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Travel to BAS Cambridge

Travel options

By Car

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is located close to the M11 motorway, on the outskirts of Cambridge. Visitor parking on site is available.

Parking within the city of Cambridge is very limited, so use Park & Ride sites instead of taking your car into the city centre. Park & Ride sites are situated at:

  • A14: Junctions 33 (Milton Park & Ride) and 35 (Newmarket Road Park & Ride)
  • M11: Junctions 11 (Trumpington Park & Ride) and 13 (Madingley Road Park & Ride)
  • A1307: coming from the south of Cambridge (Babraham Road Park & Ride)

By Air

Cambridge is served by three major airports:

From London Stansted, Cambridge can be easily reached by rail, coach or taxi:

  • there is a direct train to Cambridge, which takes 35 minutes and costs around £10 one way;
  • there are National Express coach services to Cambridge from all three airports and a one way ticket costs around £10–£30;
  • a taxi from London Stansted Airport to BAS will take around 40 minutes.

By Train

The nearest rail station is Cambridge. There are direct trains from London (King’s Cross Station and Liverpool Street Station) which take about one hour; and London Stansted Airport which take about 35 minutes.

Timetable information on trains to Cambridge from anywhere in the UK can be found using:

  • National Rail website
  • National Rail enquiries on +44 (0)8457 48 49 50
  • National Rail TrainTracker™ automated enquiry service +44 (0)871 200 49 50
  • National Rail TrainTracker™ Text on 8 49 50 (text your station or journey)

A taxi from Cambridge rail station to BAS costs around £8–£10. There is also a Cycle Hire shop in the railway station car park.

By Bus

To the city centre

There are no direct buses from the rail station to the British Antarctic Survey. The Citi 1, Citi 3, Citi 7 and Citi 8 bus services run frequently between the rail station and the city centre. All buses to the city centre go from the bus stops on the road to the left as you come out of the rail station – turn left at the mini roundabout in front of the station and cross to the other side of the road. Buses depart from stops 2 and 3.

The city centre bus station is on Drummer Street. Most bus services, including National Express coaches from London and many other UK cities, will stop here. There is also a taxi rank right next to where the airport coaches arrive/depart. A Day Rider ticket allowing unlimited travel within the city for one day currently costs £3.70, and a Mega Rider 7 day ticket costs £12.50 (September 2012).


The Madingley Road Park and Ride bus station is directly across the road from the British Antarctic Survey and buses run every 10 minutes between here and the city centre bus station. Cambridgeshire County Council provide a map of the park and ride routes on their website.

As you leave the Park and Ride entrance on the right hand side, on foot, turn right onto Madingley Road, cross over the road and walk until you reach a gap in the fence directly behind a small lay-by, then walk directly ahead until you reach the BAS Entrance and Reception to your right — approximately in the centre of the east face of the building.

By Cycle

The recommended bicycle route to BAS from the railway station and the city centre is shown in the map below. Allow approximately 30 minutes from the station and 20 minutes from the city centre. There are Cycle Hire shops in the railway station car park and in the Grand Arcade and the Market Square in the city centre. Sheltered bicycle parking is available at BAS.