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From London to Stonehenge: 4 Best Ways to Get There

Written by Bryan Dearsley
Mar 6, 2020

Thanks to its size - you could literally fit it into the United States around 70 times - England is an easy country to tour. And for those planning to spend much of their time in the nation's capital, this is especially good news. England is crisscrossed by an excellent network of roads and rails, most of which either start in London or pass by close enough to make them handy for travelers.

Take Stonehenge as an example. One of England's top places to visit, Stonehenge can easily be reached by car, rail, and bus, or a combination of these transportation methods. And the journey itself can offer many more great sightseeing opportunities, especially if you choose to have a tour company do the driving.

To help you plan your England travel itinerary, we've put together the following list of the best ways to get from London to Stonehenge.

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1. From London to Stonehenge by Tour

Stonehenge

For those wanting to see multiple attractions while in England, an organized day trip from London to Stonehenge via Windsor Castle and including Bath is a great option. After an 8am departure from the Victoria Coach Station in Belgravia, London, you'll be whisked to majestic Windsor Castle, the world's oldest castle still in use by royalty (check whether the flag is flying - if it is, no one's home). There's much to see in Windsor Castle. Rest assured, though, your professional guide will ensure you get to see the best bits in the hour you're there. Highlights include famous St. George's Chapel (where Prince Harry married Meghan Markle) and the State Apartments.

Next stop, Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Here, armed with the provided audio guide headset and interactive map, you'll learn not only how this magnificent 5,000-year-old structure was built, but also its cultural significance over the centuries. A stop at the excellent Stonehenge Visitor Centre is also included (souvenirs!). Then, it's on to your final destination of Bath. This most-romantic of English cities is fun to explore, and you'll be provided with a chance to see top Bath attractions, including a tour of the Roman Baths, plus a drive by the elegant Georgian-era Royal Crescent townhomes.

In addition to audio guides and the services of a professional tour guide, this top-rated tour of Stonehenge from London includes ticket admissions and transportation.

2. From London to Stonehenge by Shuttle Bus

Aerial view of Stonehenge

Here's another option worth considering, and one that hands the responsibility of getting you to your destination to others happy to do it for you, yet allows the freedom to explore at your own pace. From the moment you climb aboard your London to Stonehenge shuttle bus at Victoria Coach Station, you're free to relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel from London through the charming English countryside, with a drop-off point directly at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre.

With 2.5 hours to explore, you'll have plenty of time to truly get to know this amazing landmark. To help, a handy audio-guide is provided, and you can add to the experience by enjoying the many interactive exhibits and artifacts on display at the visitor center. In addition to your transportation, admission is included with the cost of the trip.

3. From London to Stonehenge by Train and Bus

Close up of Stonehenge

While there are no direct trains from London to Stonehenge - it's located in the middle of Salisbury Plain - rail travel is certainly something to consider, especially if you've got time on your hands. The best option is to hop aboard the South Western Railway service to Salisbury at London Waterloo station. Trains depart regularly (there are usually two or three an hour), and the journey takes between 1.5 to 2 hours. The cheapest fares kick in after the morning rush hour, while savings can be enjoyed by travelers with advance purchase of a BritRail Pass.

While a bus from London to Salisbury can be cheaper, it can take longer than the train (up to three hours) and offers fewer departures. Buses leave from London's Victoria Coach Station as early as 6am.

However you get here, once in Salisbury, you'll need to have made plans to either rent a car and drive the 20 minutes to Stonehenge, grab an Uber or taxi, or take a bus (you could even cycle it in around an hour). Fortunately for travelers, a company called Salisbury Red offers a convenient hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus service that connects directly from Salisbury city center to Stonehenge (admission included). An option to stop at the ruins of Old Sarum is available.

4. From London to Stonehenge by Car

Snow at Stonehenge in the winter

While some may enjoy driving from London to Stonehenge, it's important to remember a few key things. First, the Brits do drive on the opposite side of the road to most other countries, something that can be a little disorienting if you aren't used to it. Their cars are also right-hand drive, meaning there's a bit of a learning curve for those traveling from places like the US, Canada, and Europe. Add to this the heavy traffic in London, plus congestion taxes, and you may want to make use of the various options mentioned above.

That said, if you're planning on taking a couple or more days, you can certainly make the most of the opportunity to explore the English countryside. And there are no end of lovely spots to visit along the way, from the beautiful Cotswolds to the charming city of Winchester. (Journey times may be a little shorter if you pick up a car upon arrival at Heathrow Airport.)

For those heading straight to Stonehenge from central London - a distance of around 88 miles - expect the journey to take between 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic. From London, you'll head due west along the usually busy M3, before taking the A303 and eventually the A360 direct to Stonehenge. While parking at Stonehenge is free for those with tickets, it can be busy, especially in peak season.

An alternative that will avoid the usually heavy traffic along the approaching roads to Stonehenge is to park in Salisbury and grab the shuttle bus service mentioned in #3 above. Five park-and-stay options are available, all convenient to the city center and the shuttle bus. An added advantage is that you can also spend time exploring popular Salisbury attractions, including its magnificent cathedral.

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