Ely travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ely

With a population of 14,265, Ely is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom.

Where to Eat in Ely

If you’re looking for affordable options, Ta Bouche Ely (Riverside walk, Ship lane) and Sylhet Restaurant (35-37 Market Street) are great picks.

When to visit Ely

Ely in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ely in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Ely


When flying to Ely, you’ll arrive at Cambridge (CBG), which is located 22 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Ely from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 27h 25m.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Ely, followed by Eurostar. The train journey from Ely to Birmingham takes 1h 25m and costs around $32 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Bristol, expect to pay about $52 for a 1h 32m trip. Located 11 km from the city centre, Ely Shippea Hill is the busiest station in Ely. Another popular train station is Ely Littleport, Cambs, located 8 km from the centre.


Another option to get to Ely is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 104 km from Ely. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ely, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Ely takes 209 km and will cost you around $8. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about $20 for a journey of 217 km.

Airports near Ely

Airlines serving Ely

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
Good (2,059 reviews)
Air France
Good (836 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,268 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
Good (4,018 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
Good (757 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in popular areas of Ely

Most booked hotels in Ely

Hilton Cambridge City Centre
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
ibis Cambridge Central Station
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Rectory Farm
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Holiday Inn Express Cambridge, An IHG Hotel
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
Travelodge Cambridge Newmarket Road
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
Ramada Cambridge
Good (6.8, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Ely

Expect to pay $3.21 per litre in Ely (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $38.48 and $51.30. The most frequently booked car type in Ely is Mini (Fiat 500 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Fiat Panda or similar) is, on average, 59% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.