Plan your Visit

Planning your travel to Shaftesbury, Dorset, can be an exciting part of your journey. If you’re traveling from London, there are several options available. The most recommended option is to take a train from London Waterloo to Gillingham (Dorset), which takes approximately 3 hours and 13 minutes. The cost of the train ticket ranges from £50 – £111.

Alternatively, you can take a combination of train and bus from London Waterloo to Salisbury, then take a bus from Salisbury, Blue Boar Row to Shaftesbury, The Town Hall1. This journey takes around 3 hours and 57 minutes.

If you prefer to drive, the journey from London Paddington to Shaftesbury takes approximately 1 hour and 58 minutes. The cost of fuel for this journey ranges from £29 – £45.

For those traveling locally within Dorset, there are direct routes available. For instance, if you’re traveling from DT11 8, there are two routes available via car. The first route is via the Shaftesbury Road, A350 which takes approximately 18 minutes. The second route is via B3091 which takes approximately 23 minutes.
Remember to check the traffic conditions and plan your journey accordingly to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to Shaftesbury.

Travel by Train

Tisbury station in the south of Wiltshire is 13 miles west of Salisbury on the West of England Main Line from London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids. The usual service is one train per hour in either direction and average journey times are about 1 hour 50 minutes to London and 1 hour 35 minutes to Exeter.

Travel by Bus

Bus travel around north Dorset is quite restricted but with perseverance you can get anywhere. There are services between Shaftesbury, Yeovil, Gillingham (Train Station), Salisbury and Poole. You can also connect via trains to Tisbury station.
Poole to Shaftesbury
Gillingham to Shaftesbury
Salisbury to Shaftesbury

Travel by Car

Driving to Shaftesbury from Child Okeford is a journey that takes you through the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. As you navigate the winding country roads, you’ll be treated to stunning views of rolling hills and lush green fields. The drive is a peaceful one, with quaint villages dotted along the route, each with their own unique charm. Upon reaching Shaftesbury, you’ll be greeted by its historic charm, with its cobbled streets and iconic Gold Hill, offering breathtaking views over the Blackmore Vale. Whether you’re visiting for the day or planning a longer stay, driving to Shaftesbury is a journey as enjoyable as the destination itself.

Travel by Taxi

There are lots of taxi companies serving the local area, but due to its rural setting it can be an expensive proposition. Here are some taxi numbers to help you on your way.
Hilltop Airport Cars 01747 855555
Station Airport Taxi 01747 826668
Gillingham & Mere Cars 01747 850835
Shaftesbury & Gillingham Taxis 01747 822215
Taxi Lady 07990 788882
Hansom Cab Co 01747 852020
Joe’s Black Cab 01747 859175

National Express

Starting out from Shaftesbury you can reach over one thousand destinations in the UK. National Express coaches have a number of ways to save £££s on your coach trip.

Electric charge points near shaftesbury

Electric Vehicle Travel to Shaftesbury

Read our full guide on how to get to Shaftesbury by Electric vehicle and where to charge when you get to Shaftesbury.

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