Passports

Remember that you must have a valid passport to travel to and from the United Kingdom. No visa is required for travel between the U.S. and the U.K. To learn more here and apply for a passport. Apply early to avoid delays.

Flights into London

Persons traveling to Cambridge will fly into London and then use ground transportation to Cambridge. Most major airlines fly into London or have partner airlines which do so.

Persons flying from the U.S. will fly into either Heathrow Airport (west of London) or Gatwick Airport (south of London). Once you land at either airport, you have options for ground transportation (see below). Because of very limited parking options in Cambridge, we do not recommend car rental.

Persons flying from several European cities will also have the option of using Stansted Airport, which is actually the closest major airport to Cambridge.

Heathrow Flights

If you are not familiar with booking international air travel, you may want to work with a travel agent to assist you. One site which can be helpful in comparison shopping for airfares is www.kayak.com, though there are other sites available for this purpose. (Once you check a comparison site, you can also go directly to that airline’s website to purchase tickets.) Airfares vary considerably over time, so be alert to airline sales for travel to the UK, often offered in the spring.

Ground Transportation to Cambridge

Bus

Once you land in London, you can use the bus or train to reach Cambridge.

The easiest option is the National Express Bus, which picks up at the airport and delivers you to center city Cambridge. There are multiple departures through the day and you can reserve your journey online or on site. The bus will deposit you in center city Cambridge, and from there you can walk or catch a taxi to your lodging. Coaches depart from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.

Train

If you prefer, you can catch the train into London and then catch the train to Cambridge from London. From Heathrow airport, the Heathrow Express Train will take you to London Paddington rail station; from Gatwick, the Gatwick Express Train will take you to Victoria Station. You can purchase tickets in advance at their respective websites or at the station. From Heathrow, you can opt for the subway (“tube”) instead, but it is about a 45-minute trip vs. 15 minutes for the train.

Tube \\ Subway

Once you are in London, you will take the tube/subway to either King’s Cross rail station or Liverpool rail station, from which trains depart for Cambridge. The rail station in Cambridge is not in the city centre, so you will want to catch a taxi from there to your hotel or the college where you are staying. Download Tube System Map.

Oyster Cards

If you are going to spend several days in London, you may want to consider purchasing an Oyster card, which enables you to pre-pay for tube and bus transport and then use the card to get on and off without individual tickets. You can purchase the card and have it shipped to you in advance (in the U.S.) so you will have it ready upon arrival in London. Oyster Card and Purchase Information

The Oyster card will not work on Heathrow Express or Gatwick Express, which require separate tickets.

Passports

Remember that you must have a valid passport to travel to and from the United Kingdom. No visa is required for travel between the U.S. and the U.K. To learn more here and apply for a passport. Apply early to avoid delays.