Glastonbury fields an impressive line-up of world-class acts. Friday night kicks off with Radiohead as well as The XX. The following night their places on the iconic Pyramid stage will be taken by legendary rockers The Foo Fighters, and the immensely talented Katy Perry. On Sunday, the hugely popular Ed Sheeran takes to the stage sure to impress the crowds with his voice and guitar. To make sure you don’t miss out on the action, here’s how to get to Glastonbury.
1. Nearest train station to Glastonbury
Trains heading for Glastonbury depart from London’s Paddington Station. The nearest station for festival-goers is Castle Cary, a short distance from Yeovil, and fortunately it’s mobile ticket enabled! Extra departures are added to the already frequent timetable making finding a London to Glastonbury train easy. Taking the train means that the party can start as soon as you begin your journey.
There’s even a free shuttle bus for Festival ticket-holders meaning you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get from the station to the Glasto gates. Shuttle Buses run throughout the Festival period from Wednesday to Monday. When you’re ready to head back to the station, this quarter-hourly bus leaves from Pedestrian gate A. Save your pennies for the beer tent. Travel smart and book your train tickets to Glastonbury in advance with Trainline. Got a Railcard? Use it when you purchase to save another 1/3 on your fare.
2. Bus to Glastonbury
National Express coaches operate services from certain destinations across the United Kingdom (including London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow). Local buses include the 376 from Bristol which connects to the special Festival bus services, GF1 from Glastonbury (Wednesday to Monday) and GF6 (Friday to Monday). Shuttle GF2 runs from Shepton Mallet and GF4/5 for guests staying at Worthy View campsite.
3. Drive to Glastonbury Festival
Driving to Glastonbury is perhaps the most unpredictable method of getting to the Festival. If you’re coming from London you’ll need to take the M3, A303 and then A37; from the west, the M4 or M5 followed by the A39.
(Try these postcodes in your SatNav: TA11 7DP, BA6 9XE or BA4 4LY. (Note that SatNav directions won’t get you all the way so look out for Festival signs to follow as soon as you get closer to the site).
If you drive, expect long queues to get in, especially if you time your arrival for Wednesday morning or depart on the Monday. It’s an unfortunate reality that you could be stuck in traffic for several hours so be prepared. You don’t get to choose exactly where you park as the marshals try to keep the traffic moving. In addition, parking is expensive at £25 per vehicle for a pass. You can buy it here.