Getting to King's

King's College is on King's Parade, in the centre of Cambridge. The main University website has an official University map showing King's as well as the other University sites. You can also download a map of the College or find maps of Cambridge on the Visit Cambridge website.


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By bus/coach

  • The Drummer Street bus station is ten minutes' walk from the College (see map above). For bus routes, see the University's local bus travel page.
  • From London: There are coach services to Cambridge from Victoria Coach Station about once an hour.
  • From Oxford: The X5 is a regular service from Oxford to Cambridge, going through Bicester, Milton Keynes, and Bedford.
  • School coaches: If you are arriving by coach on a school visit, see the information below.

By car

  • Park and ride: The Park and Ride system is the easiest and cheapest way of getting into central Cambridge. Parking is free and the bus into town costs £2.60 from the ticket machine or £.2.80 from the driver (price correct at June 2013 - please bring exact change). Madingley Road Park and Ride on Madingley Road (CB3 0EX) is the closest to King's.
  • Within Cambridge: Car parking is limited and expensive in Cambridge, and there is no car parking available at King's itself. The nearest public car park is the Grand Arcade Car Park on Corn Exchange Street, CB2 3QJ. This is just a few minutes' walk from King's (see map). You can find a complete list of car parks on the Cambridge Council website. Do allow extra time for parking since the city is usually busy. You should also be aware that Cambridge centre is largely pedestrianised. To enforce this there are rising barricades, which are not always shown on Sat Navs.

By train

  • To check train times to Cambridge from stations around the country and buy tickets, see the National Rail enquiries website.
  • From London: There are frequent trains from King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations. The journey takes about an hour. Avoid the slow train that stops at all the stations between London and Cambridge. It takes about 2 hours and you'd be better waiting for the next train, which will get to Cambridge before it!
  • Eurostar: It is easy to get to Cambridge if you are travelling by Eurostar from Europe. Eurostar will take you directly to St Pancras International Station. King's Cross Station is just next door to St Pancras and you can get direct trains from there to Cambridge.
  • Please note: Cambridge Railway Station is not in the city centre. It is about 1.3 miles (1.6km) from King's at the end of Station Road (CB1 2JW) - see map. If you do not want to walk, there is a taxi rank outside the station or you could take buses 1 or 7. These buses go from the bus stops as you exit Cambridge station to the bus station in Drummer Street. The buses stop in Emmanuel Street or St Andrew's Street rather than going right into the bus station. The College is a 5 minute walk away from the bus station.

By air

London Stansted Airport (some way North East of London)

  • London Stansted is the nearest airport, situated 25 miles (40km) south of Cambridge. It is 45 minutes away by bus or 30 minutes by train.
  • Train: Stansted's train station is directly below the terminal building. You can look up train times at National Rail Enquiries and buy tickets either in advance or at the station. You can either take the train for Birmingham New Street, which is a direct train to Cambridge and takes just over 30 minutes (this service is usually hourly), or get a train to Bishops Stortford and change there to get a train to Cambridge. This will take about 50 minutes.
  • Coach: Stansted's bus station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets can be bought at the ticket desk in arrivals (open 6am to 1am), in the coach station (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or on board. The coach from Stansted to Cambridge is National Express number 717 or 797. 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, a 15 minute walk from King's.

London Heathrow Airport (West London)

  • Train: You can travel from Heathrow Airport to Cambridge by train. First you need to take the Underground from Heathrow to King's Cross Station. This takes about an hour on the Piccadilly line (see the Heathrow travel information or download a map of the Underground). Then from King's Cross you take a direct train to Cambridge. The coach is quicker, especially since the set-down point in Cambridge is nearer to King's than the railway station.
  • Coach: London Heathrow is about two hours from Cambridge by coach. The airport coaches are operated by National Express and you can look up coach times and fares on the National Express website. The coaches leave from the Central Bus Station (for terminals 1 to 3), and from outside Terminal 4 (see the Heathrow website). The set-down point in Cambridge for coaches from Heathrow is Parkside, a 15 minute walk from King's.

London Gatwick Airport (South of London)

  • Train:
    • Suggestion 1: There is a frequent direct train from Gatwick Airport to London, Victoria Station. From here you need to take the Underground (Victoria Line) to King's Cross and get a direct train from there to Cambridge. Download a map of the Underground.
    • Suggestion 2: Take the Bedford train from Gatwick Airport to London St Pancras, then walk from there to King's Cross (just next door to St Pancras) and get the direct train from King's Cross to Cambridge. You can look up train times at National Rail Enquiries and buy tickets either in advance or at the station.
  • Coach: London Gatwick is three to five hours from Cambridge by coach, depending on the time of day. The airport coaches are operated by National Express. You can look up coach times and fares on the National Express website and find coach information on the Gatwick Airport website. The set-down point in Cambridge is Parkside, a 15 minute walk from King's.

Taxis

  • You can get a taxi from taxi ranks at Cambridge Railway Station and the bus station (Drummer Street).
  • The nearest taxi rank to King's is opposite the entrance to Christ's College, on St Andrew's Street. Look for the yellow taxi symbol on the map.
  • If you would like to book a taxi, Panther is a large company.

Bicycles

Cambridge is a cycle-friendly city, and you can hire a bicycle for the day. For a list of bicycle hire shops, see the camcycle website. You can find the best cycle routes to King's on cyclestreets.net. There is cycle parking immediately outside the front entrance to the College.

School groups arriving by coach

If you have booked a school visit to King's as part of the Schools Liaison Initiative then you may be arriving by coach. In this case it is best to arrange to meet the Schools Liaison Officer at the back gate of King's, which is on Queens' Road (CB3 9AJ). This road is the best set-down and pick-up point for coaches.

Your coach will not be able to approach Queens' Road by Silver Street as there are rising bollards, which Sat Navs do not always show. Please see the map showing coach routes and parking in Cambridge. There is no parking for coaches at King's. Coach parking arrangements should be planned by the driver / group in advance of the visit.

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