Trains to Cambridge
Cheap Trains to Cambridge
"Cambridge is heaven, I am convinced it is the nicest place in the world to live. As you walk around, most people look incredibly bright, as if they are probably off to win a Nobel prize.” Sophie Hannah
Home to one of the most famous universities in the world, most visitors travel to Cambridge to see the famous college buildings. Beyond the university, Cambridge is also home to a breathtaking myriad of waterways and lush farmland, making it a great destination for cycling and walking.
Tip 1: If you can, book in advance to get the cheapest tickets
You will find that the quicker you can book your ticket the more reasonable the price of your trip to Cambridge will be. Train companies normally release advance tickets 12 weeks ahead of travel time but due to high demand they can sell out fast. There may be still some available for your journey as late as an hour before your departure if you can't plan ahead. To avoid disappointment buy early.
Tip 2: Forget about the booking fees
One of the advantages of using our website is that, unlike other companies, we do not charge booking fees or charge you for using your credit card. Charges are only passed to you if we manage to make you a saving by splitting your fare. We then only charge you 10% and only on what you have saved making us a cheaper option. You can have confidence in our company as we are an accredited ticket retailer with built-in purchase protection.
Tip 3: Use Delay Repay to claim a Refund
You may need to claim a refund as unfortunately trains don't always run on time and your journey to Cambridge train station may be delayed. Using Delay Repay you can apply for a partial or full refund depending on the length of your delay, you can claim for as little as 15 minutes delay depending on the train operating network that you are travelling with. Find out if you are eligible by contacting the Train Operating Company to find out what there policy is and then applying for your refund through them.
Regular trains run to Cambridge from London’s King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations. The fastest train service is the Cambridge Cruiser, which runs from King’s Cross and arrives in Cambridge in less than 50 minutes. Since the Cambridge railway station is one of the main junctions of the East Anglia railway network, there are also regular trains that run to and from Norwich, Ipswich, Peterborough and Birmingham.
Tip 4: Check out less popular routes to make savings on your fare
Another tip to save you money on your travel is to try to avoid the most popular routes as ticket prices are dependent on demand. You may find that less direct trains to Cambridge will be quieter and although it may take more time it will be cheaper. Travelling at peak time, weekends and bank holidays raises the price of tickets quite dramatically whereas off-peak, midweek travel is cheaper.
Tip 5: Make your booking as a group
Cambrige is a lovely place to visit with family or friends and if you are going as a group there are savings to be made by using a Groupsave Discount. If you are travelling in a group of between 3-9 people you save money if you book your train tickets together and travel together in off-peak times it is possible to make an up to 1/3 financial saving. With Split My Fare the discount is automatically applied at the checkout which takes the hassle from you. It is helpful to use your phone and get E-tickets which you can forward to the members of your group.
Most central areas of Cambridge are pedestrian-friendly and you can easily access the city’s most famous sights, including the university, by foot. Cambridge is of course home to the world-renowned University of Cambridge, which was established in 1209. The university is divided into 31 colleges. Those with particularly famous buildings worth checking out include King's, Trinity, Queen’s, Clare, Pembroke, Saint Catharine's, Homerton and Corpus Christi.
Tip 6: Compare the difference between single and return tickets
When looking for cheap train tickets to Cambridge on a return journey it is worth keeping in mind that 2 single tickets or an open return may be the best way to book. When you use our website we take the work out of this for you as we automatically look for the best ticket combination which will give you the greatest savings and show you that option.
Tip 7: Use a slower train to achieve cheaper travel
A direct train to Cambridge may seem best but if you want to save money and aren't in a hurry you should consider using different trains to Cambridge. Using different, quieter routes via other stations or using local lines on your journey you can find that your travel is much cheaper. If you are wanting a faster trains our website will find you those travel options instead.
Tip 8: First class can be affordable
Surprisingly, due to the fluctuating demand for different types of tickets you may find that first-class tickets are cheaper than you think for your trains to Cambridge. If there is low demand for first-class and high demand for standard train tickets the price of first-class tickets can be comparable to standard tickets or even cheaper. The other advantage of using them is that you have the luxury of bigger seats, free tea and coffee and food and other drinks being available making a more relaxed journey.
The city’s parks and gardens are also not to be missed. The Botanic Garden of Cambridge University is a great place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of university life. There are also gardens by the river, known as The Backs and located behind the various colleges. The Jesus Green, which was originally proposed as a site for the Cambridge railway station, is a massive piece of parkland and a quiet retreat away from the busy city centre.
Tip 9: Railcards can make journeys cheaper
A great tool for getting a cheap train to Cambridge is to use a discount card. Regular travellers can make great savings for very little initial outlay and even if you travel on trains as little as 3 times a year you can save money. There are many different types of discount card to suite your specifications and most only cost £30 a year or £70 for three years. making them great value.
There is a Senior Railcard is for over 60 yr olds which can get you 1/3 most tickets, a Disabled Persons Railcard which is cheaper at £20 a year and again gets you 1/3 off, a Two Together Railcard means that two people who regularly travel together can save 1/3 off when they travel together. The Family Friends Railcard achieves good savings as using it can reduce the price for up to 4 adults and 4 children making the child ticket 60% cheaper and achieving a 1/3 discount for adults. You can also see savings by booking with the 16-25 yr olds Railcard or the 26-30 yr old Railcard. Members of the Armed Forces have their own discount card and there is a Network Railcard. For more information on each type of card please check the Railcard website. All cards can be purchased by passengers at the ticket office of your nearest station.
Tip 10: Flexibility can make a difference
You can save money by being flexible in your travel arrangements to Cambridge and being willing to travel at less busy times on quieter dates. If you use our journey planner and try different dates we will give you options to buy available tickets at the cheapest prices. Flexibility and using our other tips will give you the greatest saving savings on your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Cambridge by train?
You can get to Cambridge by train from London via Kings Cross station. Trains run every few minutes and normally take around an hour.
What trainline is Cambridge on?
Cambridge Station is on the West Anglia Main Line at the Northern end.