Planning a day out and need more information on how to get from London to Cambridge by train? You’ve come to the right place!
The train to Cambridge from London usually takes around 1h 18m, but can take just 47m on the fastest services, with around 304 trains running on this popular route each day. Trains are direct on this route, so once you’ve boarded your train, you can sit back, relax and stay connected with free WiFi available on most services.
You'll be travelling with either Thameslink, Greater Anglia or Great Northern, depending on the station you’re departing from. Thameslink services usually depart from London St Pancras International station, Greater Anglia trains leave from London Liverpool Street and Great Northern from London Kings Cross station.
Want to snap up the cheapest fares from London to Cambridge? Book an Off-Peak train – tickets tend to be cheaper when you travel Off-Peak compared to taking the train at Peak times. To save even more, get yourself a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.
Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from London to Cambridge in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If want to learn more about the journey first, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheaper fares and FAQs including first and last train times.
The average journey time by train between London and Cambridge is 1 hour and 18 minutes, with around 272 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Cambridge is 47 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Cambridge can start from as little as £8 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Cambridge without having to change trains. There are 272 direct trains from London to Cambridge each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Cambridge leaves at 04:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Cambridge leaves at 00:33. 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.
Trains travelling from London to Cambridge cover a distance of around 49 miles (79 km) during the journey.
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With some simple tricks, you can visit the historic town of Cambridge and the iconic King’s College on a day trip from London for less than £20 return. This is how we did it.
The train is the best way to get to Cambridge from London. It's fast and the main station is very close to most the main attractions. Since we had a tight budget, we decided to save money by avoiding the trains leaving from King's Cross station and take one of the trains operated by Greater Anglia departing from London Liverpool Street station. These trains are a bit slower (an average of 25 minutes longer) but the savings are considerable. A return ticket will cost you around £14 from London Liverpool Street instead of an average of £35 from King’s Cross station. In order to see as much of Cambridge in half a day, we left London on the 8:28 am train.
What we did in Cambridge:
Once we arrived at Cambridge train station, we followed the signs towards the city centre. After 15 mins of walking, we reached the popular Regent Street which is full of restaurants and shops.
After visiting Regent Street, we visited King's College, dedicated to the King Henry VI. Entry to the college costs £3 per person and includes admission to the Chapel of the King, one of the best examples of English Gothic architecture. Because we visited Cambridge on a weekday, after our visit to King's College we headed over to the Wren Library at Trinity College, an enchanting library open for free to the public only from Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 14:00. Inside we found some rare manuscripts and an early edition of the works from Sir Isaac Newton.
For lunch, we headed to the market square where we tried some tasty food from several of the outdoor stands that offer ready meals and sandwiches for all budgets.
After lunch, we took a walk along the beautiful river Cam and then went on a half-hour trip on one of the traditional punting boats which run throughout the day, even on most weekdays depending on the season and weather.
Cambridge wasn't too busy visiting on a weekday, however if you are in Cambridge on the weekend, there would most likely be a lot more tourists around. Cambridge is definitely a great destination to get out of London for the day, and if you've got time, take the train from London Liverpool Street to save some money.
**Prices and information correct at time of publishing.