Travel and visas


The city of Cambridge is in the south east of England, 50 miles north of London. It is well served by road and rail links, and is within an easy distance of the major London airports.

King's College is on King's Parade, in the centre of Cambridge. The main University website has an official University map showing King's as well as the other University sites. You can also download a map of King's College.


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By air

Nearest airport: London Stansted Airport (situated north east of London)

London Stansted is the nearest airport, situated 25 miles (40km) south of Cambridge. It is 45 minutes away by bus or 30 minutes by train.

Train from airport: Stansted's train station is directly below the terminal building. You can look up train times at National Rail Enquiries and buy tickets either in advance or at the station. You can either take the train for Birmingham New Street, which is a direct train to Cambridge and takes just over 30 minutes (this service is usually hourly), or get a train to Bishops Stortford and change there to get a train to Cambridge. This will take about 50 minutes.

Coach from airport: Stansted's bus station is opposite the main terminal entrance. Coach tickets can be bought at the ticket desk in arrivals (open 6am to 1am), in the coach station (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or on board. The coach from Stansted to Cambridge is National Express number 717 or 797. You can look up coach times and fares on the National Express website. The set-down point in Cambridge for coaches from Stansted is Parkside, a 15 minute walk from King's.


Alternative airport: London Heathrow Airport (West London)

Train from airport: You can travel from Heathrow Airport to Cambridge by train. First you need to take the Underground from Heathrow to King's Cross Station. This takes about an hour on the Piccadilly line (please visit the Transport for London website for a map of the London Underground ). Then from King's Cross you take a direct train to Cambridge. The coach is quicker, especially since the set-down point in Cambridge is nearer to King's than the railway station.

Coach from airport: London Heathrow is about two hours from Cambridge by coach. The airport coaches are operated by National Express and you can look up coach times and fares on the National Express website. The coaches leave from the Central Bus Station (for terminals 1 to 3), and from outside Terminal 4 (see the Heathrow website). The set-down point in Cambridge for coaches from Heathrow is Parkside, a 15 minute walk from King's.

By train

To check train times to Cambridge from stations around the country and buy tickets, see the National Rail enquiries website.

From London: There are frequent trains from King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations. The journey takes about an hour. You may want to avoid the slow train that stops at all the stations between London and Cambridge. The slow train takes about 2 hours.

Eurostar: It is easy to get to Cambridge if you are travelling by Eurostar from Europe. Eurostar will take you directly to St Pancras International Station. King's Cross Station is just next door to St Pancras and you can get direct trains from there to Cambridge.

Please note: Cambridge Railway Station is not in the city centre. It is about 1.3 miles (1.6km) from King's at the end of Station Road (CB1 2JW). If you do not want to walk, there is a taxi rank outside the station or you could take buses 1 or 7. These buses go from the bus stops as you exit Cambridge station to the bus station in Drummer Street. The buses stop in Emmanuel Street or St Andrew's Street rather than going right into the bus station. The College is a 5 minute walk away from the bus station.


By car

From London: Follow directions to Cambridge along the M11. At Junction 11 take the A1309 into Cambridge.

From the North:Follow directions to the A1 south and follow the A1 and A1(M) until it joins the A14. Take the A14 as far as the M11, and then take the M11 to Junction 11 and follow the A1309 into Cambridge.You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.

Car parking - Car parking is limited and expensive in Cambridge, and there is no car parking available at King's itself. The nearest public car park is the Grand Arcade Car Park on Corn Exchange Street, CB2 3QJ. This is just a few minutes' walk from King's. You can find a complete list of car parks on the Cambridge Council website. Do allow extra time for parking since the city is usually busy. You should also be aware that Cambridge centre is largely pedestrianised. To enforce this there are rising barricades, which are not always shown on Sat Navs.

Taxis
A1 Cabco Taxis +44 (0) 01223 52 55 55 / +44 (0) 1223 31 31 31
Panther Taxis - +44 (0) 1223 715715


By bus/coach

The Drummer Street bus station is ten minutes' walk from the College. For bus routes, see the Cambridge council wesbite
From London: There are coach services to Cambridge from Victoria Coach Station about once an hour.
From Oxford: The X5 is a regular service from Oxford to Cambridge, going through Bicester, Milton Keynes, and Bedford.


Visas

Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Britain. If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements before you travel by visiting http://ukvisas.gov.uk.


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [Extended]:
    23 January 2015
  • Early registration deadline:
    13 March 2015
  • Registration deadline:
    3 April 2015

Links

Abstract book (PDF, 5MB)
Delegate handbook (PDF, 4.5MB)