).

This page contains information about arriving by air, by train, by bus/coach and by car.

By air

London Stansted is the nearest airport, situated 25 miles (40km) south of Cambridge. It is approx. 45 minutes to Cambridge by bus or 30 minutes by train. See location.

Stansted Airport's bus and coach station is located opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets can be bought at the ticket desk in arrivals (open 06:00 to 01:00), in the coach station (24 hours, 7 days a week) or on board. The airport coaches are operated by National Express and you can look up coach times and fares on the National Express website. The set-down point in Cambridge for coaches from Stansted is Parkside  (CB1 1JE) a 15 minute walk from King's (see By bus/coach).

Stansted Airport train station is located directly beneath the terminal building and it is only a two minute walk from the the terminal to the train station. Tickets to Cambridge can be booked online via The Trainline or can be purchased at the train station. Then, for information about getting to King's from Cambridge station, see By train.
 

London Luton is less than two hours from Cambridge by coach (see location on map).  You can look up coach times and fares on the National Express website. On the day, you can use the Onward Travel Centre which is located opposite the Departures entrance. The coach pick up and drop off points and bus bays are situated in front of the terminal building. The service 787 goes to Cambridge, 10 times a day. The set-down point in Cambridge for coaches from Luton is Parkside (CB1 1JE), a 15 minute walk from King's (see By bus/coach).

Travelling from London Luton by train is slightly complicated so make sure that you've checked the details in dvance. For trains from London Luton airport to Cambridge, a shuttle bus service operates to and from Luton Airport Parkway Station and this is normally a 10 minute trip from the airport terminal building. The shuttle service runs every ten minutes between 05:00 and midnight and connects with all trains calling at Luton Airport Parkway overnight. From Luton Airport Parkway, take the train to London St Pancras International. From here follow the signs to London King's Cross (which is next door to London St Pancras) for trains to Cambridge (see By train). You can check train times and book tickets from the London Luton website.
 

London Heathrow is 2-3 hours from Cambridge by coach (see location on map). Coaches call at all Heathrow Terminals, see here for details. Tickets for all coaches can be bought from the ticket office at Heathrow central bus station (06:00 - 22:10) or online at National Express. Ticket machines are also available 24 hours a day. The set-down point in Cambridge for coaches from Heathrow is Parkside (CB1 1JE) a 15 minute walk from King's (see By bus/coach).

Trains to Cambridge via London depart from Heathrow Underground or from Heathrow Terminal 5 Rail. Tickets can be booked online via The Trainline (see By train).
 

London Gatwick Airport is four hours from Cambridge by coach (see location on map). The airport coaches are operated by National Express and you can look up the coach times and fares on the National Express website the set-down point in Cambridge for coaches from Gatwick is Parkside (CB1 1JE) a 15 minute walk from King's (see By bus/coach).

For trains from Gatwick to Cambridge, the railway station is located at the South Terminal and is also just a few minutes from the North Terminal by a free shuttle. You can buy tickets at the station or at the rail information desks located in arrivals at both terminals. The non-stop Gatwick Express goes to London Victoria, you would then need to transfer to London King's Cross to travel to Cambridge. See The Trainline for train times and changes (see By train).
 

By train

  • Cambridge Railway Station (there are two stations, so you need to be careful to go to the mainstation) is located at the end of Station Road (CB1 2JW) - see map. Please bear in mind that the railway station is not in the city centre and you should allow time to get from the station to King's College.
  • If you want to take a taxi to King's there is a taxi rank right outside of the station (you'll see it as soon as you exit the station ). If you need a taxi back to the station after your interview possible numbers include 01223 715 715 (Panther taxis) or 01223 704 704 (CamCab).
  • Alternatively you can take the citi 3, 7 or 8 (from the bus stops to the left as you exit Cambridge station) to the bus station on Drummer Street. Note that these buses actually stop in Emmanuel Street or St Andrew's Street (CB2 3AX)  rather than going right into the bus station. The college is a 15 minute walk away from the bus station.
  • If you want to walk from the train station to King's, the distance is 1.3 miles, which is likely to take you about 26 minutes (map of route). Cambridge is on Google Street View so you can even do a virtual walk in advance if you would like to check the way.

If you come by train it is worth considering getting an earlier train than the one you need to give you plenty of time to deal with any problems (late/cancelled trains etc.). If you do hit a problem on your journey and realise that you are going to be late then please stay calm. Phone us (make sure that you have the King's College Admissions Office number on you – 01223 331255) to tell us what has happened.

Cambridge is on the line from King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations in London. The journey from London to Cambridge takes about an hour. Do be careful which train you get, however, since one of them stops at virtually every station along the way and takes about 2 hours!

By bus/coach

Buses and coaches set you down at Drummer Street Bus Station or Parkside (CB1 1JE), just along the road from it. You can then walk to King's (allow 15 minutes).

Map of bus station

By car

It is vital that you leave yourself plenty of time for your journey and we strongly advise you to check the traffic conditions before you start.

You should bear in mind that Cambridge gets extremely congested and there are often long queues both on the approach and in the city itself.

Once you get into Cambridge beware of rising bollards which close various roads in the centre for parts of the day. When you are planning your journey you should consult the Council’s information on rising bollard closures. There are also a number of one-way streets in the centre.

King's College has no parking spaces. 

  • You might find the city's Park and Ride system easier. The busses will normally take you from the relevant car park to Drummer Street bus station - see details. Then, see by bus/coach.

Further information

Maps

Accessibility:

The University Disability Resource Centre offers a useful guide to getting around Cambridge.

King’s address:

King’s College, King’s Parade, Cambridge. CB2 1ST.
Admissions Office: 01223 331255/ international +44 (0)1223 331255
Porters’ Lodge 01223 331100 / international +44 (0)1223 331100

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