Travel information

Getting to Cambridge

Cambridge is situated in the East of England, 60 miles North of London and very well placed for access by road, rail and air.

Cambridge has a fast train service to and from London Kings’ Cross and St Pancras stations, which is very convenient for Eurostar connections to the rest of Europe. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes from London and several fast trains depart each hour. Please visit the National Rail website to check exact arrival/departure times and cost. There is also a service to Cambridge from London Liverpool Street. Cambridge has two railway stations, 'Cambridge' and 'Cambridge North'. The Cambridge train station which is situated a mile from the historic centre and is more convenient for travellers from London. See below for directions from the station to the venue.

London Stansted is situated 30 miles south of Cambridge and offers a number of routes to and from Europe and other UK destinations. Direct routes to Cambridge by National Express bus services and trains are available direct from the airport and taxis are plentiful.

London Gatwick - Trains now run from Gatwick through to Cambridge (sometimes with a change in London St Pancras) and take approximately 2 hours. More information can be found on the National Rail website. Coaches from Gatwick to Cambridge can take approximately 4 hours. More information can be found on the National Express website. Gatwick is about 2-3 hours drive from Cambridge.

London Heathrow - Trains run from Heathrow to London Paddington (see the Heathrow Express website) and the London Tube (Piccadillly line) can be taken direct from Heathrow to London King's Cross/St Pancras station, from which direct trains to Cambridge can be found (see above). Coaches from Heathrow to Cambridge can take approximately 2-3 hours. More information can be found on the National Express website. Heathrow is about a 2 hours drive from Cambridge.

London Luton - Coaches from London Luton to Cambridge take approximately 1.5-2 hours. More information can be found on the National Express website. London Luton is about a 1 hour drive from Cambridge.

For further information on travelling to Cambridge and contact numbers for airports and travel operators, download the Meet Cambridge travel guide.

For delegates that prefer to drive, Cambridge offers a number of Park & Ride sites on the outskirts of the City and journey times into the centre take just a few minutes. More details are provided below.

Brexit and travel

The UK will most probably leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Implications on passenger travel by air, rail or sea between the UK and the EU are unclear. The British government and the European Commission have published information online for people travelling during this time.

If you are travelling between the EU and the UK for courses, conferences and other events in this period of change, you are advised to keep yourself informed of official advice.

Links below are for your convenience.
British Government : Dept for Transport live website
European Union : Publications Office article published 5 Dec 2018

Applying for a Visa

If you require a Visa to travel to the UK visit for details on how to apply. We can provide invitation and acceptance letters if required. Please contact orchard [at] to request an invitation letter.

Please note that the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. This may result in a change to current Visa requirements.  

Directions to the venue

West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tel:01223 335184

Venue on Google Maps

Printable map of the venue

By Car

From Junction 12 of the M11
Drive for approx 1.5 miles into Cambridge (Barton Road)
Turn left into Grange Road
Turn 3rd right opposite Rugby Club (West Road)
We are half way along the right hand side of West Road.

By Train

Trains run regularly to Cambridge train station rom both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. West Road is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from the Cambridge train station. The Universal bus (see below) also runs from the Cambridge train station to West Road between 0700 and 1930 on weekdays, and between 0830 and 1830 on Saturdays. Timetables for the Universal bus service are available on the Go Whippet website.

Park and Ride

Cambridgeshire County Council run a ‘Park & Ride’ service from Madingley Road, just off Junction 13 of the M11 to the West of Cambridge. Take the Universal/Route U bus (running between 0700 and 1930 on weekdays, and between 0830 and 1830 on Saturdays) and alight at the stop entitled ‘West Road, University Library’, which is approximately 50 metres from the venue. Timetables for the Universal bus service are available on the Go Whippet website. Further information about Park & Ride can be found on the County Council’s website.

Parking at the venue

There are no dedicated parking spaces for conference participants. However, you may find the following helpful:

  • Cambridge City Council parking
  • Pay & display parking on West Road costs 50p per 30mins Monday-Sunday from 9am-5pm, max 4hr stay.
  • 2 bays for blue badge holders are available on the Sidgwick Site, on a first come first served basis.
  • The nearest unregulated streets are Herschel, Adams and Cranmer Roads.