How to get to Glastonbury Festival 2022 amid train strikes
Glastonbury 2022 festival-goers have waited patiently for years to return to Worthy Farm, but have seen their plans seriously sabotaged by nationwide rail strikes.
Workers from National Rail’s Railway, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and 13 train operators are due to walk out on Tuesday June 21, Thursday June 23 and Saturday June 25 – the same week as the famous holiday.
More than 200,000 music fans are expected to travel to the country’s western farmlands – though not all by train – to enjoy performances from headliners such as Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar.
So in case you and your friends are thinking of putting your tents, sleeping bags and beer on board a train service that ends up being affected, we’ve rounded up all the other travel options you have.
Which trains are on strike?
A full train timetable showing services going to Glastonbury Festival has been released to help people do just that.
Some routes still link London and Bristol to Castle Cary, the festival’s nearest station – but the line has been reduced to a handful of services on key travel days, meaning train carriages are likely to be packed.
Travelers were told to expect “significant disruption”.
All trains to Castle Carry during Glasto
It’s a strike day, and even though the festival hasn’t started, thousands of volunteers and workers will turn up to prepare.
From London Paddington to Castle Cary: departures at 9.32am, 10.48am, 11.32am, 1.02pm, 1.32pm, 4.45pm
Bristol Parkway to Castle Cary: 10:05 a.m., 1:06 p.m., 2:06 p.m.
Wednesday is not a strike day, but services may still be reduced to a lower level than usual.
London Paddington to Castle Cary: 7:48am, 8:04am, 8:32am, 9:37am, 10:35am, 12:33pm, 1:32pm, 2:36pm, 4:04pm, 4:36pm, 5:36pm, 6:36pm, 8:03pm, 9:04pm
From Bristol Parkway to Castle Cary: 8:23 am, 9:18 am, 10:16 am, 11:15 am, 12:17 pm, 2:16 pm, 4:16 pm, 4:41 pm, 5:16 pm, 6:17 pm, 8:24 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:25 pm
It’s usually the busiest day for people going on weekends, and guess what? It’s a strike day.
With services greatly reduced, it’s likely to be quite comfortable on any train you manage to hop on.
From London Paddington to Castle Cary: 7:44am, 9am, 10:07am, 11:02am, 11:32am, 1:02pm, 1:32pm, 2:45pm
Bristol Parkway to Castle Cary: 8:03 a.m., 9:07 a.m., 10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1:06 p.m.
It’s another non-strike day, but again services are likely to be less frequent than usual due to continued disruptions.
London Paddington to Castle Cary: 7:04am, 7:32am, 9:37am, 10:35am, 12:33pm, 1:32pm, 2:36pm, 4:04pm, 4:36pm, 5:36pm, 6:36pm, 8:03pm, 9:04pm
Bristol Parkway to Castle Cary: 7:22am, 8:23am, 9:04am, 9:18am, 10:16am, 11:15am, 12:17pm, 2:16pm, 4:15pm, 4:41pm, 5:16pm, 6:17pm, 8:24pm, 8:30pm, 9:25pm
Great Western Railway (GWR) has written to customers who have booked tickets for services which have now changed times due to industrial action next week.
Other ways to get to Glastonbury 2022
By coach or bus
One of the easiest ways to get directly to Glastonbury is to take a dedicated National Express coach.
As an official festival partner, coaches from 70 stations across the UK will take passengers directly to the dedicated Worthy Farm bus station, and bring you back home later.
Departure cities are Birmingham, Bath, Bristol, Canterbury, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newport, Northampton, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield, Southampton and Swansea.
Many major cities also offer a direct route, as well as coaches from major Bristol and Heathrow airports.
Tickets may end up scarce as the festival approaches, although slots are still available at the time of writing. Reserve yours on the National Express website.
If you are traveling from Bristol, the 376 bus service runs from Temple Meads to Glastonbury Town, and the 174 bus runs from Bath Coach Station to Shepton Mallet.
From both destinations, you can then switch to a bus service that will take you to the festival.
It is possible to get to Glastonbury by car, if some form of public transport eludes you.
You will need a parking pass if you wish to arrive by car – however the deadline to apply was Wednesday 15th June so unfortunately this will not be an option if you have not inquired yet.
The Glastonbury Festival website has also provided a helpful list of routes to take and sat nav postcodes to follow, listed below.
Recommended Glastonbury Routes & Sat Nav Postcodes
- From South London: M3 then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP).
- From Swindon: M4 then A350 onto A361. (Sat Nav BA4 4LY).
- From the North East: A1 or M1, M25 to M3 (Junction 12), then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
- From the Midlands: Preferably M40 and A34 to A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
- From the North West: M6, M5 to A39 (Junction 23) then A361. (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
- From Wales: M4, M5 to A39 (as above) (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
- For more local traffic using the A37 North or the A361 East (Sat Nav BA4 4LY)
That said, postcodes will only take you around Glastonbury, where you’ll start to see physical signs directing you.
Once there, you will need to follow Glasto’s parking instructions and refer to this map.
By Uber or taxi
If you’re willing to spend some money, you can take an Uber to the festival.
From Bath to Glastonbury (the city) you were looking for £126 for a single journey, or £148 from Heathrow Airport and around £250 from central London, according to Taxi How Much.
It would be cheaper from Bristol, however, with an hour’s drive costing between £45 and £60 each way – ignoring any price increases that may occur during the festival.
And from there, you’ll still have to travel from the town of Glastonbury to the Worthy Farm festival site.
Cyclists who do not live too far from the Pilton site could, if they wish, cycle to the festival.
It’s something Glastonbury encourages, in a bid to cut its CO2 emissions – and Worthy Farm is just a few miles off National Cycle Network Route 3, which connects Bristol and Cornwall via Devon and Somerset.
From Bristol you’re looking at a three hour and 10 minute cycle, with shorter journey times from cities
If you don’t know where to start, use the Cycle Streets Route Planner to plot your route.
The nearest airport to Glastonbury Festival is Bristol International Airport, with flights operated by airlines such as KLM, easyJet, Ryanair, GB, DAT and British European.
From the airport you can take the Bristol International Flyer shuttle to Bristol Temple Meads before continuing your journey to the Pilton site by bus (see above).
However, revelers traveling to London Heathrow Airport will need to take the National Express bus from the airport, as it will take you directly to Worthy Farm.
Keep in mind that late May and June (at the time of writing) have seen a number of flight disruptions, cancellations and delays from airlines such as easyJet and airports such as Bristol and Gatwick, among others.
On foot – if you’re up for it
Can we get to Glasto on foot? Well, you’d probably be too hungry to enjoy the festival if you tried.
From Bath you would take a seven hour walk, while it takes over eight hours from nearby Bristol or Weston-super-Mare.
It’s around 22 hours from Cardiff, 40 hours from London, 61 hours from Manchester or a grueling 126 hours from Edinburgh – none of that sounds particularly appealing.
In a helicopter
If you’re feeling particularly fit, you can even charter a private helicopter to land you in Glasto.
Fly Glastonbury (an unrelated company) can make it happen, but it will surely cost you. Prices aren’t listed on their website, so you’ll have to inquire to get them. This tells you everything you need to know.
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