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There are 5 ways to get from Cambridge to Braintree by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  3h 18m

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Braintree

£42 - £63

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Bus  •  3h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Cambridge Parkside to Stansted Airport London
  2. Take the bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Broomfield, Hospital 42A / ...
  3. Take the bus from Broomfield, Hospital to Braintree Town Centre, Panfield Lane 42B

£17 - £20

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Train, bus  •  3h 25m

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to Stansted Airport
  2. Take the bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Broomfield, Hospital 42A / ...
  3. Take the bus from Broomfield, Hospital to Braintree Town Centre, Clinic 42B

£23 - £112

Taxi  •  46 min

  1. Take a taxi from Cambridge to Braintree 42.3 miles

£85 - £110

Drive  •  46 min

  1. Drive from Cambridge to Braintree 42.3 miles

£6 - £10

Cambridge to Braintree by train

The train journey time between Cambridge and Braintree is around 2h 48m and covers a distance of around 100 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2h 30m. Services are operated by Greater Anglia. Typically 96 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cambridge to Braintree train schedules

Cambridge → Braintree
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The cheapest way to get from Cambridge to Braintree is to drive which costs £6 - £10 and takes 46 min.

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The fastest way to get from Cambridge to Braintree is to taxi which takes 46 min and costs £85 - £110.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cambridge to Braintree. However, there are services departing from Cambridge Parkside and arriving at Braintree Town Centre, Panfield Lane via Stansted Airport, Coach Station and Broomfield, Hospital. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 37m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cambridge to Braintree. However, there are services departing from Cambridge and arriving at Braintree via London Liverpool Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 18m.

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The distance between Cambridge and Braintree is 29 miles. The road distance is 42.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Braintree without a car is to train which takes 3h 18m and costs £40 - £65.

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It takes approximately 3h 18m to get from Cambridge to Braintree, including transfers.

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Cambridge to Braintree bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cambridge Parkside station.

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Cambridge to Braintree train services, operated by Greater Anglia, depart from Cambridge station.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Braintree is to train which takes 3h 18m and costs £40 - £65. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £16 - £20 and takes 3h 37m.

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Map of how to get from Cambridge to Braintree.
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  • Distance: 29.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 18m

What companies run services between Cambridge, England and Braintree, England?

You can take a train from Cambridge to Braintree via London Liverpool Street in around 3h 18m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cambridge to Braintree via Stansted Airport London, Stansted Airport, Coach Station, and Broomfield, Hospital in around 3h 37m.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Train from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Braintree
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£18 - £28
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Cambridge to Stansted Airport
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£10 - £16
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
First
Phone
+44 (0)1224 650100
Website
firstbus.co.uk
Bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Broomfield, Hospital
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£10
Website
First
Bus from Broomfield, Hospital to Braintree Town Centre, Clinic
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£2 - £4
Website
First
Bus from Broomfield, Hospital to Braintree Town Centre, Panfield Lane
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£2 - £4
Website
First
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cambridge Parkside to Stansted Airport London
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Website
National Express
Other operators
Taxi from Cambridge to Braintree
Ave. Duration
46 min
Estimated price
£85 - £110
Panther Taxis
Phone
+44 1223 715 715
Website
panthertaxis.co.uk
Cambrdige City Taxis
Phone
+44 1223 832 832
Website
cambridgecitytaxis.co.uk
Cam Cab Ltd
Phone
+44 1223 704 704
Website
camcab.co.uk
A1 Cab Co
Phone
+44 1223 525 555
Website
a1cabco.com

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Cambridge to Braintree bus services, operated by First, arrive at Braintree Town Centre, Panfield Lane station.

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Cambridge to Braintree train services, operated by Greater Anglia, arrive at Braintree station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cambridge to Braintree is 42 miles. It takes approximately 46 min to drive from Cambridge to Braintree.

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