For those that want to get to their Cotswold destination without having to hire a car then the easy option is to travel by public coach/bus or by train to the locality and then use public bus or taxi to final destination point.
It is perfectly possible to visit the Cotswolds from London just for the day, but we recommend that you plan to stay at least one night in the Cotswolds so you have time to enjoy the area and to saviour the early morning and evening times when you can enjoy glorious sunsets and the early morning magic of the rural charm. In popular villages, you will also avoid the crowds and have more chance to meet local people.
Click on either of these two Journey Planners for getting around the Cotswolds
Please don't fall into the trap of trying to do too much in too shorter time. It is easily possible to spend several weeks exploring the Cotswolds - a visit say to Hidcote Gardens or one of the stately homes such as Blenheim Palace or Sudeley Castle will easily take up a good half-day - include a leisurely lunch and your day is just about gone!
The Cotswolds Discoverer Ticket Pass
The Cotswolds Discoverer pass is the perfect and hassle-free way to travel around and explore some of the most scenic parts of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by public bus and train.
With either a one-day or three-day pass offering unlimited travel, you can visit a wide range of attractions, towns and villages including gardens, historic buildings, picture-postcard villages and have plenty of opportunities to explore one of the finest landscapes in England.
As well as enjoying a great day out or short break, you can also save money on your travel costs.
Please note this ticket pass is not valid on rail services before 08.50, Mondays to Fridays.