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

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Recommended option

Train, bus  •  2h 4m

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to Stansted Airport
  2. Take the bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station X10 / ...

£22 - £109

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Bus  •  2h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Cambridge Parkside to Stansted Airport London National Express
  2. Take the bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station X10 / ...

£16 - £17

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Train  •  2h 7m

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

£36 - £53

Taxi  •  52 min

  1. Take a taxi from Cambridge to Chelmsford 45.3 miles

£290 - £360

Drive  •  52 min

  1. Drive from Cambridge to Chelmsford 45.3 miles

£6 - £10

Cambridge to Chelmsford by train and bus

The journey time between Cambridge and Chelmsford is around 1h 25m and covers a distance of around 44 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 1h 8m. Operated by CrossCountry, Greater Anglia and First, the Cambridge to Chelmsford service departs from Cambridge and arrives in Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station. Typically 179 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
1h 25m
Fastest journey time:
1h 8m
Services per week:
179
Cheapest price:
£22
Carbon emissions:
5 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
04:51
Last service departs at:
22:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cambridge to Chelmsford train and bus schedules

Cambridge → Chelmsford
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The cheapest way to get from Cambridge to Chelmsford is to drive which costs £6 - £10 and takes 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cambridge to Chelmsford is to taxi which costs £290 - £360 and takes 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cambridge to Chelmsford station. However, there are services departing from Cambridge Parkside and arriving at Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station via Stansted Airport, Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 19m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cambridge to Chelmsford. However, there are services departing from Cambridge and arriving at Chelmsford via London Liverpool Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 7m.

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The distance between Cambridge and Chelmsford is 36 miles. The road distance is 45.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Chelmsford without a car is to train and bus which takes 2h 4m and costs £21 - £110.

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It takes approximately 2h 4m to get from Cambridge to Chelmsford, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Chelmsford is to train which takes 2h 7m and costs £35 - £55. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £17 and takes 2h 19m.

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Map of how to get from Cambridge to Chelmsford.
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  • Distance: 35.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 4m

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

You can take a train from Cambridge to Chelmsford via London Liverpool Street in around 2h 7m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cambridge to Chelmsford via Stansted Airport London and Stansted Airport, Coach Station in around 2h 19m.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Train from Cambridge to Stansted Airport
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£10 - £16
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £18
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£12 - £16
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£12 - £16
Bus operators
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 Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
52 min
Estimated price
£290 - £360
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 Chelmsford bus services, operated by First, arrive at Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cambridge to Chelmsford is 45 miles. It takes approximately 52 min to drive from Cambridge to Chelmsford.

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