Getting here

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research is located at the heart of Cambridge in Downing Site. The Institute and most of the accommodation options are located within a walking distance or short bus/taxi ride from both Cambridge Central Station (trains) and Cambridge Parkside (coaches).

The following are the most direct routes to Cambridge:

The nearest airport is London Stansted, which is conveniently connected with frequent direct trains to Cambridge Central Station that take about 35-40 minutes.

Luton Airport is connected by direct National Express coaches, with a travel time of about 1:30h. The Cambridge bus station for National Express coaches is centrally located in Cambridge Parkside along Parker’s Piece.

The best option to get into Cambridge from Gatwick Airport is a direct train with an average journey time of 2h. Indirect trains are more frequent depending on the time of the day, with a short walk change from London St Pancras to Kings Cross.

London Heathrow terminals have direct National Express coaches that take about 3h to Cambridge Parkside with buses leaving approximately every 2 hours. Alternatively, the journey can be combined with transfers in the London Tube to King’s Cross or Liverpool street train stations.

Cambridge is connected to London by train via the stations of King’s Cross or Liverpool Street. Travel time to Cambridge is approximately 50 minutes (non-stop from King’s Cross) to 70/85 minutes (from Liverpool Street).

Trains -> nationalrail.co.uk
Coaches -> nationalexpress.com

Transport around town
Cambridge Central train station is located within a 20-25 minute walk to the McDonald Institute and most of the accommodation options in town. There are also many buses leaving towards the city centre such as Stagecoach lines 1, 2, 3, or 7 (around £2 to Emmanuel Street). Taxis are also available outside the train station (£6-7 to the city centre), and Uber also operates with similar prices as taxis.

Coaches to/from Cambridge Parkside stop at Parker’s Piece, which is a 5-10 minute walk to the McDonald Institute and centric accommodation.

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