Arriving on Campus
Arriving in the UK
There are a number of airports in the South-East of England, including Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick.
- Stansted – Cambridge = approx. 38 minutes
Stansted – Chelmsford = approx. 28 minutes
- Luton – Cambridge = approx. 1 hour
Luton – Chelmsford = approx. 1 hour 15 minutes
- Heathrow – Cambridge = approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Heathrow – Chelmsford = approx. 1 hour 20 minutes
- Gatwick – Cambridge = approx. 1 hour 40 minutes
Gatwick – Chelmsford = approx. 1 hour 10 minutes
There are a number of options to travel from the airport to either Cambridge or Chelmsford including trains and buses. To make life easier for you, particularly if you are bringing heavy luggage with you, we can help you arrange an airport pick up. For more details about the airport pick up and to make a booking please see https://www.cric.navitas.com/airport-transfer-booking-form
Travelling by bus
For a full list of fares, departure times, pick up points and to book online please go to the National Express website at www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx
Travelling by train
Trains to Cambridge depart London from King’s Cross station, trains to Chelmsford depart from Liverpool Street station. To book tickets and check departure times please see www.nationalrail.co.uk
When you arrive in the UK, you should bring about £150-£200 in cash and/or travellers' cheques for your immediate needs (meals, train fares, etc.) plus money needed for your transport. Avoid carrying any more money on you in case it gets lost or stolen.
Arriving on Campus
1. Travelling to our Cambridge campus
This page contains directions to our campus on East Road. The campus address is East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, and our office is located at Eastings Building, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT.
We’re committed to doing all we can to reduce the environmental impact of traffic travelling to our campuses, and promote the use of public transport wherever possible.
Our East Road campus is about a ten-minute walk from the centre of Cambridge and landmarks such as the Guildhall and Market Square. You’ll find a map at the bottom of this page.
Travelling by bike
Cambridge is the unofficial cycling capital of the UK. You’ll find cycle parking on campus, and the Cambridge Cycling Campaign has a free city map and route planner.
Park and ride
Cambridge has five park and ride bus routes*, two of which (Milton and Newmarket Road) stop at the Grafton Centre, opposite our campus on East Road.
* Please check the Cambridge park and ride website for more information before travelling.
Bus and coach
We’re a 15-minute walk from Drummer Street bus station, where most local bus services stop. Stagecoach has bus timetables and route maps.
National Express coaches (including services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports) stop at the Cambridge Coach Station on Parkside, a five-minute walk from campus. Coach routes and timetables are available from National Express.
Trains run frequently between Cambridge and London, Ipswich, Peterborough, King’s Lynn, Birmingham and Stansted Airport.
If you’re travelling from Heathrow or Gatwick, head for King’s Cross or Liverpool Street stations in London; you can catch trains to Cambridge from there. If you’re planning a train journey in the UK, National Rail Enquiries is a helpful source of information.
If you’re travelling on Eurostar it will bring you to King’s Cross, where you can catch a train to Cambridge. The journey time from London to Cambridge is about 50 minutes to one hour.
When you arrive in Cambridge, taxis are available just outside the station. We’re also just a 20-minute walk from the train station. Alternatively, you can catch the busway A bus to The Busway Parkside (NW-Bound), which is a seven minute walk to campus. Take a look at Google maps to see which option suits you.
Travelling by car
Cambridge is close to the A1 for north-south journeys, and the A14 and A47 for east-west routes.
Central Cambridge can get very busy, so we recommend using the Park and Ride service if you’re travelling by car. There are five different services running seven days a week. Two of the services (Milton and Newmarket Road) stop at the Grafton Centre, opposite our campus. For general parking the Queen Anne and Grafton Street multi-storey car parks are both five minutes’ walk away and there is a short-stay car park opposite our campus on Adam and Eve Street. Students, staff and visitors should not park in the residential streets around the campus.
We don’t have any general parking for students, staff or visitors on campus but there are a limited number of spaces for daily use by Blue Badge holders (book in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Harwich International port is served by Stena Line from the Hook of Holland and Cuxhaven Ferries from Germany. From Harwich, it’s less than two hours to Cambridge by car. You can also travel by train; this takes two to three hours with at least one change.
Maps of Cambridge and our campus
- Cambridge campus map
- Cambridge city centre map
- Cambridge city centre guide
- Cambridge and surrounding area map
2. Travelling to our Chelmsford campus
This page contains directions to our campus in Chelmsford, as well as a number of handy maps.
Our campus address is Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ.
CRIC Chelmsford office address is Queens Building 102, Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, CM1 1SQ
We’re committed to doing all we can to reduce the environmental impact of traffic travelling to our campus and promote the use of public transport wherever possible. Anglia Ruskin students can get discounts on the train and buses in Chelmsford.
There's parking on campus for blue badge holders.
Our campus is about a ten-minute walk from the centre of Chelmsford with all of its shops and restaurants and landmarks like the impressive 15th-century Cathedral Church of St Mary, St Peter and St Cedd.
You’ll find maps at the bottom of this page.
We’ve got plenty of cycle parking and lots of cycle paths lead on and around the campus.
Bus and coach
The bus station on Duke Street is a 15-minute walk from campus with local bus services run by First Group, and National Express coaches usually stopping there. If you’re travelling from Stansted Airport you can catch the regular X30 bus service to Chelmsford.
We’re just a ten-minute walk from the station which is on the main London Liverpool Street to Norwich line. There are up to six trains an hour to London Liverpool Street which take about 35 minutes. Regular services also run to Stratford, Shenfield, Braintree, Witham, Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea. National Rail Enquiries is helpful for planning your journey.
If you’re travelling on Eurostar it will bring you to King’s Cross, you’ll need to make your way to Liverpool Street station where you can catch a train to Chelmsford.
Chelmsford is no more than 15-minutes’ drive from the M25 which gives excellent access to the national road network. The A12 is ten minutes away and is a direct route into London. While there’s only parking on campus for blue badge holders there’re over 5,000 spaces in local car parks. Chelmsford Borough Council has more information about parking in the city.
Park & Ride
Chelmsford has two Park and Ride sites with a regular bus service to and from the city.
Chelmer Valley Park and Ride: buses run straight through our campus. On Monday to Friday, buses run every ten minutes from 7am-5pm, then every 12 minutes until 7pm, then a reduced service with the last bus leaving campus at 9.13pm. Buses also run on Saturdays.
Sandon Park and Ride: buses stop on campus throughout the day except for short periods of time in the morning and early evening (7.33am-8.38am, and 4.11pm-5.52pm), when they stop in the city centre.
Harwich International port is served by Stena Line from the Hook of Holland and Cuxhaven Ferries from Germany. From Harwich, it’s about an hour to Chelmsford by car. You can also travel by train which takes just over an hour; you may need to change.
Taxi services and airport cars are available from all major UK airports to our Chelmsford campus. There are also coach and train services from London airports – details below.
Catch the X30 service from Stansted Airport to Chelmsford Bus Station. It's then a short walk to our campus.
There are regular trains to Chelmsford from Stansted Airport, with just one change.
Catch the NX501 service from Heathrow Airport. Change at Victoria Coach Station in London on to the NX481 service to Chelmsford. It’s then a short walk to our campus.
There are regular trains to Chelmsford from Heathrow with just two changes. Book your ticket and find out more information online.
Catch the NXA3 service from Gatwick Airport to Victoria Coach Station in London. Change on to the NX484 service to Chelmsford. It’s then a short walk to our campus.
There are regular trains to Chelmsford from Gatwick with just two changes. Book your ticket and find out more information online.
Maps of Chelmsford and our campus