Getting to & around the Cotswolds

Visiting England’s Walking & Exploring Capital

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.


Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport Guide

Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport Guide is 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.

Download the 2018 Explore the Cotswolds booklet

Alternatively you can pick one up at one of the many visitor information centres in the and around the Cotswolds.   Please check times and details with individual bus operators before travelling. The Cotswolds Conservation Board cannot accept liability for inaccuracies, changes to services or timetables, or omissions arising from the information contained within this publication.

To view the online timetables please visit Traveline.com


Cotswolds Discoverer One Pass

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

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Getting here 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 Banbury, 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 London Marylebone and Banbury
  • 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:

To find and book train connections to the Cotswolds from across Europe and the UK, follow GoEuro.


Getting here 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.

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Getting here 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