Getting to Papworth

Getting to Papworth

Parking AttendantClick here to download a PDF map of the area.

By Car

The village of Papworth Everard is on the A1198, (the old Ermine Street) and is approximately 7 miles south of Huntingdon and 12 miles west of Cambridge. For complete directions use the Route Planner on the AA website. Our postcode is CB23 3RE. (Please note that the local postcodes were recoded in September 2006. Visitors have informed us that the old Hospital postcode, CB3 8RE, is required by some in-car Sat Nav systems. Please also note that the Papworth Everard bypass, which opened in 2007, does not appear on some newer maps.) Car Parking charges were introduced at Papworth Hospital in September 2006, to ensure our increasingly congested site is accessible to patients and visitors.

  • Charges apply from Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm excluding bank holidays
  • Charges are 2 for 4 hrs, 4 per day
  • Disabled badge-holders park for free
  • Charges for people on specific benefits, as listed in booklet HC11 "Help with health costs", will be reimbursed
  • Weekly tickets (10) and monthly tickets (20) are available from the Car Park Administrator at the main reception

By Bus/Coach

Daytime services are operated regularly from Cambridge by Whippet (tel: 01480 463792) and Stagecoach (tel: 0871 2002233) and less frequently from St Ives (Whippet), Bedford and St Neots (Stagecoach).

By Rail

The nearest railway stations are in St Neots (15 minutes), Huntingdon (20 minutes), Royston (20 minutes) and Cambridge (30 minutes) but you will need to complete your journey by taxi. For details please contact Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit their website.

Help with travel costs

You may be entitled to get help from the Hospital with your travel costs if you are receiving certain low-income allowances, e.g. Income Support, etc. Government leaflet HC11 provides full information. This may be obtained from the Patient Travel Office (situated close to the Main Hospital Reception) or by telephoning 08701 555455, or by clicking here.

If you have any questions regarding which low-income allowances are eligible or have any queries about the help you can get with your travel costs, please contact the Patient Travel Officer on ext. 4276, for advice before you travel.

Travel costs payable are those 'necessarily incurred'. This means travel by the cheapest means of transport available at the time you need to travel.

The types of travel costs paid are:

  • Public transport fares (supporting documentation required)
  • A mileage allowance if travelling by private car
  • Contributions made towards transport provided by a local voluntary car scheme.

NB: Taxi fares will be reimbursed only if there is no other way for you to travel for all or part of your journey.

If you need someone to travel with you for medical reasons, you may also get help with your escort's travel costs providing you are entitled to help with your own costs.

Escort costs are only payable on the completion of an escort form signed by the doctor or sister on the ward. (Escort forms are available from the Car Parking & Patient Travel Office).

To claim your travel costs you or your next of kin should see the Patient Travel Officer each time you come for your treatment. You will need to bring with you appropriate documentation showing your entitlement to have your travel costs paid (letter of notification of your entitlement to Income Support). If you do not bring evidence of entitlement you will have to claim a refund using form HC5 that you will need to send to the appropriate benefit office. The form will tell you what to do. HC5 forms can be obtained from the Car Parking & Patient Travel Office or Main Hospital Reception.

The Patient Travel Office is open from Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 6pm & Friday 8.30am - 5pm. A half hour lunch break is taken between the hours of 12pm and 2pm depending on demand. Indication will be displayed regarding time of re-opening.

Getting around

Click here to see a map of the Papworth Hospital site. Entrance to the RSSC for an overnight study is through the main entrance to the Chest Medical Unit. Entrance to RSSC Outpatients in through the white building situated to the left of the Chest Medical Unit.

Opening hours

This service is available from Monday to Friday.


Papworth Hospital's Garden Restaurant serves meals, snacks, cold and hot drinks. It is available to staff, visitors and patients and is open every day from 7.30 am to 7.00 pm. The Hospital also has a Gift Shop, selling refreshments, newspapers, toiletries and gifts, which is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.