Currency

The UK currency is the pound sterling (£/GBP) and there are 100 pence (p) to the pound (£). There are numerous exchang often located inside banks, travel agents or Post Offices, as well as at major train stations. Credit and debit (bank) cards – especially Visa and Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club cards – are widely accepted.

Visa and entry

Some people may require a visa to visit the United Kingdom. To find out whether you need a visa to visit London and how to apply, see the UK Visas and Immigration website, or check with your local British Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel. The rules change regularly, so you should check you have the most up-to-date information for your trip.

Public transport

You can find plentiful public transportation options — subway, buses, commuter rail, shuttles, and bike share– in much of Cambridge. As a result, many Cambridge residents, workers, visitors, and students choose to get around on public transit, walking and biking. Given changes going on in Cambridge like more jobs, smaller families, more single people — public transit can play an even more critical role for people getting around Cambridge and greater Boston.

Power outlets

In England the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Air travel

The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is about a 20-minute drive from the city of Cambridge. This airport is a full-service, customer friendly facility which supports commercial, corporate and general air travel. The Region of Waterloo owns and operates the airport.

Train Travel

Cambridge railway station is an elegant Grade II listed building with a long, classical façade. The station is located on Station Road, one mile southeast of the city centre. As a result, it’s only a short walk from the old university city with its galleries, museums, and architecturally stunning colleges. Eastern Counties Railway first opened the station in 1845, and its design has been attributed to British architects Sancton Wood and Francis Thompson. Cambridge station has eight platforms, including the third-longest railway platform in the UK at 470 metres. Just off Station Road is Hills Road, a busy street packed with bustling pubs and restaurants. Winding cobbled streets lead to the town centre, where chic designer shops meet medieval spires and rolling lawns, alongside the waters of the River Cam.

Medications

Some prescribed medicines contain drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs legislation in the UK. This means that extra-legal controls apply to these medicines. You may need a personal license to take controlled medicines abroad. Specific requirements also apply to: the information that you must take with you how you carry your controlled medicines for more information, see Can I take controlled medicines abroad? You can also visit the GOV.UK website for more information on travelling with controlled medicines.

Alternative transport

At the heart of the proposals would be a transformed bus network offering more frequent services, with longer operating hours, more rural connections, and new routes into our growing employment sites.

Bikes

Lower traffic levels would create more opportunities to improve routes for people cycling and walking, better air quality and more opportunities to provide high quality public spaces for people to enjoy.