SQLSaturday Cambridge Information and Travel

[Last updated on 27th June 2017. More information added as we have it. Keep checking back!]

The SQLSaturday Cambridge 2017 team is working hard to provide all the information that you require. This page will hopefully serve as a rough guide for all the information that may come in handy to make your experience as enjoyable and affordable as possible. If you have any questions that may need answering please email us at sqlsaturday632@sqlsaturday.com clearly stating your question.

Visitor Information and Services

If this page does not provide the answer you are looking for, please visit the official Moller Centre contact and travel information page. Additionally, you should check out the Cambridge County Council Residents information page and Visit Cambridge and Beyond.

Hotels

We are receiving reports that the Moller Centre is fully booked (as is Selwyn College), so we recommend you consider staying at Gonville & Caius College which is nearer to town,  but approximately a 15 minute leisurely walk to the event. Book via https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/conferences/bandb/booking

We highly recommend that you stay at the Moller Centre accommodation or if that is not available consider Gonville and Caius College since both represent good value. The Moller Centre is exactly where the event is being held and we are also hoping to host pre-event drinks there on the Friday evening. Selwyn College and Gonville and Caius College are located at a good central Cambridge location but is a 15-minute walk to the Community day venue.

Moller Centre booking instructions
We have negotiated an excellent price of £70 + VAT for single occupancy bed and breakfast OR £90 + VAT for double occupancy bed and breakfast. To book, call 01223 465534 or email the request to Moller Centre Reception quoting reference number KX 29141. You can find out more about what they have to offer by visiting www.mollercentre.co.uk/accommodation.php?lang=ENG

Selwyn College booking instructions
Alternatively, as a second option, you can book accommodation in Selwyn College which lies approximately half way between the event and the Centre of town. Rooms are priced at £84 in total. For availability and booking please visit the conference accommodation booking page.

Gonville and Caius College booking instructionsdetails soon!
This college is in a good location to the City Centre, but within a 15 minute walk to the Conference venue. Book your accomodation via their website.

Why not search yourself?
We have found in the past that the website Hotels.com appears to be obtaining good discounted prices for some of the Cambridge hotels. Most recently we have found that booking.com to also be convenient and cheap way to find and book Hotels.

We have also come across the University Rooms Cambridge website which appears to provide a good portal to search and book University accommodation availability at good prices.

Travel

Travelling to Cambridge is very easy and is accessible by Road and Train. The Cambridge County Council maintains quite a comprehensive website providing travel and parking information and we recommend you check this out. You may also find Travelline helpful for planning your journeys in and around Cambridge – including Bus routes.

Buses

A regular bus service operates in Cambridge. Details for Cambridge Bus routes can be found via the Stagecoach website. Maps can be found and downloaded.

Walking

These details will follow shortly.

Car

The Moller Centre provides free parking to all attendees but Cambridge also offers a “Park and Ride” service and plenty of Car parks. If travelling by car we recommend driving directly to the Moller Centre on the Community day. Parking is not free at the pre-conference days venue (Cambridge City Hotel) and the closest carpark (next to the hotel) is the Grand Arcade. The cheapest parking option is to use the Park and Ride system.

Park and Ride

Cambridge operates a very low cost park and ride service and this runs regularly from several locations around the outskirts of Cambridge to its centre. Use the Park and Ride service on the pre-conference days if you wish to keep parking costs to an absolute minimum. For more information see Cambridge County Council Park and Ride.

Car Parks

Cambridge has a number of Car Parks scattered around the City but they are not cheap for the day. If attending the pre-conference days, Park and Ride is the cheapest option (as mentioned above) and if attending the Community day then free parking is provided at the venue.

Airports

Our closest major airport is Stansted (midway between London and Cambridge) which has a train service that can take you direct to Cambridge or London. Other London Airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick could also be used but we recommend you use their Heathrow Express or Gatwick Express services respectively to speed up your travel time to the London Underground -which you can then use to travel to Kings Cross Station (see the Train section below).

Train

Getting the train to Cambridge from London is incredibly easy. There are potentially two London mainline stations that go to Cambridge (Kings Cross and Liverpool Street) but only one of them is recommended since the Liverpool Street line has a lot of stops and should be avoided if possible. The recommended route from Kings Cross station is fairly regular and the fastest train will take no more than 1 hour 10 minutes. Try and catch the train that terminates at Kings Lynn but get off at Cambridge (this will be the stop after Royston). Train times can be searched via National Rail and tickets may be purchased online or on the day.

Heathrow Express

If you are flying in or out to/from Heathrow airport then you can either use London Underground immediately from one of the Heathrow terminals (which is not recommended due to the time of travel) or you can make use of the high speed Heathrow Express service which runs every 30 minutes between London and Paddington station -and is ideal way to relax after a long flight. Simply follow the signs from the airport (once you leave security and hit the main concourse) and walk to the service. The signs upon exit will take you to lifts (or stairs) underneath the Airport concourse. Tickets may be purchased in advance or even on the train, but prices are generally better in advance and e-tickets can be used for convenience. The service is relatively cheap (approximately £35 for a return) and the journey to Paddington takes approximately 20 minutes.

Gatwick Express

If you are flying in or out to/from Gatwick airport then you should use of the high speed Gatwick Express service which runs every 15 minutes between London and Victoria station -and is ideal way to relax after a long flight. Simply follow the signs from the airport (once you leave security and hit the main concourse) and walk to the service. The signs upon exit will take you to lifts (or stairs) underneath the Airport concourse. Tickets may be purchased in advance or even on the train, but prices are generally better in advance and e-tickets can be used for convenience. The service is relatively cheap (approximately £31 for a return) and the journey to Victoria takes approximately 30 minutes.

London Underground (Tube)

Maps of the Tube system can be downloaded from Transport for London and for travelling speakers we recommend you do this for piece of mind to your smart phone. You will only need to use London Underground if you have arrived in the UK via Heathrow or Gatwick Airports (see Airports section above) and you will need to use it in order to travel to Kings Cross train station (see Trains section above). Tickets (single or return) can be obtained on the day.

Paddington Underground Station (if using Heathrow Express)

If you are using the Heathrow Express service then upon arrival at your destination you will terminate at Paddington Station. Follow the signs to Paddington London Underground station in order to make your way to Kings Cross Station. You require Tube trains on either the Hammersmith & City or Circle East bound line (this can usually be determined by checking if the destination of the train is an East bound station!) – but ask someone if it is heading to Kings Cross if you are unsure.

Victoria Underground Station (if using Gatwick Express)

If you are using the Gatwick Express service then upon arrival at your destination you will terminate at Victoria Station. Follow the signs to Victoria London Underground station in order to make your way to Kings Cross Station. You require Tube trains on the Victoria North bound line (this can usually be determined by checking if the destination of the train is a North bound station -and usually Walthamstow Central since that is the most Northerly station on that line) – but ask someone if it is heading to Kings Cross if you are unsure.