A friend of mine invited me to stay with her in Cambridge in August and I just may do it! I was just wondering about certain things such as transport to and from London. She was giving me a rough idea of how much it costs for a train ride but was unsure of the fares for a passes and I couldn't find a great site online to give me one...so what I ask of you guys is this:
Do you know how much it costs for a standard ticket, weekly pass and monthly pass to get to London from Cambridge by train (and vise versa)?
If it's too pricey, I may just stay in London for a few days and then join her later on in Cambridge. Since I know very little of the areas of London and which are dodgey or not (tee hee, I'm trying to get the lingo down ), what area would you recommend? I found some great hostel prices, but am clueless about the areas.
Thanks in advance!
dont know much about travelin to Cambridge, but i can tell u some good places in London and 'Dodgy".
Stay clear of WhiteChapel/east end - unless u are on the really great "jack the Riper tour" (recommend) .. Kings Cross is gettin better but still after 5 years of goin back...doesnt seem that safe - but good for clubs n such.
I like Earls Court alot - cheap hostels/hotels too. its at the beggining (from Heathrow) of Zone 1 so a bit of travel every day but its a nice place to come back to.
i also recommend Victoria station area - good for transit and nice area - I recall from several years ago.
didnt much care for Southwark either.
Weekly/monthly passes are exorbitant because of so many people commuting. If your prepared to travel in later in the day (i.e. avoiding commuting hours) it's much cheaper, but then you loose a couple of hours each day. It will also be tiring traveling into London everyday for more than a couple, and you miss out on the night life etc.
Would probably suggest spending a few nights in London then going up to Cambridge, although if you work it properly, it's possible and not overly expensive to travel in eveyday You can get off peak (and more expensive onpeak) return tickets which includes all tube/bus/local train in London as well, which are decent value and will probably save you money over hostels/food in London, at a cost of about a 50min each way commute (station to station) plus transfer time each end.
Also a YP/Network railcard at a cost of about 20gbp (can't remember exact , sorry) gives you a 33% discount, which can pay for itself quite quickly.
I don't know anything about hostels in london am afraid, but am fairly expert on its areas/suburbs (it's a large chunk of my job) etc. Give me some area names you've found good prices and i can tell you if the areas are ok or not
Train fares from London to Cambridge start from £16.5 that is after 10am if you want to travel before that time, you are looking at at least double the money. As Gelli mentioned, it is worth getting a young persons rail card, gives you one-third off. If you have lots of time in your hand than try national express coaches. For train time and prices check out www.nationalrail.co.uk. It might be worth getting a coach from Cambridge to Oxford for a day if you haven't been to Oxford before.
If I do land up going, I will probably do the first few days in London and then head out to Cambridge. Is London the type of city to walk around and explore, or would you guys recommend getting a pass for the Undergroud?
KITKAT: I definately would like to check out Oxford! And thanks for the tips for travel time!
Gelli: I will definately look into the railcard if, once I get there, I decide to do a lot of traveling out of Cambridge. To answer your question, I found some cheap rates in Earls Court and Bayswater, although when I look at a map of London, they seem to be on the outskirts. I'm still looking for something more central...
Jeff: The Jack the Ripper Tour sounds great! Although I am travelling alone in London and don't want to scare myself too much before I meet up with my friend
If you're staying in London and want to experience 'the real' London (as opposed to tourist attractions or other rather charmless places ) you should definitaly take bus 73 to Stoke Newington (it will take you about 30 mins - one hour if the traffic is really baaad)
Stokie is personally my favourite part of London, here you have everything you want from bars and cafes to nice shops on Church Street and beautiful Clissold Park. Stokie is lovely mix of London with a strong community feeling, with an extremely diverse population.
I'd recommend Stokie to anyone staying in London for a few days, I live here and love it.
London is huge so it might be well worth buying a travelcard, but it dependes very much on what you want to do and where you want to go. In your situation I would do it, especially if you need to travel to and from your hostel.
Another thing I'd recommend is this very nice walk; start at Embankment and walk over the bridge (over the Thames) to South Bank. (If you want a nice view over central London get into Royal Festival Hall and walk up the stairs to the top floor) From Royal Festival Hall you can walk along the Thames to Modern Tate. Modern Tate is free so if you're into art you should definitely get in, if not you could get in just to get another great view from the top floor, over St Pauls Cathedral.
PM if you need any more info, and I'll see if I can help. Have a great time!
For more info and loads of pic's go here:
Even though it's a bit out of the centre (not really all that far), Earls Court is really good fun if you want to meet other travellers etc as there are a large concentration of hostels in the area, and it's also got quite a high percentage of Ozzie/kiwi's etc living there, so can be really easy to meet people.
Bayswater is one of them major areas for B&B's & smaller hotels/guesthouses, and is quite a posh area. Given the choice, i'd go Earl's Court.
Applegirl's walk is a good one and can be extended either end depending how adventurous/energetic you are feeling! If it's a good weather day, the London Eye gives wonderful views of the whole city, although it obviously costs.
Oxford is also highly recommended for a day or two as a tourist (i lived there 5 years and still go back quite often). Lots of things to do in the surrounding area & Cotswolds as well if you have a couple of days. However it isn't entirely unsimilar to Cambridge and if your pushed for time and based in Cambridge anyway, i'd probably suggest somewhere else instead, which would be more different, for want of a better way of putting it.
Applegirl - Clissold Park eh? Not been in there much, but have a couple of times. SN's is interesting, although i must admit to spending more time in Dalston, Stamford Hill (strange place) and Hackney. And PLEASE no more talk of the 73 - shudder - on here. I come on here to avoid work, not be reminded of it
"Applegirl - Clissold Park eh? Not been in there much, but have a couple of times."
What's that supposed to mean?
It's a lovely park. Check out this 360º panorama from Clissold Park and last years Stoke Newington festival: http://www.urban75.org/vista/clissold.html
Btw why spend time in Stamford Hill and Dalston/Hackney when Stokie is sooo much better?
Applegirl, that's a great site for panoramic pics! I'm hooked!
Thanks for all your insight on what area to stay in Apple and gelli, I will take it into consideration when planning a hostel!