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How to get to Cambridge

Cambridge is very easy to reach by train from much of Western Europe. The new High Speed Eurostar service links London to Brussels in under two hours and Paris in just 2hr15. Since London St Pancras and Kings Cross are actually two parts of the same station, transferring on to a direct 45-minute Express service to Cambridge couldn't be easier. Since the savings of time and money "enjoyed" by air travellers so often turn out to be a myth, we strongly urge all those who live in the UK, Northern France or the Benelux countries to take the comfortable option and travel by train. Don't forget that a Eurostar ticket is valid to or from any Belgian station, not just Brussels. Indeed, the environmental benefits of train travel make it a worthwhile option for those who can afford it even if they live as far away as Berlin or Madrid!

However, for those who must travel by plane Cambridge is about half an hour's train ride, and an hour by bus from Stansted airport. For bus times, see the National Express website. There are several low cost airlines that fly from Stansted to destinations all over Europe; e.g. Air Berlin, Easyjet, Germanwings, Ryanair

Cambridge is also an hour and a half's bus ride from Luton airport. See the booking form in order to get times (enter Luton Airport as departure, Cambridge as destination, ignore London in the title of the form; you do not need to book in order to find the times!) Both Easyjet and Ryanair also operate from Luton.

Two fast trains per hour run from Cambridge to London King's Cross, where there is a direct underground connection to Heathrow airport. Train timetables for all train journeys can be found here.

Finding the CMEC Venue

The CMEC is being held at the Cambridge Union Society building, which is situated behind the Round Church on Bridge Street. Unfortunately, it is situated quite far from the train station, so the quickest way to get there is by taxi, in which case ask to be taken to the Round Church.

There are also buses from the train station: take the Citi 1 or Citi 3 buses in the direction of the City Centre, and get off at the Bus Station. From the Bus Station, walk to the end of Emmanuel Street and turn right onto St Andrews Street. Keep following this street (it changes its name to Sidney Street and then Bridge Street further along), and the Union Building is on the right, down a little lane by the side of the Round Church after about 500 metres. If you find yourself at the river then you have gone too far!

If you get lost ask for directions to the round church. A map of the city centre can be found here, the Union Building is marked '22'. Alternatively a larger map is available here. You might want to print off either map, as well as these instructions, and bring them with you.

Cambridge is also very bicycle friendly so if feasible you may like to bring your bike with you. From the train station follow signs to the city centre and after about ten minutes you will find yourself on St Andrews Street, which is the continuation of Regent Street, and then follow the above instructions.

CMEC 2009, St John's College Cambridge


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