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Glastonbury lies in the southwest of England, about 125 miles or 220km west of London and 28 miles or 40km south of the city of Bristol.

By road, from London and thataway it is best reached by the M3 and A303 (better than the M4.) Leave the A303 at Podimore roundabout (follow A372 Langport), then later turn right onto the B3151 to Somerton and Street, then follow Glastonbury signs.

From the Midlands, Wales and the North, take the M5 south past Bristol (avoid peak hours) and leave at junction 23. Off-peak hours, you can enter Bristol on the M32 and take the A37 to Wells. If you like backroads, take the Avon Gorge (A4) and Old Wells Road or leave the M5 at junction 22 and cross the Somerset Levels (directions here).


If you've been before and want something diferent, follow side-roads from London or the North by clicking here. They take longer but they're cool if you're in the mood.

Flights. Internationally, many people fly into the London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and City are best, while Stansted and Luton are difficult to get to Glastonbury). Then trains or buses are available (see below), or hire a car.

You can also fly in direct to Bristol International airport, from UK and Europe. Long-haul from America or Asia, many people catch a flight to Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt and then a direct flight to Bristol. There are cheap fights from North America (Boston, Toronto, Montreal, DC, LA and San Francisco) via Reyjavik, Iceland, to Bristol, with WOW Air.


Then at Bristol you can hire a car, catch an airport bus to Bristol then bus 376 to Glastonbury, or find someone to pick you up and give you a lift over the Mendip Hills to Glastonbury (the quickest and easiest option).

If arriving at London Heathrow airport, catch the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington, then another train to Castle Cary or to Bristol TM (see Trains below) - they are on different lines, and Bristol trains are more frequent, but Castle Cary, a country station, is closer to Glastonbury. You can also catch an airport bus from Heathrow to Reading, and then a train to Bristol TM or Castle Cary. From London Gatwick, catch a train to Reading or London, then to Castle Cary or Bristol TM.


Trains go from London Paddington to: 

- Bristol Temple Meads, whence the 376 bus to Wells/Street/Yeovil goes hourly to Glastonbury. (Don't take a train to Bristol Parkway.)

- Castle Cary. A rural station with poor transport links. Ask someone to give you a lift from Castle Cary station, or take a taxi - £30ish (12m/18km). Nippy Bus do a bus from Castle Cary station to Street (service 667), and then get from Street by bus or taxi to Glastonbury (2 miles).

- Taunton. Then catch First Bus 29 or Webberbus 38 or 39 - there's a short walk from the train to the bus station. 


From other parts of Britain, travel to Bristol Temple Meads train station or Bristol bus station, and take bus 376.


Cheapest train fares can be found here. Tip for visitors from abroad: the earlier you book a train, the cheaper it is.

Buses. You can also catch a National Express bus from London Victoria bus station, Heathrow airport and the North directly to Glastonbury (timetable here). Berry's also run a direct bus from London to Glastonbury. These are cheaper and take longer.

Alternatively...

find a magic carpet ride (get a lift with someone by car)!

Note: Glastonbury is a magnetic place, so it tends either to pull you in easily, or it tests you, sometimes making the journey complicated and challenging. It's all part of the medicine, what Glastonbury does. Stay cool and give time for flexibility. It's magic. Enjoy the trip!

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