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York to Cambridge by train

It takes an average of 3h 30m to travel from York to Cambridge by train, over a distance of around 132 miles (213 km). There are normally 71 trains per day traveling from York to Cambridge and tickets for this journey start from $38.09 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 2h 8m


132 miles (213 km)


71 trains per day


1 change


From $38.09

Train operators

CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Hull Trains, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, East Midlands Railway, Thameslink, London North Eastern Railway, Grand Central Railway

About the train journey from York to Cambridge

Want to travel from York to Cambridge by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from York to Cambridge usually takes 3 hours 30 minutes on average to travel 213 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 2 hours 8 minutes. You can expect to find 71 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between York and Cambridge, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Cambridge.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from York to Cambridge in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $38.09.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Cambridge, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

FAQs for York to Cambridge

Want to know more about your journey from York to Cambridge? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from York to Cambridge take?

The average journey time by train between York and Cambridge is 3 hours and 30 minutes, with around 71 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between York and Cambridge by train?

The fastest journey time by train from York to Cambridge is 2 hours and 8 minutes.

How much does the train from York to Cambridge cost?

Train tickets from York to Cambridge can start from as little as $38.09 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from York to Cambridge?

No, there are no direct train services from York to Cambridge. Travelling from York to Cambridge by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from York to Cambridge leave?

The first train from York to Cambridge leaves at 02:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from York to Cambridge leave?

The last train from York to Cambridge leaves at 23:14. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between York and Cambridge by train?

Trains travelling from York to Cambridge cover a distance of around 132 miles (213 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cambridge to York.

Cheap train tickets from York to Cambridge

Train tickets from York to Cambridge start at $38.09 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for York to Cambridge is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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What are my ticket options for this journey?

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