Located on the wind-swept Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK; each year more than1.3 million people visit this ancient, mysterious site. However, the site itself is almost 90 miles (144 km) from London, and getting there poses a real challenge to first-time visitors. With so many transport options available, which one is the best for you? Here, we outline the best ways to get to Stonehenge from London.


London to Stonehenge by Train

  • Price: ~£42 (train only, does not include entrance to Stonehenge and extras such as taxis, buses etc)
  • Avg. Journey Time: 1hr 33 mins
  • No. of Trains Per Day: 30
  • Operator: South Western Railway

It’s worth pointing out here that there are no direct trains to Stonehenge from London. If you want to travel to Stonehenge by train you will need to travel from Waterloo Station to Salisbury, a town 9 miles (14 km) away from Stonehenge itself. From there, you will need to either take a taxi or pay for a ticket on the official Stonehenge Tour Bus to the site itself.

Pros:

  • Plenty of trains each day
  • If booked in advance, it is possible to get cheaper tickets

Cons:

  • Trains do not go to Stonehenge; they stop at the nearest train station (Salisbury), 9 miles/14 km away from the stones. From there, you will have to take the Stonehenge Tour Bus to the visitor centre.
  • Trains in the UK notoriously experience frequent delays, especially during busy ‘peak’ hours

How long does it take to travel from London Waterloo to Salisbury by train?

The average journey time 1hr 33 mins. The fastest journey time is 1hr 20 mins. Journey times may be longer on weekends and holidays


What is the distance between London Waterloo and Salisbury?

The distance between London Waterloo and Salisbury is approximately 79 miles (127 km)


What time is the first train from London Waterloo to Salisbury?

The first train from London Waterloo to Salisbury leaves at 07:10 am.

What time is the last train from Salisbury to London Waterloo

The last train from Salisbury to Waterloo leaves at approximately 22:26 pm


London to Stonehenge by Car

  • Avg. Journey Time: 1hr 33 mins
  • No. of Trains Per Day: 30

Driving is not only one of the fastest but also more direct routes from London to Stonehenge. However, driving in and around London can be a daunting (and expensive) experience. Car hire in London isn’t cheap, and, depending on where you travel through the city, you can expect to pay a daily congestion charge of £11.50. The roads in the capital are notoriously congested during rush hour, so allow plenty of time for traffic if you’re travelling at busy times.

Pros

  • No need to worry about missing your train or bus departure
  • It is often more convenient to hire a car, especially if you have a lot of luggage

Cons

  • Car rental in London isn’t cheap. Add on the host of extras (insurance, GPS, refuelling, etc), and it quickly begins to add up.
  • In the UK, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road and drivers sit on the right-hand side. For drivers who aren’t used to this, it can be a jarring experience that takes some getting used to.
  • Nearly all cars in the UK are manual transmission. Whilst automatics do exist, expect to pay considerably more for your rental.
  • Be wary of extra charges whilst driving in and around London, including the congestion charge (£11.50 per day)

London to Stonehenge by Coach

  • Price: ~£8/10 Adult (does not include entrance to Stonehenge or travel from Salisbury to the Stonehenge)
  • Avg. Journey Time: ~3 hrs

Unless you’re using a specialist tour operator, coaches do not travel directly to Stonehenge via London. National Express, a popular budget coach operator in the UK, runs coaches three times a day from Victoria Coach Station (11:30, 14:30, 19:30) to Salisbury. Considering the Journey takes ~3 hours and Stonehenge closes at 19:00 pm, it would seem sensible to take the earlier option if choosing to travel via coach.

Pros

  • Cheap tickets for as little as £8
  • Comfortable coaches

Cons

  • Longer journey times (up to 3 hours)
  • Infrequent travel times: only 3 coaches a day at intervals that are possibly too far apart
  • Like other methods, doesn’t include entrance to Stonehenge and travel to the site from Salisbury

Top Pick: Guided Tour of Stonehenge from London

  • Price: £49 child, £54 adult (includes travel and entrance to Stonehenge)
  • Avg. Journey Time: 1hr 33 mins

If you’re visiting the UK for the first time and don’t want to have to deal with the stress of planning your journey to Stonehenge, a guided coach tour is a great option. Not only do you not have to worry about buying separate tickets for transport and entrance to Stonehenge itself, but you will also save yourself a great deal of hassle trying to navigate the UK’s national transport system.

With a guided coach tour to Stonehenge, your travel to (and from) Stonehenge and entrance to the site itself is all included in one neat, single price. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also benefit from the services of an expert tour guide who will provide you with some fascinating commentary and insight into Stonehenge along the way.

Kick back and relax aboard a luxury coach that includes free Wi-Fi and USB charging onboard. What more could you ask for?

Pros

  • Avoid the stress of planning your journey and buying tickets
  • Quick, stress-free and convenient
  • All-inclusive pricing
  • Includes free Wi-Fi and USB charging onboard
  • Services of an expert tour guide
  • Plenty of onboard storage for your luggage and essential items

Cons

  • We really can’t think of any!

Price comparison

FeaturesGuided TourTrainCarCoach
Average
journey time
~1.5 hrs~1.5 hrs~1.5 hrs~3 hrs
Price£49 (Child)
£54 (Adult)
£42Varies£8-10
Entrance to
Stonehenge?
Included£11.40 (Child)
£19.40 (Adult)
£11.40 (Child)
£19.40 (Adult)
£11.40 (Child)
£19.40 (Adult)
Travel to
Stonehenge?
Included£10 (Child)
£16 (Adult)
£10 (Child)
£16 (Adult)
£10 (Child)
£16 (Adult)
Professional
tour guide?
IncludedNoNoNo

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