Travel by train
Ely is easily accessible by train, with direct rail services from London King’s Cross (65 mins) Norwich (60 Minutes) Peterborough (40 mins) Birmingham (2½ hours) Manchester (3½ hours) and Stansted airport (50 minutes). Ely is only 4½ hours by train from Paris (via Eurostar) and 4½ hours by train (via Eurostar) from Brussels.
Trains from London to Ely Direct trains from London King’s Cross to Ely depart at approx. 45 minutes past each hour. On the departures board these trains are signed ‘Cambridge and King’s Lynn.’ Please make sure that you sit in one of the front four coaches, as the train divides at Cambridge and only the front four coaches go on to Ely and King’s Lynn. There is plenty of time to change carriages at Cambridge but sitting in the front of the train to start with will make for a more relaxing journey!
Ely station is just 15 minutes beyond Cambridge. Trains to Cambridge leave King’s Cross mainline station at approximately 15 minutes past the hour; it’s well worth catching a Cambridge train as you can easily change at Cambridge for a train to Ely. There are four trains per hour between Cambridge and Ely (departure board destinations are Birmingham, Norwich, Ely and King’s Lynn. Please see www.nationalrail.co.uk or Trainline for full details.)
NB: If changing trains at Cambridge onto a King’s Lynn train, be sure to get into one of the front four coaches as the back four coaches are left behind when the King’s Lynn train departs from Cambridge. For more train information, visit: Trainline or www.nationalrail.co.uk
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On foot or by taxi from the train station.
We are a 15 minute walk from the station. Turn left out of the station, pass the Tesco car park on your left and cross over Angel Drove as it meets the roundabout. Carry on up Station Road and Back Hill until you reach a triangular green called Barton Square.
Cross the green, pass the Fountain Inn on your left and walk up Silver Street. At the top of Silver Street, turn left into St Mary’s Street, which becomes Cambridge Road as you go round a steep left hand bend.
We are one of the first buildings on the left: Number 7, a tall, gabled Victorian house. We work from home so do not have a shop front: look out for the blue front door and the etched scroll on the door glass.
If you would rather travel by taxi, there is a taxi rank outside the station and the ride costs around £4.00. If there is no taxi waiting you could try telephoning A10 taxis on 01353 661010 or FenCabs on 01353 669966.
Approaching Ely by car in general
Please note: when using a satnav, it’s best to input our postcode CB7 4HJ. Some satellite navigation systems will mistakenly direct you to Cambridge Road, Stretham, a village four miles outside Ely. It’s also easy to find us if you follow the instructions below:
The easiest approach to Ely by car from the south, west or north-west is via the A14 and the A10. If travelling from the north, it is best to travel down to the A14 and then up the A10, avoiding the slow cross country roads (A141, A142) between Huntingdon and Ely.
If travelling from the south on the M11, continue north up to the A14 and then take the A10, avoiding the A11 round the east side of Cambridge which is very slow except in the early hours!
Approaching by car on the A10
As you approach Ely you will reach the by-pass roundabout; go straight on towards the city centre (we are exactly one mile on your car’s milometer from this roundabout). You will pass a golf course on your right and a (closed down) petrol station on your left. The road then runs very straight and slightly downhill for 300 yards. Start slowing down and look out for a parking place on the right hand side of the road. We work from home so do not have a shop front: we are a tall gabled Victorian semi- detached house on the right hand side of the road with a blue front door and a cello scroll etched into the door glass. There is a bus stop directly outside the house with parking on either side of the bus stop.
If you drive too far you will be on St Mary’s Street and will encounter islands in the middle of the road, a pelican crossing and traffic lights at the Lamb Hotel.
Approaching Ely on the A142
As you approach Ely the road passes over a river bridge and under a low railway bridge. Pass the railway station and the Tesco car park on your left and go straight on at the roundabout, up Station Road and Back Hill, passing a triangular green (Barton Square) on your left. Carry on, passing the Fountain Inn on your left and into Silver Street (one way street.) At the T junction at the top of Silver Street, turn left into St Mary’s Street. As the road bears left it turns into the Cambridge Road. We work from home so do not have a shop front: we are number 7, the tall gabled Victorian house on the left hand side of the road, behind a bus stop, with a blue front door and a spiral etched into the door glass. You can park beyond the bus stop.
Travel by Air
The nearest airport to Ely is London Stansted (Stansted Airport) the third biggest airport in the UK which is used by 29 airlines serving 34 countries.
Budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet run the majority of flights into Stansted. There is an hourly direct train service from Stansted Airport to Ely which takes 50 minutes. Trains run from 05:20 to 22:50 Monday to Friday, from 05:20 to 23:25 on Saturdays and from 07:46 to 22:18 on Sundays. Stansted Airport rail station is directly below the terminal building. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the station. If you are planning to return to the airport by train from Ely, do consider buying a return ticket, as this is much cheaper than two singles.
If arriving at Heathrow airport, your train journey to Ely will take approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. You need to catch an underground train (Piccadilly line, taking 60 minutes) to London King’s Cross station, then catch a train from King’s Cross to Ely, either the hourly service to King’s Lynn via Ely (65 minutes) or a twice-hourly service to Cambridge (50 minutes), where you can then catch a connecting train to Ely (15 minutes).
If arriving at Gatwick Airport, it’s best to try to catch one of the trains running every 20 minutes from Gatwick (platform 4) to London St Pancras, a direct journey lasting 40 minutes and avoiding the extra time and complication of using the tube. When you get to London St Pancras, just cross over the road to London King’s Cross station where you continue you journey (see below). There are also trains leaving every 10 minutes from Gatwick to London Victoria (30 minutes) where you catch a tube train (Victoria line) to London King’s Cross (about 25 minutes. From London King’s Cross there is an hourly direct service to King’s Lynn via Ely (65 minutes) or a twice-hourly service to Cambridge (50 minutes) where you can catch a connecting train to Ely (15 minutes).
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