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Buses of Cambridge

It can be hard to find out about buses. This is an unofficial website with some information about the buses of Cambridge UK, plus links to Google maps of the various bus routes. I have tried to make it as accurate as I can by looking at the official maps and timetables, but I do not guarantee the accuracy. If you find any mistakes on it, please contact me, Jo Edkins.

Bus tickets

All the following prices are as of 1 Dec 2021. This website is unofficial, and not constantly maintained, so please check the official websites for up-to-date and accurate information. For most buses in Cambridge, you buy bus tickets from the driver. Park & Ride bus tickets may be bought from machines in the Park & Ride carparks, or from the bus driver. If you travel on the Busway (guided bus), for some stops you have to buy tickets from ticket machines near the stop. Most buses in Cambridge are run by Stagecoach. The Stagecoach Dayrider ticket is valid for one day's unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses within the city and costs £4.50. A single ticket will probably cost less than this, but most returns cost more, so then you will automatically be given a Dayrider.

Park and Ride have free car parks round the city edge and a subsidised bus ride into the centre. Check the official website. Anyone can use a Park and Ride bus, but if you don't start at one of their carparks, you will be charged the normal bus fare, as those type of rides are not subsidised.

If going outside the city, then you may need a Dayrider Plus ticket costing £7.00.

There is also a Megarider ticket which will give you seven days travel starting from the day you bought it. Another choice is a MultiTrip book of tickets, which can be used over more than a week. All these tickets apply to Stagecoach buses only.

Sorry if this all seems complicated! My advice is to have a look around at the bus stop to see if there is a ticket machine. If not, tell the driver your journey (including the return), and he will sell you the cheapest ticket. Some of the more complicated tickets (for mulitiple days) may only be available online.

If you use a Whippet bus, then they have their own price structure. Dayrider and other Stagecoach tickets will not be accepted. You can be caught out by this if you have a Stagecoach Dayrider or Dayrider Plus ticket, then try to use a Whippet bus. This may be relevant for the Busway, where both companies run buses. PlusBus tickets will work for both Stagecoach and Whippet bus - check the official website.

If you are over the pensionable age, you can apply for a bus pass which will let you travel free on all buses after 9.30am. See the official websites.

Common destinations and buses going there

Cambridge centreAll buses below except U, Busway B (and those get fairly close) and X2/X3
Cambridge station (rail)1 - 3 - 7 - U - Park & Ride Babraham Road - Busway A - X2/X3
Addenbrookes hospital1 - 2 - 7 - U - Park & Ride Babraham Road - Busway A - X2/X3
Please note that the hospital is a large site, and buses stop at different places.
Grafton CentrePark & Ride Newmarket Road (not both ways)
Science Park / Regional CollegePark & Ride Milton - Busway B
Cambridge North (rail)2 - Busway B

Bus services

See below for summary of bus routes. The buses, of course, travel both ways. For timetables, see the bus company websites.

City centre buses
1StagecoachFulbourn, Cherry Hinton, Addenbrooke's hospital, Cambridge station (rail), city centre, Arbury
2StagecoachNorth Cambridge (rail), Chesterton, city centre, Mill Road, Cherry Hinton Hall, Addenbrooke's hospital
3StagecoachDitton Lane, Newmarket Road, city centre, Cambridge station (rail), Cherry Hinton Road, Cherry Hinton Tesco
4StagecoachCity centre, Madingley Road, Cambourne
5StagecoachCity centre, Shire Hall, Bar Hill, Longstanton, Swavesey
6StagecoachCity centre, Girton, Oakington
7StagecoachCity centre, Cambridge station (rail), Addenbrooke's hospital, Rosie, Sawston, Duxford, Saffron Walden
8StagecoachCity centre, Impington, Histon, Cottenham
X2/X3WhippetRail station, Addenbrookes (and elsewhere) - not a frequent service

Park & Ride
MiltonStagecoachMilton, Science Park, city centre
Madingley RoadStagecoachMadingley Road, city centre
TrumpingtonStagecoachTrumpington, Botanic Garden, city centre
Babraham RoadStagecoachBabraham Road, Addenbrooke's hospital, Hills Road 6th form, Cambridge station (rail), city centre
Newmarket RoadStagecoachNewmarket Road, Grafton Centre, city centre

The Busway (guided bus)
AStagecoachTrumpington P&R, Addenbrooke's, Cambridge station (rail), city centre, Shire Hall, St Ives
BStagecoachNew Square, Cambridge North (rail), Science Park, Regional College, St Ives and beyond
UWhippetEddington, Madingley Road, Grange Road, Silver Street, Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge station (rail), Biomedical Campus - this doesn't go to Addenbrookes at weekends

Some of the buses above travel further than just the centre of Cambridge. There are plenty of other buses which travel from Cambridge to villages and towns round. I have not tried to cover these. Try the county council bus timetables by location. I am concentrating on the buses that serve Cambridge itself.

Description of the Busway

This is sometimes called 'the guided bus', but the official name is The Busway, and that is how the bus stops are labelled.

These buses run partly on ordinary roads as perfectly conventional buses, without a track. The rest of the time, they run on special concrete trackways which are dedicated to their use. There are even special car-traps to stop cars going on the trackway; these are holes in the track which cars get stuck in. You have been warned! Bicycles are also forbidden to ride along the trackway itself (some idiots have tried to). However, there is a cycle/pedestrian path alongside the bus trackway which are very popular (but irrelevant for bus users, of course). The bus runs on normal rubber wheels, but it has a small guide wheel set into its side. When the bus goes from road to track, the wheel runs along the track to guide the bus. Hence the (unofficial) name.

There are two bus companies which run guided buses, Stagecoach and Whippet. This is important when you come to buy tickets or look for routes.

The busway has had some problems between the rail station and Addenbrookes, so there is a safety review being carried out. THis means that the buses may not travel on the guided rails, but by Hills Road instead.

Addenbrookes Hospital

As you can see above, there are several buses going to Addenbrookes Hospital from different parts of Cambridge. If you want to visit the hospital late in the evening or at weekends, or bank holidays, I strongly advise that you look at the official Cambridge bus websites to check what's running.

See above for info about bus tickets.

There is a bus station which is at the front of the hospital, by Hills Road, and some buses, such as 1, 2 and Babraham Road P&R, stop here and nowhere else in Addenbrookes. You may have quite a walk to get to the part of the hospital that you require - it's a big place! There is a road leading from Hills Road into the centre of the hospital. Outpatients is on this road, on your left, fairly close to this bus station. Next on your left is A & E (Accident and Emergency) and at the end of this road, again on the left, there is a rotating glass door which is the main entrance to Addenbrookes Hospital. There is a reception there, and shops, and places to eat. There are also corridors to all the wards. In particular, turning right after you leave the shops concourse, you can walk down a long corridor (the Clown corridor) to get to Addenbrookes Treatment Centre (ATC or the Treatment Centre), which is a kind of Addenbrookes extention. The Addenbrookes Treatment Centre has its own entrance with another glass rotating door, and another reception. This is like a back door into Addenbrookes hospital. It is on Keith Day Road. You can reach the Rosie (maternity hospital) via the Clown corridor. Click here for an official map of Addenbrookes showing the Clown corridor.

7 stops at the Addenbrookes bus station, and elsewhere in Addenbrookes as well.

Other buses do not stop at the bus station. They travel all round the Addenbrookes and Bio-medical campus, stopping at various places, including Outpatients (on the main road to the Addenbrookes building reception), the maternity hospital entrance (the Rosie), and possibly elsewhere as well. I suggest that you ask the bus driver where your particular bus stops. These buses include the Busway buses (guided bus), A, and U.

There is also a hospital courtesy bus visiting different parts of Addenbrookes, including the visitors carpark - see below.

One peculiarity of Addenbrookes Hospital is that the ground floor is not level zero (as in American usage) or level one (as in British usage). It is level two! Ward numbers will be a letter and a number. The number gives the level, so tells you how many flights of stairs (once you've subtracted two!)

Finding your way around, including wards, carparks and bus stops
Information on how to get to Addenbrookes plus info about On-site courtesy bus

Shopping in Cambridge

The biggest shopping area in Cambridge is the city centre. Most buses stop in the centre. If you get off a bus and find yourself walking through a park, then you're walking in the wrong direction for the centre! Turn round and either walk along Emmanuel Street or Christs Lane. There are two shopping malls, the Lion Yard and the Grand Arcade (which run into each other). There is a market 6 or 7 days a week in the Market Square. There are big stores and little shops and places to eat scattered over quite an area.

The other shopping mall is the Grafton Centre, in the middle of the Kite area, with other shopping close by. Park & Ride Newmarket Road stop at the Grafton centre on East Road. Walk through the Grafton Centre to get to Fitzroy Street and Burleigh Street, where the rest of the shopping is - a collection of mostly small shops.

Mill Road has an interesting collection of shops, including ethnic shops, food and otherwise. 2 travels the length of Mill Road.

Click here for maps of the main Cambridge shopping areas, plus photos and descriptions of the shops.

Railway stations and bus stations

The main railway station is not close to the city centre. There are plenty of buses between the station and the centre - see Common destinations and buses going there. Buses going into the city centre and buses going further out are on opposite sides of the road (remember, you can always ask the bus driver where his bus goes!) So click here for maps showing you where the railway station is, plus where the bus stops are at the station.

A new railway station has recently opened to the north of Cambridge, called Cambridge North. It is fairly close to the Science Park.

The main bus station is close to the city centre. It is also too small, so there are bus stops along near-by streets as well - rather a mess! The buses on this website tend to stop in Emmanuel Street, St Andrews St, or Downing Street. Nearly all buses in Cambridge stop in the city centre.

There are also major bus stops which act as mini bus stations. These are Addenbrooke's hospital and the main railway station. Click here for more details on this.

Official Cambridge bus websites: