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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

View of the department building from the back, across the pond at the West Cambridge Site

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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
West Cambridge Site
Philippa Fawcett Drive

Telephone +44 (0)1223 748999

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University Map Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (West Cambridge Site)

At CEB, we are committed to sustainability. Below, we have outlined a range of ways that you can reach the main CEB site via public transport including walking, cycling or car sharing. You can also find more comprehensive guides to sustainable travel in Cambridge on the University's main Sustainability webpages, as well as a guide to travel options for the West Cambridge Site.

When visiting CEB for conferences, meetings, lectures or seminars, please consider using public transport where possible. Thank you.

Useful planning websites:

Cycle Streets - cycling route planner

Traveline - the multi-method journey planner

Trainline - plan train journey to Cambridge

Skyscanner - plan your air travel


Cambridge is a compact and flat city, so cycling and walking are quick, cheap and pollution-free methods of travel.
The Cambridge Cycle Map is available from Cambridge City Council.

Bus (local)

U bus: Buses operate to a 20 minute timetabled service frequency, on Mondays to Fridays, between Madingley Road Park & Ride and Addenbrooke's Hospital, serving many University and College sites along the way.

University and college staff and students can travel for the reduced fare of £1.00 per single journey, on presentation of a University Card.


If using satnav, the postcode is CB3 0AS.

From the South & from London, Cambridge is a short trip up the M11 motorway (Junction 13).  From the north, the A1 and M1 link to the A14 dual carriageway straight to the city, and from the east and west, the A14 again takes you to Cambridge.  Please note there is no exit from the M11 at Junction 13 Southbound. 

From the M11 Northbound exit at Junction 13 and turn right towards Cambridge on Madingley Road. One mile from Junction 13 is the entrance to the University's West Cambridge Site on the right hand side of the road.

From the A14 / M11 Southbound, you cannot exit at Junction 13. Continue to Junction 12 (approximately 1 mile South) and rejoin the M11 Northbound back to Junction 13 and proceed as above.

Within the West Cambridge site, please see the map above.


There is limited parking available on the West Cambridge site. If you are attending an event, you will receive separate instructions regarding parking.  For other visitor parking, please get in touch with reception to arrange a parking space:

+44 (0) 1223 748999  

The 'Park and Ride' site on Madingley Road offers free parking (up to 18 hours) and a cheap bus to the city centre.


There are excellent connections from Scotland and the North via Peterborough, and regional services from Birmingham and the Midlands, the Northwest, East Anglia, and Brighton.

From London, frequent, fast rail services depart from King's Cross, St Pancras International and Liverpool Street stations. There are also hourly services to Cambridge from Stansted Airport.

National Rail timetable / journey planner

CEB is a 10-minute taxi drive from Cambridge railway station. The U bus runs every 10 minutes from the railway station to the West Site.


There are frequent coach services to Cambridge available from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, and Stansted airports. Cambridge’s coach station, served by all national coach services, is situated in Parkside, just a few minutes from Drummer Street bus station.

Please be advised that whilst these services are good value for money, they can take much longer than the other options and the frequency of service at some locations e.g. Luton Airport can be poor.

By Air

London Stansted is the nearest international airport to Cambridge (45 minutes by car), located just 30 miles to the South of the city.  Public transport is available by train (direct rail link to Cambridge) or coach. EasyJet and Ryanair fly to and from Stansted.

Cambridge is also within reach of London Luton (1 hr), London Heathrow (2 hrs) & London Gatwick (2 hrs). Please note the times given are for a car journey between the airport and the venue and are not on public transport. If transferring by public transport, there is a direct train service from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge which takes roughly 2 hours.

Heathrow requires either travel to King’s Cross Station in London by tube and then train to Cambridge or a coach transfer. For Luton Airport there is an indirect train service via London or a direct coach service.

Taxi Services

Approximate taxi fares, as of 22/04/22, are given below. These will vary depending on traffic and the time of day you are travelling and are just to give a rough estimate:

Railway Station to the City Centre - £6.00 - £8.00

Railway Station to CB3 0AS (our Department) - £11.00 - £13.00

Several taxi companies offer an airport service costing approximately £60 one way for Stansted and £120 to London Heathrow for pre-booked taxis. They should be contacted in advance to arrange collection from any London airport for transfer to Cambridge.

Local taxi firms

Panther Taxi – +44 (0) 1223 715715  

A1 Cabco - +44 (0) 1223 313131

Smart Drivers - +44 (0)1223 901205 or Email:

Where to stay

Cambridge is a popular tourist and conference destination. It is therefore advisable to book accommodation well in advance of your visit. The Cambridge Visitor Information Centre can help with information on accommodation and can book a place for you.

Travelling within Cambridge

Walking or cycling are the best modes of transport around Cambridge and its immediate surroundings. There are also buses serving the city and local villages, including the 'Universal' bus linking the University sites on the west of Cambridge to the city centre and Addenbrooke's. A discounted single fare is available for University Card holders.