A pretty and historic town like Stratford-upon-Avon is always best explored on foot. But sometimes the weather simply doesn’t allow it, so we’ve put together a guide to getting around town. Plus, if you’re arriving via Birmingham Airport or by train, there’s some information here that may help you reach your hotel.
If you’re flying into Birmingham Airport and you’re wondering how to transfer to one of our Premier Inn hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon, car is your best option. For starters, on a good day, it’s around a 35-minute drive to either of our hotels. From the airport, you can choose to rent a car from any one of seven international providers that you’ll find in the arrivals lounge, including big names such as Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz. Alternatively, licensed black cabs operate to and from the airport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you’d rather not travel to the airport on the day you fly out, check out our hotels near Birmingham Airport.
While a little over half an hour in a taxi isn’t going to be particularly cheap, we’d still recommend it over public transport options, as they don’t offer a direct route. You would have to catch either a bus or a train into central Birmingham before making your way to Stratford-upon-Avon, which would add at least an hour to your journey.
If you are arriving in town by train, you’ll come into Stratford-upon-Avon Railway Station via a West Midlands train. No need to worry about missing your stop, it’s been the end of the line since 1976. From there, it’s a quick 12-minute walk or three-minute taxi journey to our close Stratford-upon-Avon Waterways hotel. Alternatively, it’s just a 15-minute walk or seven-minute taxi ride to our Stratford-upon-Avon Central hotel.
Any locomotive enthusiasts out there will be interested to know that The Shakespeare Express – England’s fastest regular steam train – also runs between Stratford-upon-Avon Railway Station and Birmingham Snow Hill via the North Warwickshire line, giving some lovely views of the local countryside. You’ve also got the option of enjoying your breakfast, Sunday lunch, high tea or afternoon tea on board the locomotive.
For convenience's sake, you’ll be glad to know that when you want to travel around Stratford, you can do so quickly and easily by booking an Uber. Or a member of staff at your hotel will be happy to book a taxi with one of our recommended local providers or to give you the number to call yourself.
If you’re bringing your bicycle to town, you might be interested in going for a ride on The Stratford Greenway. It’s a five-mile section of the West Midlands Cycling Route, which is part of the National Cycle Network. The route itself follows the course of a disused railway line and travels along the River Avon and through the picturesque Warwickshire countryside.
Whether you're in Stratford-upon-Avon to soak up the culture and history of the town where William Shakespeare was born, or to enjoy the bucolic Warwickshire countryside, one of our Stratford hotels will suit you down to the ground.
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