Stonehenge independently using the Stonehenge Tour Bus

Independent day trips to Stonehenge from London using Salisbury as your gateway

The Stonehenge Tour Bus From Salisbury

Stonehenge Tour Bus: from Salisbury

To make an independent trip to Stonehenge from London using public transport, Salisbury, the nearest railway station to Stonehenge, acts as your gateway with Stonehenge shuttle buses operating directly from Salisbury train station.


There are frequent trains from London's Waterloo station, normally two trains an hour to Salisbury. Scheduled travel time is about 90 minutes.

From the rail station, the Stonehenge Tour Bus will transport you on the thirty minute trip from Salisbury to Stonehenge. There are no public transport alternatives to Stonehenge.



Salisbury itself is also well worth a visit in its own right.

The city of Salisbury is an old medieval market town. You can still see many of the medieval wooden fronted buildings in the centre and the market still operates twice a week.

The big attraction at Salisbury is Salisbury Cathedral within which is an original of the Magna Carta.

London - Salisbury public transport - full details


The Stonehenge Tour Bus

The Stonehenge Tour Bus pictured above is the only regular public transport to Stonehenge itself. It normally runs at least hourly and more frequently in the summer months. The Stonehenge Tour Bus also allows you to stop over at Old Sarum, which is worthwhile, as well as an option to visit Salisbury Cathedral.

The journey itself is quite scenic. The Stonehenge Tour Bus starts from Salisbury Rail Station and also picks up at the Bus Station. There is no left luggage facility at the train station but the Cat Tavern, a pub about 100 yards down the approach road of the rail station acts as the left luggage service for Salisbury - though its not advertised on the outside of the premises.

The bus works on a hop on, hop off principle. You can spend as long as you like at Stonehenge or Old Sarum, you do not have to ride on a particular schedule.

Buses depart Salisbury Station hourly from 10am daily stopping broadly in-line with the closing time of Stonehenge. You could not use this service for Special Access visits outside normal opening hours of Stonehenge.


It is worth checking the opening times of the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and Old Sarum before travelling. Opening times for Old Sarum are seasonal and there are occasional events at Stonehenge which result in variations to opening times.


Your ticket gives you priority access at Stonehenge, meaning you do not have to worry about booking a particular time slot as you would do normally.

The buses are double deck buses, so you get a great view of the countryside too. You also get a very informative commentary as you go along about Stonehenge, Salisbury and much else besides.

You can purchase tickets both on-line in advance or from the bus itself on the day. There are three ticket options. You can opt to pay just for the tour bus or a ticket that combines the tour bus with admission to Stonehenge and Old Sarum, or thirdly, Stonehenge, Old Sarum and donation for Salisbury Cathedral.


Visiting all three attractions is very much a rewarding full day out. If doing all three attractions in one day, the suggested amount of time to allow is a minimum of five hours. At the end of the day do explore the centre of town and ideally find a pub or restaurant to relax before a late train out.

Stonehenge Tour Bus


Salisbury by train

It is quite an attractive proposition to take a three or four day tour of the main English attractions. There are frequent trains connecting Salisbury, Bath and Oxford.


Salisbury is a good base for visiting Stonehenge as well as being an worthwhile town to visit in its own right. North of Salisbury are the Cotswolds, and just a bit further north still is Stratford Upon Avon. Oxford is 70 miles from Salisbury to the north east; Bath is 40 miles to the north west.

Frequent trains run from London's Waterloo station taking approximately 90 minutes to do the journey to Salisbury.

There are normally two trains an hour operating up until very late evening.

London - Salisbury train times & fares

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Map Of Tour Options From London

Visiting Stonehenge and/or Bath and/or Windsor

Stonehenge Morning Or Afternoon Half Day Tour- £46

Stonehenge & London Day Tour (Apr-Oct only) - £55

Windsor Castle Windsor Morning & Afternoon Tours - from £51

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (inc Lunch, no adm Roman Baths) - £109

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (no Lunch, inc adm Roman Baths) - £89

Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £93

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (Small Group - Max 16 people) - £145

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £64

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Baths adm) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £75

Stonehenge & Windsor - £84

Stonehenge & Avebury - £74

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £99

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £105

Visiting Cotswolds and/or Oxford and/or Stratford and/or Warwick

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £99

Stratford & Cotswolds (inc Anne Hathaway’s) - £84

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £92

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Small Group) - £145

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & Cotswolds Tour - £85

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £105

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £99

Oxford & Cambridge Tour (May-Sep only) - £99

Downton Abbey & Blenheim Palace (Small Group) - £145

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury with river cruise - £99

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Small Group Apr - Oct) - £145

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury - £87

Special Theme Tours

Stonehenge Special Access (Walk Among Stones) Tours

Downton Abbey + Highclere Castle Tours

Harry Potter Tours

Small Group Tours (Maximum 16 people)

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath - £145

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - £145

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge - £145

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Apr to Oct) - £145

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford -£145

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Apr to Oct) - £145

1, 2 & 3 Day Breaks to Paris, Scotland & Amsterdam

Day Trip to Paris - from £165

3 Day Paris - from £269

Day Trip to Edinburgh - from £184

2 Day Edinburgh - from £275

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekend - from £289

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland Weekday - from £479

3 Day Amsterdam - from £249

Special Offer Day Tours From London