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

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Train, line 50 bus via King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station  •  4 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to London Kings Cross
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Bournemouth
  3. Take the line 50 bus from Bournemouth Station to Swanage, Sandpit Field 50

$68 - $101

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Bus  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Cambridge Parkside to Heathrow Airport London T2,3 National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Westbourne National Express / ...

$65 - $80

3 alternative options

Train, line 50 bus  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Bournemouth
  3. Take the line 50 bus from Bournemouth Station to Swanage, Sandpit Field 50

$69 - $99

Train, line 50 bus via Reading  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Cambridge to Farringdon
  2. Take the train from London Paddington to Reading
  3. Take the train from Reading to Bournemouth
  4. Take the line 50 bus from Bournemouth Station to Swanage, Sandpit Field 50

$101 - $152

Drive  •  3 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Cambridge to Swanage 178.5 miles

$35 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Cambridge to Swanage is to drive which costs £29 - £45 and takes 3 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cambridge to Swanage is to drive which costs £29 - £45 and takes 3 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cambridge to Swanage station. However, there are services departing from Cambridge Parkside and arriving at Swanage, Bus Station via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Westbourne, Alumhurst Road. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 33 min.

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The distance between Cambridge and Swanage is 143 miles. The road distance is 178.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Cambridge to Swanage without a car is to train and line 50 bus which takes 4 h 46 min and costs £50 - £80.

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It takes approximately 4 h 46 min to get from Cambridge to Swanage, including transfers.

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

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Cambridge to Swanage bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Westbourne station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cambridge to Swanage is 179 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 9 min to drive from Cambridge to Swanage.

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There are 594+ hotels available in Swanage. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Cambridge to Swanage.
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  • Distance: 142.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 46 min

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

You can take a bus from Cambridge to Swanage via Heathrow Airport London T2,3, Westbourne, and Westbourne, Alumhurst Road in around 6 h 33 min.

Train operators
Great Northern
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Cambridge to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
greatnorthernrail.com
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Reading
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$12 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $35
CrossCountry
Bus operators
More Bus
Website
morebus.co.uk
Bus from Bournemouth Station to Swanage, Sandpit Field
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
morebus.co.uk
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 Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Westbourne
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com

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