Hotel and Local Information
ASSIGNEES: you will need to go by your companies standard Travel & Accommodation Booking Procedure
CANONICAL EMPLOYEES: you will need to book through Marianna Rafaele.
LINARO EMPLOYEES: please use the link below and claim back through expenses.
NOTE: The Belfry is now fully booked. You can still book accommodation at the overflow hotel at the same rate via telephone. Speak with Alice on +44 (0)1954 714 640 - stating "Linaro" for your discount or book via Alice at The Belfry on Cambridgebelfryreservations@qhotels.co.uk
Rooms are full board @ £120 PPPN. This covers breakfast, Lunch and dinner within the hotel.
- You should check in Sunday 31st afternoon. (Hotel check in is at 3pm)
Overflow accommodation is at The Wyboston Lakes. There will be a shuttle bus at 8.15am every day to take guests to The Belfry Hotel. http://www.wybostonlakes.co.uk/wyboston-lakes-hotel.aspx
How to get there
The hotel is located in Cambourne, which is midway between St Neots and Cambridge. If you're doing the last part of the journey by train on 31 July, try to get to St Neots station as there will be a shuttle service to the hotel. Even if you're not, its the best option - trains are more regular, taxis are a bit cheaper and its slightly quicker -- we suggest you check train times for both options.
There are four major airports suitable for Cambourne
- London Heathrow
- London Gatwick
- London Stansted (by far the best and easiest location)
- London Luton
There are several ways to get to Cambourne from each of the airports.
London Stansted Airport (STN)
This is the airport closest to the Belfry. Stansted is well connected to most parts of Europe through Ryanair and easyJet – but you have to book them on their website, they do not work with agencies.
We recommend you take the direct train connection from Stansted to Cambridge: walk out of the arrivals hall and down to the train platform (all well sign posted). Several trains run every hour, up to approx 11pm. Buy a one-way ticket for £10-£12. NB: You will need to hold onto your ticket to exit Cambridge station! For Train details - Check the Train times and Fares
London Luton Airport (LTN)
Although this airport is also fairly close to Cambridge and Cambourne, it's already harder to travel. There are no direct trains. Look at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/%20National%20Rail for details. For a taxi from Luton Airport to The Belfry it will be approximately £50.00 plus airport parking fees.
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
If you fly intercontinental, you'll probably arrive at Heathrow. This is a big airport with four active terminals. Taking a taxi from Heathrow to Cambourne or Cambridge will cost upto £250.00 - don't do it.
The journey by train takes around 2 hours. The London Underground Piccadilly Line connects directly to King's Cross Station (here's a map of the underground that you can download - http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/standard-tube-map.pdf). The trip takes approx 50 minutes and costs approx 5 pounds. From King's Cross, First Capital Connect trains run directly to Cambridge or St Neots Railway Stations. The trip takes approx 50 minutes for approx £20 Train times and Fares .
National Express runs Coaches from Heathrow to Cambridge approximately every two hours, day and night. The trip takes 2h45m. A ticket will be approx £35. The coaches depart from the bus station near Terminal 3. http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/Airport/heathrow.aspx
There is a good guide to getting from Heathrow to Cambridge (including times of buses etc) here - http://www.tourinaday.com/cambridge/heathrow-to-cambridge.html.
London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
London Gatwick is the farthest airport. While it is frequented by several low-cost airlines, you might want to consider flying into another airport (notably London Stansted) because travel will be cumbersome.
If you really want, you can take the Gatwick Express train into London Victoria (£17), take the underground to King's Cross (£5) and First Capital Connect from there (£20).
Get the train to St Neots Train Station - Check the Train times and Fares
Alternatively, you can take National Express Coach from Gatwick to Cambridge, but the journey takes 3h45m and will take you past Heathrow and Stansted airports.
St Neots Railway Station
On Sunday, there will be a shuttle service between the hotel and St Neots railway station, so if you can aim for this station. Alternatively you can get a taxi, costing approximately £15.00
Cambridge Railway Station
You can get a taxi from the train station to The Belfry hotel. The taxi journey will take approximately 20 minutes and cost approximately £18.00.
Alternatively, catch any bus heading for city centre (Two regular ones are Citi 1 and Citi 3, just make sure they are headed for the city centre and not out of town!). If you buy a DayRider Ticket it will cost £3.50 for a days unlimited travel, covering all Citi buses. Then catch the Citi 4 to Cambourne. This bus leaves approximately every 20 minutes. The Belfry hotel is on the left hand side as you enter Cambourne.
Other Useful Information
In most cases you can buy open return tickets – this will save money compared to two single fares.
Make sure to have enough time to check in, British airports are not known for their speed. Especially the lines through security can be long.
Also, in the case of Gatwick and Heathrow, you need to take into account that you might need to travel from your drop-off point to the correct terminal. This takes less than 5 minutes in Gatwick, but can easily take 20 minutes at Heathrow.
If you take the underground (Piccadilly line) into Heathrow, pay attention that the train actually services your terminal. The trains take turns, so if the first one doesn't, the next one will.
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