Travelling to St Ives

British Isles Map

St Ives is located a few miles East of the town of Huntingdon in the district of Huntingdonshire in the county of Cambridgeshire, in the region of England called East Anglia. The city of Cambridge is less than 15 miles to the South and Peterborough is just 25 miles to the North.

Map of the British Isles showing the location of St Ives

Transport Links


See Streetmaps for a map of the area.

Multimap also provides mapping information for the area.


There is an excellent network of roads serving the area with the M11 and A1(M) motorways to London in the South, the A1 to the North and the A14 running East-West from the east coast at Felixstowe to the motorway network of the West Midlands near Birmingham.


The main east coast railway line passes through Huntingdon which is the nearest railway station to St Ives. From Huntingdon the train takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to London. See Railtrack for details of train times.

At one time there used to be a railway line linking St Ives with Cambridge, Huntindgon and many of the Fenland towns to the north. However, it is now disused, and much of the track has been removed.


A good bus service connecting St Ives with Huntingdon, Cambridge, Peterborough as well as many other towns is available. Both Huntingdonshire District buses and Whippet Coaches run a regular service between Huntingdon, St Ives and Cambridge, as well as to other towns and villages.


Airports: By car Stansted is within about 45 minutes; Luton about 1 hour; Heathrow, Birmingham, East Midlands and Gatwick airports are within approximately 2 hours. They can all be reached using public transport. There are also some scheduled flights to and from Cambridge airport operated by Suckling Airways, tel: +44 1223 293393.

Cambridge Guided Bus Link

Due to the congested nature of the A14 road link between Cambridge and Huntingdon it has been proposed that a Guide Bus link be built linking Cambridge with Huntingdon via St Ives. The guide-way will be built in place of the disused railway track that still exists for most of the way to St Ives. The proposal for a Guided Bus route is not wholly popular and is being opposed by the CASTIRON lobby group, who would prefer to se a rail link connecting Cambridge to Huntingdon. Read both sides of the discussion and make up your own mind!

Here is the most recent Guided Bus Newsletter. (pdf)

Here is the web site for the CASTIRON campaign.

Copyright 2003 David Bartlett