Getting to the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds may be in the heart of the English countryside, but it is extremely easy to get to by car or public transport. The Cotswolds area is close to motorways making it easily accessible from London, the Midlands and the North. There are also mainline railway stations at Cam and Dursley, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester), Charlbury, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stonehouse, Stroud and Ashchurch (for Tewkesbury). Do also take a look at our ‘Where are The Cotswolds‘ article for further location information.
If you’re hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of London but aren’t sure how to get to the Cotswolds, keep reading!
The Cotswolds By Car
The Cotswolds is easy to access from London via car and means that you can travel around the rolling Cotswold hills at your own pace once you arrive. The area is served by the M4, M5 and M40 – if you’re staying in a smaller village prepare to navigate quiet country lanes too! Most of our Cotswold cottages have parking spaces or parking nearby, but please do check your booking before starting your journey. If you fancy a day without the car, consider purchasing a Cotswolds Discovery One Day Pass which allows unlimited travel throughout the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds By Train
Are you wondering how to visit the Cotswolds without a car? The fastest way to get to the Cotswolds from London is by train! You can get from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh between 1.5 or two hours. The train has a scenic route, so you’ll get a lovely view of the countryside before arriving at your destination. You can also break up your journey and enjoy the sights of Oxford and a delicious lunch before hopping back on the train. Once you’ve arrived in the Cotswolds, you can hire a car, use the local bus services or join a Cotswold tour. Alternatively, stay in a Cotswold town such as Stow-on-the-Wold or Moreton-in-Marsh so that you can walk to local pubs and attractions.
The Cotswolds By Bus
The coach is a cost-effective way of accessing the Cotswolds and the National Express offers a 2.5-hour journey from London Victoria to Moreton-in-Marsh. You can explore our gorgeous cottages available in Moreton-in-Marsh at the link here. Once you’ve arrived, we would recommend the Cotswolds Discovery One Day Pass to explore the Cotswold countryside.