Glastonbury Festival: GWR train information including timings and prices

Nick Grimshaw unveils the Shania Train
-Credit: (Image: Great Western Railway)


The Glastonbury Festival is just a week away and people will be planning how to get to and from the famous Worthy Farm site. Those intending to take the train need to move quickly as tickets are rapidly selling out.

Great Western Railway (GWR) requires all festivalgoers to make a reservation as the demand for trains is so high. Early and mid-morning trains on both Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 are almost full.

However, services after midday and towards the early and late afternoon still have plenty of seats. GWR is set to run over 40 trains from London Paddington to Castle Cary, as well as many other trains from across the network.

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The journey from London Paddington to Castle Cary is just an hour and 4 minutes. From there, a free bus service is available to Worthy Farm in Pilton.

The festival site opens to the public from Wednesday, June 26. Thousands of punters are expected to make the journey over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the festival, which ends on Sunday, June 30 – before travelling home on the Monday (July 1).

Access to trains on the way home is first-come, first-served, according to where you are travelling. GWR said that a queuing system will be in place.

Nick Grimshaw unveils the Shania Train
Nick Grimshaw unveils the Shania Train -Credit:Great Western Railway

Ticket prices and information

From Wednesday (June 26) to Friday (June 28), GWR will provide 28,600 plus seats on trains from London Paddington, and more than 18,800 for the return on Monday (July 1). A further 29 trains will operate for the return journey towards London Paddington.

Reduced price Advance tickets are currently on sale, with the cheapest Advance ticket costing £44.00. This is 28 per cent cheaper than an Off-Peak Single (£61.60), and 64 per cent less than an Anytime Single (£123.60).

GWR said: "With more people than ever wishing to make sustainable travel choices and avoid long queues on the roads, the train journey from London to Glastonbury has long been the best option.

"Those travelling are also being warned that they may have to queue at London Paddington to board trains safely, and at Castle Cary to exit the station for the connecting bus service."

What you can take on the train

As well as buying a ticket, GWR recommends: "Only bring what you can carry. You will need to be able to carry your luggage over the footbridge at Castle Cary before boarding the shuttle bus service to the festival site; and luggage space is also limited on the shuttle bus."

It adds: "Do not bring trolleys or sack barrows as these will not be allowed on trains or buses. Remember to charge your phone if using electronic tickets (phone charging will be available at the station)."

Finally, GWR says: "Remember your railcard (if you have a have a Young Person’s Railcard)"