Travelling to the hospital by car

For complete directions use the Route Planner on the AA website. Our postcode is CB23 3RE. Please ensure you choose the option on your sat nav for our current hospital in Papworth Everard, and not the new hospital in Cambridge which will open in April 2019. 

Car parking

Car parking charges are in place at Royal Papworth Hospital and are subject to periodic review.  Patients and visitors will have to display a parking ticket or appropriate permit.  Signs around the hospital show you where patients and visitors may park (‘pay and display’).  Charges apply from 0700 to 2000 every day.

Current car parking charges:

Up to 3 hours £2.50
Full day £5.00
Weekly ticket (7 days) £15.00, available from the machine
Monthly ticket £30.00, available from Estates and Facilities

As the machines do not give change, ensure you have adequate change. If you find that you do not have change, you will have to make a purchase from either the gift shop or the Garden Restaurant.

Blue badges must be displayed at all times. Spaces are provided close to entrances to the various hospital buildings and are free of charge.

Travelling to the hospital by bus

Whippet Coaches Ltd operates regular daytime services from Cambridge and less frequently from St Ives.  Services in the evening are infrequent so it is advisable to make enquiries beforehand.

Tel: 01954 230011 or visit or alternatively the local Cambridgeshire council website.

Travelling to the hospital by train

The nearest railway stations are Huntingdon (20 minutes’ from the hospital by road), St Neots (15 minutes) and Cambridge (30 minutes) but the journey will have to be completed by taxi or bus.

Travel costs

If you are travelling to Royal Papworth Hospital for NHS treatment, you may be entitled to help from the hospital with your travel costs, including parking fees. You or your partner (including civil partners) must produce evidence of the car parking ticket and eligibility for any of the following benefits:

  • Income SupportIncome-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Low income and named on an HC2 certificate or HC3 certificate
  • Universal Credit, and meet the criteria

Travel costs payable are those ‘necessarily incurred’. This means travel by the cheapest means of transport available at the time you travel.
The type of paid travel costs:

  • Taxi fares (mileage allowance and supporting documentation required)
  • Public transport fares (supporting documentation required)
  • Private car (mileage allowance)
  • Voluntary car scheme (mileage allowance)
How to claim travel costs

To claim travel costs you or your representative should go to cashiers office in the CTBI building. You must bring with you appropriate documentation (within date) showing your entitlement to have travel costs paid (e.g. benefit book, letter of notification of your entitlement).

If you do not bring evidence of your entitlement you will not be refunded on the day.  You will have to claim a refund using a HC5(T) form, which will have to send to the appropriate benefit office.

Instructions are provided on the form and are available from Main Reception or download from the NHS Choices Website.

Medical escorts

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

To obtain 'escort' costs, an escort stencil which can be obtained from the Reimbursement Office (next to main reception) or by ringing 01480 364276.
Escort costs are only payable on the completion of this form, signed by a senior nurse or doctor on the ward.

Further advice and guidance

If you have any queries, ask your nurse to contact our social worker on 01480 364279 or 01480 364631.
Further advice may be found online at the NHS Choices website.

For information about travelling to and from Royal Papworth Hospital, contact PALS on 01480 364896.

For information about travel costs, contact the Patient Reimbursement Office on 01480 364276.

Visitors in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits visiting a close relative may be able to receive assistance in the form of a Discretionary Care Grant. Further information about this assistance can be obtained from your local council.