Great Western Railway releases tickets for first Glastonbury Festival since 2019

Organized for the first time since 2019, the Glastonbury Festival will take place over four days with the campsite available to campers from Wednesday 22nd to Monday 27th June.

Great Western Railway (GWR) will run over 50 trains to Castle Cary from London Paddington from Wednesday to Friday, with around 12,000 additional seats made available to bring revelers to the world famous festival.

Arrival dates for the festival are between Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th June and around 20,000 additional passengers are expected to travel with GWR to Castle Cary station in Somerset.

In an effort to get festival-goers to reduce their carbon foot and travel by train, GWR asks passengers to reserve seats and not to bring wheelbarrows or trolleys as they will not be allowed to board the trains.

The huge influx of travelers means that overnight Castle Cary becomes one of the busiest resorts when it used to be one of the quietest.

Credit: Great Western Railway

Castle Cary station manager Ben Scott explains:

“The Glastonbury Festival is one of the busiest events in the GWR network and we want everyone to be here in a timely, safe and affordable way.

“Providing the best experience for all of our passengers means limiting what can and cannot be boarded and providing people with the best information possible to enable them to enjoy trains with less traffic.

“Reserving a seat allows us to see which trains are busiest, so we can let people know on our website where there is more availability.”

Pre-purchased tickets are available now on and allow travelers to choose which train they can book a seat on and which is the cheapest.

One-way GWR tickets are now available, however, return tickets with a return travel date of Monday June 27 are expected to go on sale from Thursday April 7.

The rail industry’s ‘Book with Confidence’ program has been extended until the end of September, meaning passengers can change their travel plans up to the day before departure without having to pay a fee if they are unable to travel and receive a refund. for their unused ticket.

If passengers need to change their travel plans, they can change their trip free of charge until 6 p.m. the day before travel. This facility applies to Advance tickets purchased until September 30, 2022. A price difference may apply and Advance tickets purchased online can also be exchanged for a voucher to be used on future travel.

Before the start of the festival, 51 trains will stop at Castle Cary with 18 additional services running. Passengers will need to be able to carry their luggage on the Castle Cary Skywalk before boarding the shuttle service to the festival site.

Festival-goers only need to bring with them what they can carry and what they can put on a bus, charge their phone if they use e-tickets and don’t forget to bring their train passes with them.

Great Western Railway staff will be available to assist customers traveling to the festival through the GWR network.

For more information on trains to Glastonbury Festival, including luggage and station pick-ups, please visit: -events/glastonbury-festival

Jan G. Gilbert