Travelling by Coach


published: Thu 27th Apr 2017

Coach is probably the best way to arrive - not only is this more friendly to the environment, it can be more fun than a car with the chance to meet new people before you get to the Festival. The services drop you at the Festival Bus Station where a shuttle takes you to the final part of your journey.

They have enough space in the luggage hold for all your supplies and a tent. National Express Coach travel is better for the environment. You generate at least TEN TIMES less CO2 emissions going by coach, than driving in a car alone to the festival.

As part of the Festival's continued commitment to green travel, 15,000 coach + ticket packages will, for the first time, be sold in advance of the general sale and will go on sale via, rewarding green travellers with the chance to be among the first to secure their Glastonbury tickets.

As with the general release of tickets, Festival goers will be able to book up to six coach + ticket packages per transaction. Along with their deposit of £50 per person, those booking coach packages will be required to pay the full coach ticket price for their journey. 

The full list of departure towns/cities and prices for each route are (updated in 2014):
Bristol (single £20 / return £33)
London (single £39 / return £52.50)
Bath (return £31)
Birmingham (return £49)
Brighton (return £52)
Cambridge (return £68.50)
Cardiff (return £39)
Edinburgh (return £105)
Glasgow (return £105)
Leeds (return £64)
Leicester (return £50.50)
Lincoln (return £63)
Liverpool (return £62)
Manchester (return £62)
Newcastle (£84.50)
Norwich (return £71.50)
Nottingham (return £61)
Oxford (return £47)
Plymouth (return £41)
Preston (return £67)
Reading (return £48)
Sheffield (return £65)
Southampton (return £52)
Stoke (return £55.50)
Swansea (return £40)
Swindon (return £46)
Taunton (return £37)
Truro (return £49)
York (return £76)
To make coach travel as convenient and green as possible, regional departures will be sold subject to demand. Please note, in order to fully utilise the capacity of the Festival Bus Station to achieve this aim, the schedule for these departures will be confirmed once all coaches have been filled. All departure times / points will be released no later than 30 days prior to the event.

Due to high demand in the Greater London area, London departures will have pre-allocated departure times.

Only coach travel tickets will be dispatched in advance – festival entry tickets will be handed out mid journey on the coach Photo ID is required to receive Festival tickets. Coach packages are strictly non-transferable. All passengers including children aged 12 and under, and Personal Assistants allocated tickets under the Disabled PA scheme, must purchase a valid coach ticket in order to travel. 

If you are travelling with children aged 12 or under, who do not require an entry ticket for the festival, or a PA allocated tickets by the Disabled Access Coordinator you will need to book the required number of additional seats whilst making their Coach Package booking. 

Glastonbury Festival is also operating a coach shuttle service from Bristol Temple Meads railway station. You can't book in advance, just pay on the bus.

National Express coaches

You can buy coach tickets direct to the Festival from National Express from most major towns & cities. Children 15 and under save 1/3 on adult fares. Information about these services are available on the National Express website as well as the facility to book online.

National Express will have dedicated services from around the country which travel directly to the Festival site's Bus Station on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday direct from over 60 locations. The buses will then be making the return journeys on Sunday or Monday.

Direct coaches from Brighton to Glastonbury

Brighton Peace and Environment Centre's popular coach service runs coaches from Brighton and London to the festival. They will again be offering a wide range of departure times and a friendly, safe, reliable, speedy and eco-friendly alternative to going by car.

Passengers will be asked to produce a valid festival ticket before boarding the coach.

Check the website for more information:

There are normally several private buses run from around the country - some have been running for years. Please note that we have no connection with any of the services listed, and we cannot be held responsible for any problems you may encounter.

Please note: ALL private hire services for public passengers must now use the Drop and Collect facility situated off the A 371 close to the festival. Do Not use the festival bus station which is reserved for GF Services and coach packages. Passes will be required to access the coach park all other buses will be turned away and sent to the drop and collect.

The festival runs a 24/7 shuttle service from the drop and collect location directly to Pedestrian Gate A. The service is set up to accommodate additional numbers for this year’s Festival on the Wednesday for arrivals and the Monday for departures.

Note that rules for all services are NO TICKET, NO TRAVEL.

If you are running a coach, please contact us to have the details added to this page for 2015.

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festival information by: Neil Greenway

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