The best railway station to reach the Festival is Castle Cary
First Great Western is once again delighted to be working with the Glastonbury Festival for this year's event. Rail ticket sales for the complete Glastonbury Festival period are open now.
Additional trains will operate and some scheduled trains will be lengthened or make special stops at Castle Cary station. For full service information and to buy your rail tickets from any UK location with no additional fees or service charges please log onto www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk.
Glastonbury Festival shuttle busses to the Festival will operate from Castle Cary station. If you intend to travel by train, FGW ask that you please bear in mind the following:
• If travelling from London, consider travelling early. FGW will have a train leaving London Paddington at 07:15 with ‘off-peak’ tickets available for travel to Castle Cary.
• If buying a ticket with a Railcard discount, you must carry your Railcard with you when you travel. If you're buying a child ticket please be prepared to also bring proof of age - once you turn 16 an adult ticket is required.
• The exit from Castle Cary station is by a footbridge, so please do not bring more luggage than you can carry. Do not bring wheelbarrows or over-size items as these cannot be safely transported and will not negotiate the station exit route.
• Buy your ticket before you travel. All tickets will be checked on arrival / departure from Castle Cary station.
• A queuing system will be in operation at Castle Cary station at busy times. You will get to and from the Festival site as quickly as possible, please remain good-humoured and allow staff to carry out their work - your patience will be appreciated.
• We want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe Festival. Castle Cary station will be very busy with bus and train movements; there will also be some trains that will not stop at the station. Please respond positively to any requests made by staff or security personnel and stay safe.
• For up to date train information download First Great Western's mobile app
There's a free shuttle bus for Festival ticket holders running between Castle Cary Station and the Festival Bus Station throughout the Festival. The bus station is next to Pedestrian Gate A. The shuttle operates from Wednesday to Monday (there is no service during the night when trains aren't running). The buses serve all the main train arrivals throughout the day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, they run from 09:00 to 17:00 (approx) and on Sunday they run from 08:00 to 20:00 (approx). The Monday service starts at 03:00 and the last bus from the Festival to Castle Cary Station will be at 17:00 Remember you will need your Festival ticket to use the bus service to the site.
Unfortunately it will not be possible to park at Castle Cary station during the Festival and there are no left luggage facilities at the station.
Although extra rail services will be running to Castle Cary station, queuing for trains is still likely. However, when leaving the Festival, trains on Sunday afternoon and in the early hours of Monday morning tend to be less crowded.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to...
• Pick up your kit from the property lock up near gate A (if you're leaving any there during the day)
• Get onto the bus and load luggage
• Travel to the station
For those leaving on a Monday make sure you do not arrive too early if you have saver tickets or you will be asked to pay the additional fares or have to travel back to the Festival to wait for the appropriate train.
There are also regular trains from Bristol Temple Meads to Castle Cary, sometimes you may have to change at Westbury, and the journey takes around 70 minutes.
For information on train times call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Bus from Bristol Temple Meads
The Festival will operate a bus service from Bristol Temple Meads railway station on Wednesday and Thursday 09:00 -19:00 for £15 single. A return service will operate on Sunday 14:00 to 22:00 and Monday 0600 to 1900 again for £15 single. This is a limited service and although journey times are usually around 70 minutes, it can take over 2 hours.
Green Traveller Lanyard
Of course, anyone travelling to the Festival by train will also receive a Green Traveller lanyard (more info coming soon!)