Getting to and around the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is served by a comprehensive network of road and rail links making it easy to get to from London, the Midlands and the South West.  The area is also an excellent base for touring, ringed by Bath, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Gloucester.   

The Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport Guide and online timetables are an invaluable information resource to traveling around the Cotswolds by bus and train.  Produced by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, the guide includes taster walks and cycle rides, attractions and places to visit as well as online routes and timetables.

To download the guide, click here.  Alternatively, pick one up at one of the many visitor information centres in the and around the Cotswolds.
To view the online timetables, click on the Northern, Central or Southern links on the right hand menu.

Why not take advantage of the new Cotswolds Discoverer scheme? This one-day or three-day travel ticket will help you save money while you enjoy the best that the Cotswolds has to offer.  

By rail

The Cotswolds are at the heart of the British Rail network with main line trains to the Cotswolds from London, the Midlands and the North and the South West of England.  There are main line railway stations at Bath, Cam and Dursley, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester), Moreton-in-Marsh, Stroud, Charlbury, Kingham and Oxford.

There are regular rail services through the area:

- Between London Paddington and Cheltenham via Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester
- Between London Paddington and Moreton in Marsh via Kingham, Charlbury and Oxford
- Between Cardiff and Cheltenham via Gloucester
- Between Birmingham and Bristol via Cheltenham, Gloucester and Dursley

For detailed rail information and prices please look at the following sites:
www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com

LIVE TRAIN INFORMATION

Click on the links below to give you live train information for stations in the Cotswolds:

Bath
Cheltenham
Kemble (serving Cirencester)
Kingham
Moreton-in-Marsh
Stroud

The Cotswolds and Malverns rail line runs between Oxford and Hereford and takes in northern parts of the AONB along its route. Click here for a guide Cotswolds and Malverns Line Guide.

By bus

The Cotswolds is easy to get around by bus with many local bus services linking main towns throughout the area, including the RailBus services linking to the Cotswolds & Malverns Line trains.

For further information:

Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport Guide
www.pulhamscoaches.com
www.traveline.info
Gloucestershire County Council - transport and travel pages
Oxfordshire County Council - transport and travel pages
Visit Worcestershire - travel information for visitors to and from the Worcestershire area.

By road

The Cotswolds is served by excellent links to the M4, M5 and M40, providing easy access to and from London, Birmingham and the national motorway network.

AA Route Planner