Last updated: 4 February 2024
Visiting Stonehenge WHS? Leave the car behind if you can. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem!
Stonehenge (SP4 7DX) is near Amesbury but it does not have a railway station. To get to Stonehenge by bus, Salisbury is probably your best starting point.
Public transport information
Salisbury has a large railway station with convenient trains to many parts of the UK. Direct trains go to Salisbury from London Waterloo, Southampton, Portsmouth, South Wales (Cardiff, Swansea, and Newport), Bath, Bristol, and Exeter. Go to South Western Train’s website to plan a journey, buy tickets and live updates. Or download their SWR app.
Check the National Rail website to plan all your rail journeys or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950. Or download the National Rail app.
🚞 ⇒ National and International Rail
Avoid flying to the UK. Far better to forget the hassle of airports and enjoy the journey by train through beautiful scenery. Let the Man in Seat 61 be your independent rail travel guide!
There are coaches that connect London to Salisbury and other regional cities. These are usually cheaper than rail but it takes longer (>3hrs) and the timetables are limited.
The local bus company runs The Stonehenge Tour bus. It is more expensive than normal public bus fares, but it is probably the easiest way to get from Salisbury to Stonehenge. The service starts at Salisbury Rail Station goes direct to Stonehenge via the city centre and returns via Old Sarum, the ruin of Salisbury’s original cathedral.
There are two different timetables: Summer and winter and various price options, including bus only. There are dawn watching shuttle services from Salisbury station to Stonehenge on days of Managed Open Access to the stone circle for solstices and equinoxes. You can find out more by calling UK 01202 338420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
🚌 Buses serving Wiltshire:
🚌 Sample bus destinations of mutual interest:
- Amesbury (History Centre for displays from the recent Blick Mead archaeological digs)
- Bus service Nos. X4, X5, Activ8, 201 (op Salisbury Reds)
- Marlborough (17th century silk Merchant’s House in Marlborough’s historic High Street)
- Service No. X5 (op Salisbury Reds)
- Devizes for Wiltshire Museum (Gold from the time of Stonehenge and other outstanding collections) and don’t miss its historic Market Place
- Bus service No. 2, (op Salisbury Reds)
- Avebury for Alexander Keiller Museum, early 16th century Avebury Manor, World Heritage Site, Silbury Hill, and West Kennet Long Barrow
🚲 🚶♀️⇒ Stonehenge on foot and by bike
Use Connecting Wiltshire to visit Stonehenge on foot or by bike from Amesbury, which is just c. 2 miles (3.5km) away.
The attached helpful downloadable cycle map for Amesbury suggests various routes to access the Visitor Centre avoiding the A303.
⇒Take extreme care if you need to cross the A303 on foot or by bicycle ⇐
Salisbury cycle map shows the start of Route 45 going north towards Amesbury.
Visiting Stonehenge WHS
Opening times and prices: The stone circle, facilities and triangle of land on which the famous circle stands stands is owned by the nation and managed by English Heritage. Free audio guide are available in many languages, and is available on the app in English. Entrance is free to members of English Heritage and National Trust. For opening times, admission prices and booking on line, please visit English Heritage’s Stonehenge website. Ring UK: 0370 333 1181 for bookings.
Much of the c.10 square miles of Stonehenge World Heritage Site is farmed or in private ownership, including Blick Mead. However thousands of acres of chalk downland surrounding the stone circle is owned by the National Trust and contains many ancient monuments such as The Cursus, The Avenue, King Barrow and onwards to Durrington Walls and Woodhenge. Access is free for the public to wander through and enjoy the stunning views of the stone circle in its landscape setting. Information on National Trust’s website. Or ring UK 01672 539920.
Salisbury Information Centre in Fish Row, off the Market Place, (SP1 1EJ) operates the Tourist Information Centre as well as the reception for Salisbury City Council. It is the perfect starting point for visitors to the city of Salisbury. Email: email@example.com Telephone UK 01722 342860
Organised Stonehenge Tours
Several companies offer coach and minibus tours from London to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath which we are happy to encourage as they reduce private car use. There are also knowledgeable specialists who organise bespoke tours of Stonehenge and its landscape. One such operator is Stonehenge Tours. They also run an excellent blog ‘Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information‘ including details about Managed Open Access at Equinoxes and Solstices. Please let us know if we should include other operators.
The only means of accessing Stonehenge by bus is the tour bus described above which charges premium tourist fares.
It shocks visitors when they learn that there is no direct public bus service to Stonehenge that integrates a world heritage route that connects Swindon station to Salisbury via Avebury, and Devizes’ Wiltshire Museum especially at week ends and holiday time. Local members of Campaign for Better Transport have long campaigned for this.
Likewise members have campaigned with others for many years to
– gap up the single track rail line to the South West so that we can enjoy frequent and reliable train services, and
– create a safe crossing point across the A303 for cyclists and walkers.
Founded 50 years ago, Campaign for Better Transport’s vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs and protects the environment. Their campaigns have been effective but the vision for sustainable transport fit for a World Heritage Site needs a following wind. Please join CBT’s mailing list and support them if you can.
Briefing on alternatives to spending £2-£3bn on the wrong road building solution to solve the traffic problem through Stonehenge World Heritage Site.Please share