On our Cotswolds Day Tours, we spend around 1 hour and 15 minutes in the picturesque Cotswolds market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Lunch is not included on our tours, but since we arrive in Stow around lunchtime, it’s the perfect place to have something to eat at one of Stow’s many dining options!
Stow-on-the-Wold has lots more to offer though, so if you wish to stay longer in Stow-on-the-Wold and join our tour from there, here is everything you should need to know…
On Wednesdays, Thursdays*, Fridays and Saturdays*:
Because of the route our tour takes, we are not able to pick you up from Stow-on-the-Wold. Therefore, we recommend you:
- Take the 801 bus (operated by Pulhams) from the bus stop in Stow-on-the-Wold’s Market Square. This bus leaves Stow-on-the-Wold at 08.45 and arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh rail station at 08.57.
- The tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh rail station by 09.45 at the latest.
Alternatively, you could take a taxi from Stow-on-the-Wold to Moreton-in-Marsh rail station (journey time: approx. 10–15 minutes), where we will pick you up by 09.45 at the latest. We recommend you book a taxi in advance – your hotel or the Visitor Information Centre (located in the library in Stow-on-the-Wold’s Market Square) should be able to help you with this.
- Bus 801 does not operate on Sundays**.
- Therefore, to join our tour you will need to take a taxi to Moreton-in-Marsh station. The journey time is approximately 10–15 minutes.
- On Sundays, the tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh rail station by 10.00am.
Returning to Stow-on-the-Wold
Since we pass by Stow-on-the-Wold at the end of our tour, we may be able to drop you off at your accommodation in Stow-on-the-Wold. Please ask us before making your booking. The drop-off time would be approximately 16.45.
We can also drop you off at one of our other free drop-off points (Moreton-in-Marsh station, 17.00; Stratford-upon-Avon, 17.30; or Leamington Spa – Sundays only, 18.15) if you prefer. It’s no problem if you have luggage – we have a large luggage storage space on our minibus, so you can bring it with you!
These times are usually the latest times we will return to these locations. In case of heavy traffic or other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we can never 100% guarantee to be back on time, but it’s not usually a problem.
Bus times and fares
The timetable for the 801 bus can be downloaded here.
In our experience, bus timetables in our area can be less precise than trains because of traffic, roadworks and other possible delays. Therefore, we recommend you arrive at the departure bus stop well before the scheduled departure time.
Apart from weekly, monthly or annual travel passes, bus tickets cannot be bought in advance – just pay the bus driver using cash. It is usually much cheaper to buy a return ticket (there and back) than two single (one-way) tickets.
Need help joining a tour from a different location?
If you need help joining our tour from a different location, check our other help pages for journeys originating in: London, Oxford, Birmingham, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stratford-upon-Avon, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Coventry, Gloucester, Guildford, Reading, Southampton or Worcester.
If you plan on driving to one of our pick-up locations, please see here for more information: https://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/drivingdirections/.
Please check our FAQs page, but if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, just send us an email and we’ll be pleased to help! You can reach us at email@example.com, or use the contact form here.
The information we have provided here, in good faith, is correct at the time of writing (updated: 16 December 2019). Ultimately, it is your responsibility to reach the pick-up location at the stated time. In the event of delayed or cancelled public transport, we at Go Cotswolds will do our utmost to make sure that you can still join the tour, even if it means you join a little late. However, in line with our terms and conditions (which you must agree to when you book a ticket with us), Go Cotswolds accepts no responsibility, and will provide no refund or compensation for tours missed through no fault of our own, including delayed, cancelled or missed public transport. We recommend that you take out suitable travel insurance to cover you in this eventuality.
*Tours operate on Thursdays and Saturdays between May and September only.
**Between May and September there is a limited ‘Summer Sundays’ 801 bus service, but there are no buses that will get you to Moreton-in-Marsh in time for our tour departure time of 10.00.
Image: © Go Cotswolds’ Tom with Rick Steves in Stow-on-the-Wold