Windsor Green Line Bus From London
Travel by Bus To Windsor Castle From Central London
|Windsor Green Line Bus|
Although most independent visitors to Windsor from London will take one of the two train lines from London to Windsor, road based bus is an option. The service may be of particular interest to those with a hotel in the Victoria or Kensington High Street area through which the bus passes.
The Green Line Bus starts at London Victoria and makes its way out of London along the M4 motorway passing Heathrow Airport, but not stopping there.
The Green Line Bus terminates well beyond Windsor, most buses out of London will be signed to Bracknell.
You can't miss the Windsor Castle stop though as it stops right outside Windsor Castle.
The Green Line Bus after visiting Windsor continues its journey stopping at the Legoland theme park, just outside Windsor. This is the only direct transport from Central London to Legoland itself.
The terminus at Victoria is at the Green Line Bus Station, not the bus station in front of the railway station for the red London buses. The Green Line Coach Station is 5 minutes walk down Buckingham Palace Road that runs besides Victoria Rail Station.
|Public Transport Central London to Windsor|
The Green Line bus goes from Victoria up to Hyde Park Corner and then through Knightsbridge and Kensington High Street where there are a lot of hotels, joining the motorway at Hammersmith.
For those staying in the Gloucester Road / Earls Court hotel district its a 10 minute walk to Kensington High Street or Olympia to catch the bus.
It should be stated the cheapest fares on the Green Line Bus are broadly in line with an off-peak day return on either of the train lines to Windsor. The Green Line doesn't have a flat fare structure, there are different fares depending on time and day of travel.
|Green Line Bus Stops Through Kensington From Victoria|
The fare structure is unusual and quite complicated. Your fare will depend on when you are traveling, broadly you'll pay more at peak times. However, this works fine for most visitors as they are going out of London when most passengers are coming in.
Coming back into London, the bus uses special bus lanes along the motorway avoiding road congestion delays.
|Windsor by Public Transport From London|
|Transport||Frequency||Journey Time||Stops/ Underground Connections|
|Train from Paddington||15/30 minutes||40 minutes||Change trains at Slough
Ealing Bdy (Central Line)
|Train from Waterloo||30 minutes||55 minutes||Richmond (District Line)
Vauxhall (Victoria Line)
|Green Line Bus from Victoria||60 minutes||65 minutes||Kensington High St (District)
Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly)
|Bus from Heathrow Airport||30-60 minutes||35-45 minutes||Piccadilly
Line Heathrow T5
Heathrow Hotel Hoppa Buses
|Windsor Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus|
Windsor Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus
Windsor and Eton is very walkable and you do not really need a sightseeing bus, but it is a fun way to see what Windsor and Eton has to offer. In fact you can walk across to Eton from Windsor in a fraction of the time a vehicle takes.
What you do get is a good orientation of Windsor and Eton perched high up on the double deck bus. Especially if you are visiting independently and for a day or longer the commentary can set the scene nicely for your stay.
There is a single route with full commentary that covers Windsor and Eton. If you never got off, the tour lasts for around 45 minutes. The tour doesn't visit Runnymede or Legoland.
The tour does a circuit of Home Park, the back garden of Windsor Castle. You can peek over the wall into this private area from the top of the bus, get a feel for Windsor Great Park and some of the Queen's farms. There is a stop at the Queen's Royal Farm Shop which most visitors don't get to see. The second part of the tour passes through Datchet by the River Thames and then performs a circuit of Eton.
Tickets can be purchased from the driver and last for 24 hours.
Frequencies are every 20 minutes in Summer and 30-60 minutes at other times.
The main start and finish is immediately in front of Windsor Castle, by a statue of Queen Victoria - you can't miss it.