The best railway station to reach the Festival is Castle Cary
Please book early to get the best available prices and if using a Railcard do not forget to bring it with you along with your ticket.
The best availability of the cheapest fares is likely to be on the early morning departures from London Paddington, with a special non-stop service planned to depart Paddington at 07:15. Rail ticket sales will open approximately 3-months prior to travel. When open for sales please book your train tickets by visiting www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/glastonburyfestival or calling 03457 000 125.
There’s a free shuttle bus for Festival ticket holders running between Castle Cary Station and the Festival Bus Station throughout the Festival. The bus station is next to Pedestrian Gate A. The shuttle operates from Wednesday to Monday (there is no service during the night when trains aren’t running). The buses serve all the main train arrivals throughout the day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, they run from 09:00 to 17:00 (approx) and on Sunday they run from 08:00 to 20:00 (approx). The Monday service starts at 03:00 and the last bus from the Festival to Castle Cary Station will be at 17:00 Remember you will need your Festival ticket to use the bus service to the site.
NB: Please note that all the buses returning to the station (castle Cary and Bristol Temple Meads) on Sunday and Monday are timetables to arrive at the station for the last train. Don’t travel to the station outside these times as you will have to wait in the car park without any facilities. It is better to wait in the Bus park where there is shelter and food and drink and get the first bus in the morning.”
Unfortunately it will not be possible to park at Castle Cary station during the Festival and there are no left luggage facilities at the station.
Although extra rail services will be running to Castle Cary station, queuing for trains is still likely. However, when leaving the Festival, trains on Sunday afternoon and in the early hours of Monday morning tend to be less crowded.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to…
• Pick up your kit from the property lock up near gate A (if you’re leaving any there during the day)
• Get onto the bus and load luggage
• Travel to the station
For those leaving on a Monday make sure you do not arrive too early if you have saver tickets or you will be asked to pay the additional fares or have to travel back to the Festival to wait for the appropriate train.
There are also regular trains from Bristol Temple Meads to Castle Cary, sometimes you may have to change at Westbury, and the journey takes around 70 minutes.
For information on train times call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Bus from Bristol Temple Meads
In 2014, the Festival operated a bus service from Bristol Temple Meads railway station on Wednesday and Thursday 09:00 -19:00 for £15 single. A return service will operate on Sunday 14:00 to 22:00 and Monday 0600 to 1900 again for £15 single. This is a limited service and although journey times are usually around 70 minutes, it can take over 2 hours.
Green Traveller Discount Card
Of course, anyone travelling to the Festival by train will also receive a Green Traveller discount card!