Getting to Glastonbury GWR Advance Purchase Tickets now on sale for Glastonbury 2017

Thursday 06th April 2017

Music fans can save over 60% by booking early

Getting to Glastonbury: Discounted tickets are now available to buy for customers travelling to this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Great Western Railway, who run trains across the South West, will operate an additional 17 trains providing over 9,000 extra seats to take customers to the festival.

The world-famous Glastonbury Festival runs for four consecutive days in mid-June. Arrival dates between Wednesday 21 June and Friday 23 June are expected to see more than 12,000 extra customers travelling with GWR to Castle Cary station in Somerset.

The additional customers mean Castle Cary goes from being one of the quietest to one of the busiest stations overnight.

Castle Cary station manager, James Wilcox explains:

“Glastonbury Festival is one of the busiest events on the GWR network. We want to get everyone there in a timely, safe and affordable manner.

“To offer the very best journey experience for our passengers, we provide them with the information that they need to help take advantage of quieter trains and cheaper tickets.

“Many people turn up on the day, wishing to travel on the busiest services – but they could have saved some money, and enjoyed a more pleasurable journey by booking in advance and travelling on an earlier train.”

Advance Purchase tickets are now available at, allowing travellers to see specifically which trains they can book a seat on, and at the cheapest cost.

Some of the advance fares available include:

-       London Paddington to Castle Cary – from £16.50*
-       Reading / Oxford to Castle Cary – from £11.50*
-       Penzance to Castle Cary – from £16*
-       Plymouth to Castle Cary – from £11*
-       Southampton / Portsmouth to Castle Cary – from £8*

Cheaper fares are limited in number, and sell out quickly, so customers are advised to check now if they want to save money.

In the run up to the start of the festival, 130 trains will stop at Castle Cary with 17 additional services running. Staff will be on hand to assist customers travelling to the festival across the GWR network.

Festival goers should only bring what they can carry (and will fit on a bus), charge their phone if using electronic ticketing, and to bring any railcards with them.

Notes to editors

Great Western Railway (GWR) provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services. We help over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year - across South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

We’re currently seeing the biggest investment in the network since Brunel so we can offer more trains, more seats, and shorter, more frequent journeys and continue the network’s heritage of helping connect more businesses to new and prosperous markets. Through a series of initiatives we aim to be a good neighbour to the communities we serve and are committed to making a positive social impact in those regions. Learn how we're Building a Greater West at GWR is a FirstGroup company.

130 trains are timetabled to stop at Castle Cary station on Wednesday to Friday.

*Available fare prices correct at time of going to press. Prices are cheapest advance single without railcard discount.