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Independent travel to Stonehenge 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, then Salisbury with the nearest railway station to Stonehenge acts as your gateway.

Salisbury is 9 miles from Stonehenge. There are no public scheduled buses but a Stonehenge tour bus run on a hop-on, hop-off principle shuttles between Salisbury train station and Stonehenge and also visits local places of interest, Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral.

There are frequent trains from London's Waterloo station, normally two trains an hour to Salisbury. Scheduled travel time is about 80-90 minutes.

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Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral

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.

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The Stonehenge tour bus - from Salisbury rail or bus stations

Stonehenge from Salisbury
Stonehenge - easy to get to from Salisbury
Old Sarum
Old Sarum with Stonehenge

The Stonehenge tour bus - from Salisbury rail or bus stations

The Stonehenge tour bus pictured above is the only regular shared 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 Salisbury Bus Station.

Hop-on, hop-off

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.

Check opening times

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.

Priority access at Stonehenge for bus ticket holders

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.

Purchase tickets on-line or on the day

You can purchase tickets both on-line in advance or from the bus itself on the day. There are three ticket options.

1.Tour bus straight to Stonehenge

2. Tour bus with admission to Stonehenge and Old Sarum

3. Stonehenge, Old Sarum and donation for Salisbury Cathedral.

Visit 3 attractions

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 from Salisbury

Hop-on hop-off Stonehenge bus from Salisbury

• Pick up from Salisbury city centre • Go past Old Sarum • On board audio guides in 10 languages

Private Stonehenge tours from Salisbury visiting Woodhenge, Durrington Walls and much more

Stonehenge guide
Stonehenge guide

A typical visit to Stonehenge is 90-120 minutes restricted to viewing the monument and visitor centre.

To set your experience in context and get a more informed insight into Stonehenge then you should also see other features of the Stonehenge landscape to enhance your understanding. Especially Durrington Walls/Woodhenge where the most recent archaeological discoveries were made.

With your own local guide from Salisbury you follow in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors with a fully guided walk across the Stonehenge landscapes. By the time you reach Stonehenge you will have a thorough insight in the activities of the Neolithic people who built Stonehenge and be able to make an informed visit to Stonehenge itself.

Your tour stops off at Woodhenge and Durrington Walls where the builders of Stonehenge are believed to have lived, plus visits the ancient burial mounds around Stonehenge.

You'll see the impressive Cursus and take a walk along the Avenue the same approach to enter Stonehenge that the Neolithic people used all those years ago.

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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.

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