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Take a guided tour.....
One of the ways to see Cambridge is from an open-topped double-decker bus - such as the one in the picture. They run all year round, and are a good way to see the sights, especially if your time is limited or you want a quick introduction to the layout of the city. Also, if you're interested in the American Military Cemetery at Madingley (which is a mile or so outside the city limits), these buses are a good bet as this is on their route.
The company running these tours is called City Sightseeing. It's a slightly pricey £8 for an all-day hop-on hop-off ticket.
i was in cambridge for about 4 weeks,and i usually went to school or to city centre or anywhere by bus,tho i hired a bike(fell off the first day i hired it,and the last days,the tire was flat),i think it' s cheaper to buy a ticket for a week,costs about 8 pounds,and bus is really convenient,tho it always doesn't come on time,the busy drivers r really friendly and nice
Buses are numerous and mostly reliable in the city centre, and surrounding Cambridgeshire villages.
Prices have got up quite substantially in the last few years, but if you're planning on riding the bus, get a Day Rider. It costs 3 GBP and you can use it all day. Or you can get a week pass for 8 GBP. You can buy these from the bus driver.
The main bus station is Drummer Street Bus Station. From here you can get buses to the villages, Ely and places such as Newmarket, Oxford, Bath and Milton Keynes. The National Express also runs next to the station, with the ticket office opposite. They run buses to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead airports, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, just to name a few. National Express prices are very reasonable, especially if you book in advance (it's like Greyhound) or have a student/senior citizen discount. Beware though - if you're planning on going to the airport, make sure you book your ticket early, because whenever I've travelled, it's been very busy, no matter what time of day.
Exit out of Drummer St. and you'll enter Emmanuel Street. Here you'll find the Citi buses running around the city centre, and to the train station.
Cambus only way to travel in and around town
If you do not like bicycles and you are not staying right in the hart of the town, than buses are your mode of transport. Day rider will set you back £3.50 but will give you feedom of mobility in the radius of 7 miles from the town center.Or you can opt for the family rider, wich alows 2 adults and 4 childern on the bus for a day. In a hop on hop off style.
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I assume this is funded by the local city council - that's what you pay your rates for guys!!
I'm not quite sure what this is all about as the route loops around the city centre which is a max 10 minutes walk in any direction and its not obviously aimed at the infirm or disabled as there is a perfectly good "shopmobility" scheme but I suppose if you're feeling lazy, your feet are sore or it's a bit wet then you can always hop on this freebie bus service which takes you from Emmanuel Street round to Corpus Christi via The Grafton Centre and then back every 15 mins from 9 to 5.
Link has timetable and route as does the back end of the bus!!
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From London/Stansted to Cambridge by coach
National Express has an excellent coach service linking Cambridge with Stansted Airport (and also Heathrow and Gatwick). Service 797 runs twice an hour during daytime with a more limited schedule in the morning and late in the evening. A return ticket from Stansted usually costs around 14 pounds. The advantage of the coach line vs. the train is that the coach runs more often and stops closer to the city centre than the train.
This offer may be interesting for all the Ryanair and Easyjet people who do daytrips from their hometown to London. If you know London well enough, use your low-fare flight for a trip to Cambridge instad.
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Local Stagecoach/Citilink public transport
Local bus services are run by Stagecoach, mostly under the name Citilink. The Citilink lines are the lines within Cambridge and outskirts, while other bus lines have a more regional character. The main bus station is at Drummer Street, between Emmanuel College and Christ's Pieces. But some lines have their stops in nearby Emmanuel Street. Please keep in mind that coaches (National Express) have their stop at Parkside, close to the police station. From there, it is a short walk (but it IS a walk) to Drummer Street.
Tickets for these bus services can be bought from the drivers. For more details, check the Stagecoach homapge below.
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They’re pretty high tech nowadays with screens showing the latest bus arrivals, and their expected time of departure.
Sounds to us like they’ve been spending a few of their lunch hours milling around the railway station.
Longest busway in the world
The 'busway' connects Cambridge to St Ives near Cambridge. Built mainly on the bed of an old railway it by-passes the ridiculously over-trafficked A14 dual carriageway.
The concrete base has been built at massive expense to allow what are normal buses to be 'guided' in the busway section - allowing for fast travel times on dedicated routes.
The service will probably only be useful to visitors if they are 'bus fans' and wish to see this innovative form of public transport in action.
It provides a cheaper way of connecting to Peterborough (the bus continues on 'normal' roads again after St ives) but takes almost an hour longer to make the journey than the train.
Coach is my preference over train from the airport
From London Stansted Airport, I took the National Express coach to Cambridge. The place to get your coach ticket is very easy to find. It is located right outside the airport and the place to board the coach is only a few steps away. There is no need to buy the coach ticket in advance (no savings in price and the coach is NEVER full). I took the coach instead of the train because I had to change if I were to take the train. The coach journey lasted about an hour and it was comfortable enough for me to take a short nap (do not expect too much of the scenery).
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Open top bus
Take a trip on the open top bus - costs about £8, but you can hop off and on as you please. I arrived at Cambridge by train and it is quite a long walk into the centre of town, so the bus was an ideal way of getting into (and around) the town
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