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Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge



When visiting KICC please enter via the Institute of Astronomy entrance on Madingley Rise where our main reception area is located.

Institute of Astronomy on the scrollable University of Cambridge map

Map of the KICC Site

Kavli main entrance (What3Words)

Arriving by Road

The Institute of Astronomy main entrance is situated on Madingley Rise which joins Madingley Road opposite JJ Thompson Avenue. The map of the KICC site shows available parking.

The main car park is the first entrance on the right after leaving Madingley Road and has about 30 parking spaces.

Additional parking is available (out of office hours) further up Madingley Rise. If you follow the main rise up and round where it turns to the right there is a larger gravel car park to the right (with about 50 spaces) and more parking in front of Greenwich House right at the end of Madingley Rise.

Alternatively parking is available at the Park and Ride, which is less than 10 mins walk away from IoA, along Madingley Road, and also nearby street parking is available along Clerk Maxwell Road.

A disabled parking space is available immediately outside the main entrance.

Arriving by Public Transport

The Universal Bus is the best route from the city centre to the Institute of Astronomy. Ideally leave the bus at the stop at the entrance to JJ Thomson Avenue and cross the road to Madingley Rise.

Click here for information about this service

view the route here

To search all available bus routes between different locations around Cambridge use the journey planner found here.

Arriving by Rail

General information about UK train services is available at the National Rail Enquiries website. In general, trains are quicker but more expensive than coaches.

Universal Bus runs services between Cambridge rail station, the city centre and the Institute of Astronomy, or take a taxi from the queue just outside the station.

There are regular train connections to Cambridge from London. Trains depart from King's Cross or Liverpool Street stations in London. The journey time of the faster King's Cross trains is about 45 minutes, while the other trains are slower and take around 70 minutes, or longer.

Maps of the London underground are available on the TFL website.

Train bookings can be made via Trainline


London can be reached from Paris or Brussels by the Eurostar train which uses the channel tunnel. You will arrive at London St Pancras International station. King's Cross station is next to St Pancras, so walk to King's Cross and catch a train from there to Cambridge.

Arriving by Coach

There are frequent coach connections from the centre of London to Cambridge. These depart from Victoria coach station (near Victoria railway station) and take about 2 hours (more in peak hours). Coach tickets can be bought from the driver. Please note that delays are common because of heavy traffic in and around London.

The Cambridge coach station is close to the city centre and there is an adjacent taxi rank.

Long-distance coach services are run by NationalExpress.

Coach bookings can be made via Trainline.

Arriving by Air

London Stansted

This is the closest major airport, about 25 miles (40 minutes by car subject to traffic conditions) from Cambridge. It is well served by airlines flying to European destinations. For flight information contact the BAA Stansted website or contact the airlines directly.

Cambridge is within easy reach by rail, coach or taxi. The railway station is part of the terminal. The services to Cambridge run frequently and take about 30 minutes. The service operates seven days a week but be aware that it does not run all night so check train times if arriving late in the evening or early in the morning.

There is also a good coach service to Cambridge and the journey takes about 50 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from the coach ticket desk in the arrivals area of the terminal, on the coach or from the National Express web site

London Heathrow

Many airlines fly to London Heathrow. We suggest you take the Piccadilly line from Heathrow Airport to Kings Cross. Change to the main line Kings Cross station, from which fast trains depart to Cambridge railway station.

There is also a direct coach service to Cambridge which takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes (National Express).

Alternatively, a fast train service, the Heathrow Express, connects the airport with London Paddington station. From there use the Underground to connect with rail or coach services listed above to reach Cambridge. The Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines operate between Paddington and Kings Cross.

The new (2022) Elizabeth Line service is fast and air conditioned, so definitely nicer than Piccadilly, and the same price. It is possible to connect to a Cambridge train at Farringdon. See map here. Journey planner.


Black cabs outside the airport can be three times the price of a pre-booked taxi.

London Gatwick

This airport is located to the south of London.

A direct train is available from Gatwick Airport to Cambridge taking around 2 hours. Search National Rail for train times and prices. The Gatwick Airport railway station is accessible from the South Terminal.


We do not recommend travelling from Gatwick to Cambridge by coach. The journey takes about 4 hours.


Black cabs outside the airport can be three times the price of a pre-booked taxi.

London Luton

Some budget airlines and also El Al serve Luton airport, which is about 35 miles from Cambridge.  No intercontinental flights operate from Luton.

There is no efficient train connection from Luton airport to Cambridge. The coach service (National Express) takes about 3hrs to reach Cambridge.


Black cabs outside the airport can be three times the price of a pre-booked taxi.

London City

The City airport is located very close to the centre of London. It serves major European cities. See the London City Airport web site for details. There is a shuttle bus from the airport that connects with the London Underground network.


Black cabs outside the airport can be three times the price of a pre-booked taxi.