How to get to Glastonbury amid train strikes as festival hits travel chaos

Rail strikes in June will cause misery and disruption for hundreds of thousands traveling to Glastonbury after the RMT union called what it says is the biggest rail strike since 1989

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Fireworks illuminate the Pyramid Stage as Stormzy performs on day three of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28, 2019 in Glastonbury, England
The RMT strike could upset plans for people trying to get to Glastonbury

Glastonbury festival goers may be affected by rail strikes called by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union.

Scheduled for June 21, 23 and 25, the strikes will see union members at Network Rail and 13 train operators pull out in protest over wage and pension disputes.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in the negotiations, the rail industry, with government support, has not taken their concerns seriously.”

This year’s Glastonbury Festival starts on 22nd June and those wishing to attend may find it difficult to get there if talks between RMT and Network Rail fall through.

So what’s the best way to get to Glastonbury?

How do I get to Glastonbury?

Glastonbury could be hit by rail strikes this year

When there are strikes over the weekend of Glastonbury there are a number of ways people can get to the festival including bus, car and even air.

South Western Railway expects fewer trains than normal will run and the company’s chief executive, Claire Mann, told the Somerset County Gazette people should “change their travel date or make alternative arrangements” if they can.

She said: “I understand that the announcement of imminent labor disputes will worry many of our customers, particularly given the significant pressure on the cost of living.

“We are carefully working through contingency plans, but I fear this measure will mean that many customers will no longer be able to travel by train.”


Bristol International Airport has flights to a number of locations and getting to Glastonbury can be done by air.

Airborne music seekers can land at the airport and take the Bristol International Flyer service to the city’s train station to catch a train from there. Use a taxi or meet a friend with a car. Shuttle buses also run from the station from Wednesday to Monday.

You may want to team up for a taxi as the 25-mile journey from Bristol can take up to an hour.

However, this option is probably not the best for the environment.


Buses run direct from Heathrow Airport to the festival itself and Glastonbury has its own bus station.

Many of the buses from London are sold out, but there are still tickets available at inconvenient times. Arrivals from other parts of the country are still available and National Express Prices should cost you at least £56 but can go as high as £95.90.


Teaming up with friends will bring fuel costs down to an all-time high (and could be even higher by the festival).

This option will need to be decided quickly as £50 parking tickets are only available online until 15 June.

You can find the passes by clicking on them here.


Glastonbury is sure to be a sweaty and muddy weekend for most, so why not get a little gross beforehand?

Cycling to the event is sponsored by Bike to Glasto to reduce CO2 emissions.

They said: “You can simply cycle to the festival for free, or for a small fee we can arrange to collect your luggage, transport it to the festival site and then deliver it back to you.

“There is also a private campsite for cyclists only, with wood-fired showers available in the mornings from Wednesday to Sunday.”

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