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Train from London King's Cross to Cambridge

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Train from London King's Cross to Cambridge

Our family of of 5 will be staying in London 9 days, and making a day trip to Cambridge. We are debating if we need to book the train tickets in advance. We research on the train's website and understand price is much better if after rush hour. It also seems the more tickets we buy, the cheaper per ticket. We are just not sure if there is advantage or need to purchase ahead - e.g. train is full, cheaper online and/or advance purchase.

Any advise will be appreciated!

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1. Re: Train from London King's Cross to Cambridge

No need to book ahead, the cost is the same regardless of whether you book seven weeks in advance or seven minutes before travel

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2. Re: Train from London King's Cross to Cambridge

But, generally, trains cost less after 9.30 am.

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there are sometimes group offers on trains for 3 or more people travelling together, it depends on the train operator. If you plan other trips outside London look int a family railcard familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/online10/… but you probably won't save enough to recover the cost on just Cambridge tickets. If you want reserved seats you'll need to book in advance but it isn't usually necessary.

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"We research on the train's website and understand price is much better if after rush hour."

Correct. Off peak return tickets are generally much cheaper than anytime returns. That's by design, as the demand for travel is lower after the morning rush hour has ended.

"It also seems the more tickets we buy, the cheaper per ticket."

That's called Group Save, and gives 34% discount for groups of three or more, provided you all travel together. Group Save is only available for off peak travel.

But, neither of those require booking in advance and you can get those fares at the station on the day of travel. You may want to buy the tickets the day before (from any National Rail station) to avoid queueing on the day of travel, but you don't have to buy them online.

It's only the fares marked as "Advance" (which restrict you to specific trains only and only have a limited number of tickets at that fare) that you'd need to order online. But Kings Cross-Cambridge doesn't have Advance fares.

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5. Re: Train from London King's Cross to Cambridge

No reserved seats on the Kings Cross Cambridge service even if you buy ahead of time.

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You will also need to get the bus into the city centre from outside the rail station unless you prefer to walk in. It would be a good 20 minute walk. Or get Citi bus numbers 1,3 or 7 into city centre which should only take a few minutes. Can't help with the price of tickets as we always go to Trumpington Park and Ride. There is usually quite a lot of people waiting for busses so anyone should be able to help or even the bus drivers.

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7. Re: Train from London King's Cross to Cambridge

Trains in the UK never get "full". Even in the Rush Hour there is always room for one more to squeeze in.

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