The nearest airports to Cambridge are London Stansted, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London City and London Luton.
The Universal (U) bus service operates between Addenbrookes, West Cambridge and the Madingley Park and Ride with an additional stop at the railway station.
The service operates a new 15 minute frequency Mon – Fri and a new 20min service on Saturdays between Madingley Park and Ride and the railway station.
Discounts apply for University card holders, just show the driver your card and pay just £1 per journey. Non university card holders also get a reduce journey price of £2.
Other weekly and monthly ticket options are also available for Whippet services. For ticket option click here.
The Universal bus service:
There are National Express coach services to Cambridge from Victoria Coach Station in London approximately every hour. There are also services to other cities and all major airports.
National Express coaches stop at Parkside, in the centre of Cambridge, just over a mile from the Institute. To reach the Institute from Parkside, take a taxi, costing about £5-£7.
From London: There are frequent trains to and from Cambridge from London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street; the faster trains from Kings Cross take just under an hour. Cambridge railway station is about 2.5 miles from the Institute, which is most easily reached by taxi. The taxi rank is to the right just outside the station building; fares to the Institute average around £8 (2017). Alternatively, the Universal bus (Stop 8 at the train station) stops a short walk away on both Grange Road and Madingley Road.
From the North: Trains from the North-East towards London change at Peterborough for connections to Cambridge. Some trains from the North-West may necessitate a change in London or Birmingham. It is generally better to avoid changing in London where possible, as it can be inconvenient travelling across the city, and fares are often considerably more expensive than those on services that do not go via London.
We strongly recommend that you book a taxi to collect you from the airport before your journey. Agreeing a price in advance is much less expensive than getting a taxi when you arrive. Camcab +44 (0)1223 704704, will accept pre-bookings by debit or credit card and will also take your flight details to ensure that they are there upon your arrival.
Please note: Taxi fares paid by Visa or American Express may incur an additional charge
SatNav: the postcode for locating INI is CB3 0EH.
From London: The simplest route is to take the M11 motorway leaving at exit 13 (the third exit marked for Cambridge) and turn right onto the A1303 towards Cambridge (Madingley Road). After 1.1 miles turn right at the traffic lights onto Grange Road and then take the first right onto Clarkson Road.
From the North: Take the A1 south, leaving by the A14 sign posted for M11 and Cambridge. Exit from the A14, just before it turns into the M11, by the A1307 into Cambridge. After 2.4 miles (just after the 30mph speed limit signs and just before the Cambridge Lodge Hotel on your right), turn right onto Storey’s Way. Follow this round to a T-junction and then turn left onto Madingley Road. Take the first right at the traffic lights onto Grange Road followed by the first right onto Clarkson Road.
Parking: The Institute has limited car parking and a parking permit is required. Please ask at the reception desk on arrival.
Please note that EU/EEA & Swiss nationals will no longer be able to use their national ID card to enter the UK from 1 October 2021, and must instead use their national passport. An exception applies to those holding settled or pre-settled status, an EU Family Permit or a Frontier Worker Permit – these individuals can continue to use their national ID card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025.