Getting around

Things to do in Swindon | Getting around

Make getting in and out of Swindon easy with our guide covering the nearest airport connections and the lowdown on the town’s train and bus stations.

Airport transfers

Bristol Airport is a major travel hub, handling over eight million passengers each year flying to hundreds of destinations across the world via EasyJet, Ryanair and BMI Regional. Handily, the airport is just over 40 miles away from Swindon and will take around an hour by car.

Going by train will take around one hour and 15 minutes. A change at Bristol is required to get the airport bus connection, with trains running five times an hour at peak times.

Airport transfers

Alternatively, you can catch a National Express Service from Swindon directly to Bristol Airport, but it will take around three hours door to door. If you’d like to make your journey a bit easier, you could always stay at one of our hotels near Bristol Airport.

As you’d expect, from the ninth-busiest UK airport, there are plenty of short- and long-term parking options, as well as dozens of shops and cafés for last-minute essentials.

Public transport

A short walk to the train station, Swindon Bus Station is well positioned at the north end of the town centre and just five minutes from the Brunel Shopping Centre. The station has regular services to Nottingham, Bristol, Birmingham and London, with over 20 direct connections in total.

The main operators from the station are Stagecoach West and Thamesdown Transport. Thanks to its location near the town centre, there are plenty of nearby shops and cafés.


Train stations

To the north of the town centre and just a short walk from the Brunel Shopping Centre and the Bus Station, Swindon Train Station is a main travel hub for the town, with four platforms and regular services to London, Cheltenham and Bristol. There are several coffee shops and general shops in the station, with nearly 600 car parking spaces close by. There are several ATM machines in the building, as well as several ticket machines when the booths are closed.

Swindon Train Station

Swindon Train Station

Looking for a hotel in Swindon?

There are three hotels in Swindon to choose from if you're planning to visit this historic town, which boasts a wide range of shopping opportunities and traditional pubs as well as some stunning stately homes within easy reaching distance.