Warwickshire Travel & Transport

The transport system in the county of Warwickshire offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire and coaches.

Local bus services in Warwickshire provide services to local areas and across the county, with a number of routes covering the county town of Warwick and a number of other towns and villages in the county including Leamington Spa, Rugby, Nuneaton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Polesworth, Kenilworth, Coleshill and Bedworth.

Details of local bus services and timetables can be found at Warwickshire Bus

Trains in Warwickshire serve a number of routes across the county and to other areas. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services. Warwick Station has services to London Marylebone with a journey time of 1 hour 30 minutes. There are local services to Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon and further to Birmingham Snow Hill, Solihull, Banbury, Bicester North and High Wycombe.

Train services are provided by London Midland and Chiltern Railways

Other railway stations in Warwickshire include Cleverdon, Hatton, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick Parkway and Wood End..

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Warwickshire that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars.

Warwickshire is connected to the road network via the M40 and M42. London to Warwick by car via the M40 and A429 is a drive of approx 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic. Other major roads around the county include the A46, A423 and A4177.

Parking in Warwick town centre includes a number of pay and display and pay on exit car parks. Major car parks in and around the town centre include New Street, Castle Street, West Gate, Priory Road and St Nicholas Park. .

There are Park & Ride schemes in operation in Warwickshire at various sites including Coleshill Parkway for rail access to Birmingham and Nuneaton. Stratford (Bishopton) provides access to Stratford-upon-Avon, whilst Warwick Parkway provides rail access to both Birmingham and London. For more information please see: Warwickshire Park & Ride

Drivers should note there may be driving restrictions in and around the city and town centres. It is recommended visitors ensure they fully understand the local parking rules before parking and help avoid unnecessary fines and worry.

Warwickshire is accessible by coach with regular coach services available to Warwickshire from London Victoria coach station; the journey time from London to Warwick is 3 hours depending on the service, time of day & traffic. There are also services from London to Nuneaton, Leamington Spa, Rugby and Stratford-upon-Avon. Coach services are provided by National Express.

Whilst travelling by coach to Warwickshire is usually more time consuming than using rail and road, it is usually more cost effective.

Birmingham Airport is located a 30 minute drive (20 miles) from Warwick via the M42 and M40. The airport has domestic and international flights.

East Midlands Airport is located 50 miles from Warwick with a journey time of 1 hour.

For more information on public transport in Warwickshire including information on public transport and timetables please see: Warwickshire Transport from Warwickshire County Council

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