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There are 9 ways to get from Cambridge to Preston by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via London

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to London St Pancras International LL
  2. Take the train from London Euston to Preston

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Cambridge, Jesus College to Birmingham, Navigation Street
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham, Navigation Street to Preston City Centre, Bus Station

Train

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to Peterborough
  2. Take the train from Peterborough to Leeds
  3. Take the train from Leeds to Preston

Train #2

  1. Take the train from Ely to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston

Drive

  1. Drive from Cambridge to Preston

Train to London Heathrow, fly, train

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to London Kings Cross
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Manchester (MAN)
  3. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

Fly from Cambridge, train

  1. Fly from Cambridge (CBG) to Manchester (MAN)
  2. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

Train to London Gatwick, fly, train

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Manchester (MAN)
  3. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

Train, train to Southampton, fly

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to London Bridge
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway
  3. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Manchester (MAN)
  4. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

Cambridge to Preston by train and walk

The journey time between Cambridge and Preston is around 4h 18m and covers a distance of around 275 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 35 min. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 42m. Services are operated by Thameslink and Avanti West Coast. Typically 193 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
3h 43m
Layover time:
35 min
Total time:
4h 18m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
3h 42m
Journey distance:
275 miles
Services per week:
193
Cheapest price:
£106
Carbon emissions:
23 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
04:54
Last service departs at:
21:54

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Cambridge to Preston train and walk schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Preston is 111.

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The social distance requirement in Preston is 1 metre.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cambridge to Preston is to bus which costs £19 - £35 and takes 6h 55m.

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The fastest way to get from Cambridge to Preston is to drive which takes 3h 21m and costs £30 - £50.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cambridge to Preston station. However, there are services departing from Cambridge, Jesus College and arriving at Preston City Centre, Bus Station via Birmingham, Navigation Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 55m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cambridge to Preston. However, there are services departing from Cambridge and arriving at Preston via London Euston. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 2m.

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The distance between Cambridge and Preston is 160 miles. The road distance is 201.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Preston without a car is to train via London which takes 5h 2m and costs £100 - £320.

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It takes approximately 5h 2m to get from Cambridge to Preston, including transfers.

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Cambridge to Preston bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from Cambridge, Jesus College station.

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Cambridge to Preston train services, operated by Thameslink, depart from Cambridge station.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Preston is to train via London which takes 5h 2m and costs £100 - £320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £35 and takes 6h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Cambridge to Preston.
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  • Distance: 160.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 2m

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

You can take a train from Cambridge to Preston via London St Pancras International LL and London Euston in around 5h 2m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cambridge to Preston via Birmingham, Navigation Street in around 6h 55m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £280
Flights from Cambridge to Manchester
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£27 - £130
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£95 - £600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£70 - £290
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £240
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£50 - £170
Train operators
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Cambridge to London St Pancras International LL
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£26 - £35
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£26 - £35
Train from Cambridge to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£26 - £35
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£26 - £35
Train from Cambridge to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £50
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£35 - £50
Train from Cambridge to London Bridge
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£27 - £35
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£27 - £35
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Peterborough to Leeds
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£14 - £140
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£14 - £20
Anytime Day Single
£60 - £85
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£95 - £140
Northern Rail
Phone
+44 800 200 6060
Email
enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Preston
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£23 - £40
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£23 - £29
Anytime Day 1st Class
£28 - £40
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £21
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£12 - £16
Anytime Day 1st Class
£15 - £21
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£16 - £27
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£16 - £20
Anytime Day 1st Class
£19 - £27
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Ely to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£75 - £120
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£35 - £60
Off-Peak Single
£65 - £95
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£75 - £120
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£14 - £23
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£8 - £13
Off-Peak Day Single
£10 - £16
Anytime Day Single
£14 - £23
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£17 - £27
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£9 - £14
Off-Peak Day Single
£12 - £19
Anytime Day Single
£17 - £27
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£7 - £20
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£7 - £11
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£15 - £20
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£9 - £27
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£9 - £14
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£20 - £27
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Cambridge, Jesus College to Birmingham, Navigation Street
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
£9 - £16
Website
Megabus UK
Bus from Birmingham, Navigation Street to Preston City Centre, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£10 - £17
Website
Megabus UK

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Manchester Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Cambridge to Preston bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Preston City Centre, Bus Station.

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Cambridge to Preston train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Preston station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cambridge to Preston is 201 miles. It takes approximately 3h 21m to drive from Cambridge to Preston.

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British Airways offers flights from London Heathrow Airport to Manchester Airport.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Cambridge Airport is to bus which takes 13 min and costs .

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