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There are 6 ways to get from Waterloo Station to Cambridge by bus, train, rideshare or car

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Recommended option

Line 59 bus, train  •  1 h 20 min

  1. Take the line 59 bus from Waterloo Station Tenison Way to Pentonville, King's Cross Stn York Way 59
  2. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge

$26 - $38

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 47 min

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Cambridge 60 miles

$5 - $11

4 alternative options

Train  •  1 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from London Blackfriars to Cambridge

$26 - $35

Bus  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from London Embankment Stn to Cambridge Parkside National Express

$8 - $13

Line 76 bus, train  •  2 h 41 min

  1. Take the line 76 bus from South Bank, Waterloo Bridge South Bank to Tottenham Hale Bus Station 76
  2. Take the train from Tottenham Hale to Cambridge

$25 - $38

Drive  •  1 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Waterloo Station to Cambridge 59.8 miles

$12 - $19

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The cheapest way to get from Waterloo Station to Cambridge is to rideshare which costs £4 - £8 and takes 1 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Waterloo Station to Cambridge is to drive which costs £9 - £15 and takes 1 h 12 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Embankment Stn and arriving at Cambridge Parkside. Services depart every four hours, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 2 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Blackfriars and arriving at Cambridge. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 18 min.

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The distance between Waterloo Station and Cambridge is 49 miles. The road distance is 59.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Waterloo Station to Cambridge without a car is to line 59 bus and train which takes 1 h 20 min and costs £19 - £29.

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It takes approximately 1 h 20 min to get from Waterloo Station to Cambridge, including transfers.

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Waterloo Station to Cambridge bus services, operated by National Express, depart from London Embankment Stn station.

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Waterloo Station to Cambridge train services, operated by Thameslink, depart from London Blackfriars station.

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The best way to get from Waterloo Station to Cambridge is to train which takes 1 h 37 min and costs £20 - £27. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £6 - £10 and takes 2 h 8 min.

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Map of how to get from Waterloo Station to Cambridge.
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  • Distance: 49.3 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 20 min

What companies run services between Waterloo Station, England and Cambridge, England?

Thameslink operates a train from Waterloo Station to Cambridge hourly. Tickets cost $26 - $35 and the journey takes 1 h 18 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Waterloo Station to Cambridge every 4 hours. Tickets cost $8 - $13 and the journey takes 2 h.

Train operators
Great Northern
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
greatnorthernrail.com
Thameslink
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Blackfriars to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Schedules at
thameslinkrailway.com
Bus operators
London Buses
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Bus from Waterloo Station Tenison Way to Pentonville, King's Cross Stn York Way
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
tfl.gov.uk
Bus from South Bank, Waterloo Bridge South Bank to Tottenham Hale Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
tfl.gov.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 London Embankment Stn to Cambridge Parkside
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
nationalexpress.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $11
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Waterloo Station to Cambridge bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cambridge Parkside station.

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Waterloo Station to Cambridge train services, operated by Thameslink, arrive at Cambridge station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Waterloo Station to Cambridge is 60 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 12 min to drive from Waterloo Station to Cambridge.

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There are 416+ hotels available in Cambridge. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Waterloo Station and Cambridge. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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