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London to Cambridge by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $10.92
  2. 30 day advance $10.92
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
  • Distance
    77 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    1hr 14m
  • Train operators

Travelling from London to Cambridge by train

Fast trains from London to Cambridge take around 46 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 77 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Cambridge.

1. Are there direct trains from London to Cambridge?

Direct trains from London to Cambridge have been found.

We usually find around 116 direct trains on the route from London to Cambridge every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 113 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from London to Cambridge?

The London to Cambridge train travel time is normally about 46 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the London to Cambridge train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Cambridge is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:03 and the last train is around 00:32. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 05:20, and the last at 00:32.

What's the London to Cambridge train price?

The cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Cambridge are $10.92, and there isn't much difference in price depending on when you book.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $10, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.

When to book London to Cambridge train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Cambridge by train.

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Which train companies operate between London and Cambridge?

More than one train company operates on the route from London to Cambridge, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • First Hull Trains
  • Great Northern
  • Other
  • Thameslink

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Cambridge to London by train

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Cambridge Express

It is easy to travel by train from London to Cambridge. Fast trains run non-stop from London King’s Cross station. This Cambridge Express service is operated by Great Northern and takes under 50 minutes to reach Cambridge.

There is an alternative but much slower service from London Liverpool Street to Cambridge, with Abellio Greater Anglia trains.

London Kings Cross to Cambridge

The trains used on the fast run from London King’s Cross to Cambridge are not in their first youth, but they positively dash all the way to the Fenland university city. Most Cambridge Express services run non-stop to Cambridge. It’s a breathless ride which tracks north through London’s suburbs to reach open countryside near Welwyn. You’ll catch a glimpse of the world’s first garden city as you speed through Letchworth and before long the train is slowing for arrival at Cambridge.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.