There are several ways to get from Salisbury to Stonehenge. It is now advisable to pre-book your tickets for Stonehenge. English Heritage says that they ‘have a limited availability of walk-up tickets for sale on the day. These can be purchased at the Stonehenge admissions tills only‘ – but it would be shame to get there and find there are no walk-up tickets left!
You should be able to get tickets from 365Tickets by clicking on this link:
Stonehenge is about 10 miles north of Salisbury.
The Stonehenge Tour Bus
The bus picks people up from both Salisbury railway station, and from a bus stop in the ‘New Canal’ in the centre of Salisbury. Somewhat confusingly ‘the New Canal’ is a road – there is no canal there. The bus stop is close to Marks and Spencers.
At the time of writing, the bus costs £26.00 for adults (as of May 2014), including admission to Stonehenge, and Old Sarum. There are discounts for students and children.
If you’re traveling from Salisbury to Stonehenge as part of a small group, it can work out cheaper to get a taxi. Pat Shelley of Salisbury Guided Tours says:
If there are 4 or more people travelling together it is cheaper to get a taxi from the station than the bus. Always agree the price and time they are staying there. If there are only 3 people then the taxi is marginally more expensive, but they can leave luggage in the taxi while they walk around Stonehenge.
….but you need to pre-book your tickets for Stonehenge to be sure of admission when you get there.
The frequency of the bus to Stonehenge varies with the seasons. It runs every 30 minutes in summer and every 60 minutes in winter. Check the bus company’s website for a timetable.
You can also get a joint rail and bus ticket – ask at the railway station when you buy your ticket.
Bus from Salisbury to Amesbury, then walk to Stonehenge
A great way to get to Stonehenge from Salisbury, if you have the right weather, and the legs for it, is to get a local bus from Salisbury to Amesbury and then walk from there.
However, I don’t currently know how you get admission to the Henge when you come from Amesbury. You may have to walk all the way over to the Visitor Centre
A return bus ticket from Salisbury to Amesbury costs about £6.50 at the time of writing (January 2012)
You could walk along the A303, but it’s both horrible and dangerous – I would strongly advise against it.
The route to take is to cross the A303 through the Countess Roundabout subway, then go across country. There are a couple of walking guides on line:
- Historic Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire | Travel | The Guardian
- Visit Wiltshire walk instructions (includes very good OS map)
The map below might give you a rough idea of the walking route, but the OS version on the Visit Wiltshire link is better once you get there.
Buses from Salisbury to Amesbury
Buses in Wiltshire are safe and relatively pleasant.
There are a number of buses throughout the day.
At the time of writing it costs £6.50 return.
The buses which go from Salisbury to Amesbury are:
- Route 1 – goes through the Avon valley, but there are only one or two a day and you can’t catch it both ways.
- Route 4 – only one a day. The Activ8 is better.
- Route 5/6 – every 30 minutes.
- Route Activ8 – every 30 minutes.
The timings above are approximate and subject to change, PLEASE check with the bus company.
Walk from Salisbury to Stonehenge
I have walked from Salisbury to Stonehenge
twice three times and it’s by far my favourite way to get to Stonehenge.
If you walk to Stonehenge you will have to cross the A303. This can be both difficult and dangerous. Please take care in doing so
Salisbury to the Stones is about 10 miles, and it’s fairly flat. The best routes would be through the Avon Valley. There’s a fairly quiet country lane, with a couple of nice pubs en route.
I’ve typically ended up walking alongside the A303, for half a mile or so.
Update:The cycle shop Hayballs in Winchester Street, near the Market Square now does cycle hire. Again the route I would recommend is to go up through the Avon Valley, but you still have to cross the A303, unless you double-back to Amesbury, cross under the subway then go off-road
The taxi fare would be about £20 to £30 each way. You might be able to negotiate for a taxi driver to wait while you look around Stonehenge, but you perhaps wouldn’t get much change from £100.
If getting a taxi, it would be worth pre-booking your admission to Stonehenge as there are only a limited number of ‘walk-up’ tickets available.
You should be able to pre-book your tickets for the Henge through this link:
Coach tour from London
One way of visiting Salisbury and Stonehenge is part of a coach trip from London
I live in Salisbury, so this isn’t something I’ve done, but I did really enjoy a coach tour by a sister company of . I get some commission if you book a trip to Salisbury and Stonehenge (and Bath) through them.
Drive from Salisbury to Stonehenge
If you’re using a Sat-Nav, the postcode for Stonehenge is SP4 7DE. It’s on the A303.
If you go through the Avon valley, I would recommend the cafe at Heale House if you fancy a cup of tea and a cake.
Hints and tips
A couple of miscellaneous points:
- The Stonehenge site is very exposed to the weather!
- The Stonehenge section of Salisbury Museum is very good – best to go after you’ve been to the Henge itself