A guide to using Stratford_Upon-Avon station

Stratford-upon-Avon (Stratford-upon-Avon)

The key things which are useful to know about taking a train to and from Stratford-upon-Avon railway station


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The railway station in Stratford-upon-Avon retains the charm of its Edwardian expansion, but it has been enhanced in recent years to meet the needs of modern day travellers.
That Edwardian expansion was necessary when the Great Western Railway decided to create its own mainline route through Stratford-upon-Avon, which could at the time be used between its express trains between Bristol and Birmingham.
The station still has the character of a through station, as some trains use the island platforms 2 and 3, which are linked to the main station buildings on platform 1, by two footbridges (pictured below) - the more modern of which is accessed by lifts (elevators).
The station buildings on platform 1 house the majority of the station facilities including the toilets, ticket office and food/drink facilities .

However, all passenger trains now terminate in Stratford-upon-Avon and they typically operate hourly on three routes:

  • to Leamington Spa (connect for London Marylebone); 1 x train per hour operated by Chiltern Railway
  • to Solihull - Birmingham Moor Street - Birmingham Snow Hill - Smethwick Galton Bridge (connect for Liverpool, Shrewsbury, Stafford and Wolverhampton - Stourbridge Junction - Kidderminster - Worcester; 1 x train per hour on Monday to Saturday operated by West Midlands Trains
  • to Henley-in-Arden - Birmingham Moor Street - Birmingham Snow Hill - Smethwick Galton Bridge (connect for Liverpool, Shrewsbury, Stafford and Wolverhampton - Stourbridge Junction - Kidderminster - (Worcester on Sundays only); 1 x train per hour operated by West Midlands Trains
    The trains via Solihull are faster to Birmingham in a journey time of around 48 mins.

(99.99% of the images used on ShowMeTheJourney were captured during our travels, but we have yet to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, hence the image at the top of the page was taken by Toonling and downloaded from Wikimedia)

A guide to using Stratford-upon-Avon station A guide to using Stratford-upon-Avon station

To and from the town centre

Stratford-upon-Avon railway station is located around a 10 min walk from the town centre, but the theatre and riverside are on the opposite side of town in a pedestrianised area, so they are a 15 - 20 min walk from the station.

There is a small bus interchange immediately beside the station and all buses from it go to a stop on Bridge Street, which is a 5 min flat walk to the RSC theatres.

Though the bus services aren't particularly frequent; route / line 5 has the most regular service and is hourly for much of the day.
Other buses on routes 2A, 75A and 229 have less regular timetables.

The Parkway station

All trains also call at Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway station which is to the north of the town centre.
It offers step-free access to Park + Ride buses, which connect it up to 4 x times per hour to multiple bus stops in the town centre, including the stop on Bridge Street.


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