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Environment and Energy


Travel and transport - Overarching aim

To provide viable and accessible sustainable travel options for staff and students for travel to work, travel at work and travel for work which results in a reduction of carbon emissions


  • At least 75% of staff to be regularly commuting to work by sustainable modes of travel.
  • By 2020 to have reduced the per capita carbon emissions from flights by 25%.

The University's Travel Plan exists to improve access to and between sites, and to enable staff to find alternatives to driving. The annual travel survey of staff helps us to measure progress in this area.

Sustainable travel at the University of Cambridge

With over 11,000 staff, 19,000 students, more than 20 sites of University departments and other buildings, and fewer than 5000 car parking spaces, travel to and at work is a key issue for the University to manage. 

On this page, and in the links to the left, you'll find information on sustainable travel at the University, and what's on offer to staff. You can also subscribe to our quarterly travel newsletter to receive regular updates.

Transport Consultation Mailing List

If you’re a staff or student and want to keep up to date with transport proposals across the University, please sign up to our Transport Consultation mailing list via this link and let us know which sites and modes of transport you'd like to be kept informed on. Topics for consultation will include changes to the Universal bus, walking and cycling schemes and car club proposals.

Commuting to work

Cycling and walking

Discounts and savings; Cycle to Work Scheme; pool bikes; find out how to stay safe on your bike; top tips on how to try and avoid bike theft; online interactive cycle route-finder

Buses and trains

Subsidised travel on the Universal bus route; Cambridgeshire bus services; Park and Ride information

Car clubs and Carshare

Share the commute and save money through the online tool and use the University's Carshare accounts.

Car parking

For general information on car parking, please see the EM website.

Travel plan

The University Travel Plan sets out a package of measures to support sustainable travel initiatives at the University of Cambridge for staff, students and visitors. 

Travel to work loan

Site travel guides

Use the maps below to find the easiest way to travel to work and between the major University sites.

Downing     CBC       West Cambridge

Downing                                Cambridge Biomedical Campus  West Cambridge

Madingley Rise     Sidgwick site     Old Addenbrookes/Mill Lane 

Madingley Rise                       Sidgwick                                Old Addenbrookes/Mill Lane

Business Travel

Business travel is a key part of our work but also of our carbon footprint, incorporating emissions from any travel undertaken on University business. Without negatively impacting on necessary research collaboration or other University activities, we encourage staff and students to think about how they could reduce their personal impact in this area.

If you travel for your role:

  • Travel between University sites using your building's pool bike scheme, if your building does not have a scheme you can contact
  • Consider alternatives to travel where possible. Conference calls save on travel time as well as cost and carbon: Could you use a departmental meeting room, or UIS videoconference facilities?
  • If you're thinking of flying, consider whether it's possible to travel via train instead. This can provide the opportunity to get some additional work done, and if booked in advance can be surprisingly cheap. Have a look at ‘The Man in Seat Sixty-One’ for tips on reaching even far-flung locations via train. Tickets can then be booked through the University's travel account.
  • Make sure that you and your colleagues are aware that free travel insurance is available from the University. Anonymous data from this system helps us to measure our carbon emissions from business travel.