A punt is a square-ended boat which has a flat bottom and no keel; it is propelled using a long pole. Punts were developed in medieval times to provide stable craft which could be used in shallow water. Punting is an alternative way to view parts of the City. You float down the river Cam in an old fashioned punt and your guide (usually one of the students) explains the history and jokes about all the bridges and colleges as you go. A standard return tour takes you the length of the Backs between Silver St and Quayside lasting approximately 45 minutes.
To get around Cambridge walking or cycling are both pretty good options. The roads are usually jammed, and apart from the Park and Ride, the scheduled bus services are fairly poor, especially during the evenings and on Sundays. Most of the buses are run by Stagecoach Cambus, who have a website at www.stagecoach-cambus.co.uk/. There's also the option of a tour bus run by Guide Friday - see http://www.guidefriday.com/camb_home.htm for more details.
Great and frequent service from London. The train is quicker and if doing a day trip probably a better choice. The bus is not as quick but really just as nice and if time isn't a factor about half the price.
Feets don't fail me now.
Cambridge is within easy reach of London Heathrow, London Gatwick & Birmingham International Airport.
London Stansted is the nearest international airport to Cambridge, located just 30 miles to the South of the city, with easy access by train, coach, or car (M11). EasyJet and Ryanair fly from Stansted.
By road:From the South East take the M11. From the North or the South take the A1 and turn off onto the A14.
From London it's a direct line (from Kings Cross) and takes about 45 minutes.
From much of East Anglia you must change at Ely, from where it's about 15 minutes to Cambridge.
From the North (or anywhere else that's not via London) you need to change at Peterborough and it's about 50 minutes from there to Cambridge.
More info: Railtrack
Just walk - it's a small enough city!
By Boat! The river Cam joins the Great Ouse near Ely. The Great Ouse links with the Nene to cover quite an area of Cambridgshire, meaning that by boat you can visit Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, St. Ives, Buckden, Huntingdon, St. Neots, Downham Market and so on.
Don't bother with taxis- they are a rip off! they're possibly pricier than london taxis (shock horror!)
Instead walk: wherever you're going, you'll probably be able to go there on foot, or get the bus- drivers are used to strange accents and lost people- usually very helpful or ask a local who'll be willing to help.
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