How to Get to Windsor from London

Thinking of visiting the enchanting Windsor Palace? In this article I will explain the different ways to do this tour, with its pros and cons.

Nicolas Reffray

Nicolas Reffray

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How to Get to Windsor from London

Windsor Castle | ©Jean-Marc Astesana

The town of Windsor is located just 37 kilometres from London, and is a beautiful destination to get in touch with the history of England. A favourite haunt of the royal family, this Berkshire town has plenty of charm.

As always, the best option is to book a tour, as you can relax and enjoy the tour while the guides take care of everything else. Plus, you'll learn all the details and stories that Windsor has to offer. If, on the other hand, you prefer to go it alone, you can get there by train, car or taxi. Find out about all the options, with their advantages and disadvantages.

Enjoy a trip to Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge

Windsor Palace| ©Gary Todd
Windsor Palace| ©Gary Todd

There are many options for tours to Windsor from London, as it is such a popular destination, but one of the most popular is the Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath tour, as you can not only visit the town and the traditional Windsor Palace, the only currently inhabited oldest castle in the world, but you can also see two of the most charming places in the UK:

  • Bath, where you can marvel at Green Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, one of only five inhabited bridges in the world. You can also visit the Ancient Roman Baths, which are still in use.
  • Stonehenge, where you can discover the deepest traces of the English past, and why not, of the history of mankind, with a stone structure whose construction dates back to no less than 3,100 BC. Definitely two must-see places if you visit the UK.

Plus, thanks to the specialised guide, you'll learn all about the construction and history of the incredible Windsor Palace, as well as its close relationship with the English royal family. You will visit iconic sites such as Saint Mary's Dollhouse and the beautiful Saint George Chapel, which has been used to celebrate the marriages of members of the royal family.

  • Price: from €94
  • Journey time: 12 hours (full day tour)
  • Advantages: You don't have to take care of anything, plus you get to know these three places and their history in detail.
  • Disadvantages: Can be a bit tiring for older people or very young children.

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Choose to visit Windsor on a tour along with Oxford and Stonehenge

Stonehenge| ©Pepe Rodríguez Cordón
Stonehenge| ©Pepe Rodríguez Cordón

Alternatively, book a tour to Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford where you can enjoy a walking tour of the charming and picturesque town of Oxford, one of England's glittering gems. With its honey-coloured buildings, touring the city along with its prestigious university is a unique experience. An excellent option to complement your visit to Windsor.

It also includes a visit and entrance to the incredible Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing megalithic monument, no less than 5,000 years old, which even today still raises questions about the purpose of its construction.

On this tour you will have the chance to see these three sites in detail, without having to worry about transport and other organisational issues. Keep in mind that the bus has all the comforts for you to enjoy the trip 100%. This is one of the best tours to do from London, so don't hesitate.

  • Price: from €94
  • Journeytime: 11 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Advantages: you don't have to worry about anything, plus you'll get to know these three places and their history in detail, thanks to your specialised guide.
  • Disadvantages: The itinerary is closed

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Choose to visit Windsor on a tour with Oxford and Stonehenge

Another popular plan is to book a tour to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle where, together with an expert guide, you will learn all about the history of two of the most important monuments for the English Royal Family.

As always, visiting a place we don't know with a guided tour is the best option, since we can learn much more than going on our own, as well as not having to deal with all the logistics of transport and entrance fees to the various attractions. So, as you can imagine, this option also includes the entrance fees and audio guide.

Get to know both monuments in detail: Buckingham Royal Apartments with their elegant furnishings and St. George's Chapel at Windsor. And to finish the tour, you will pass through Harrod's department store, the largest in Europe.

  • Price: from £149
  • Journeytime: approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Advantages: Includes entrance to both palaces.
  • Disadvantages: There can be up to 50 passengers.

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Travel to Windsor by car, one of the most convenient ways to get there

Streets of Windsor| ©Joao Alves
Streets of Windsor| ©Joao Alves

There are three different ways to visit Windsor from the English capital. In itself there is not much difference in time, although using the A4 and then the M4 may take a few minutes less. Otherwise, you can take the A40 and then the M4.

The drive, at an average speed, is about 40 to 50 minutes, so it's a fairly quick and economical option, as you won't spend more than about €4 or €5 on fuel, if you have your own car. If, on the other hand, you want to rent a car for the day in London, the average price is around €71.

Of course, while you will be able to use the car to visit other nearby areas, you will not have an expert guide to tell you all about the must-see attractions. In addition, you will have to study the routes, as well as spend time buying tickets for Windsor Palace, St George's Chapel, Stonehenge, Oxford, and so on.

  • Price: approximately €5 for fuel or €71 to hire the car for the day.
  • Journey time: Approximately 50 minutes.
  • Advantages: It's one of the cheapest ways to get to Windsor, plus you get the chance to explore nearby areas and be in control of your own time.
  • Disadvantages: You don't have a guide to explain the details of each attraction and you'll have to buy tickets and learn the most convenient routes.

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Get to Windsor by train, the cheapest option

Paddington Station| ©Steven Penton
Paddington Station| ©Steven Penton

If you're looking for a way to visit Windsor on your own from the English capital and you're on a budget, the best option is the train from Paddington Station to Windsor. You'll travel all the way across London to Slough, and from there straight to Windsor. The total journey takes an average of 47 minutes and is a great way to see the suburbs of the capital on the way. The train will drop you off at Eton Central station in Windsor and from there it's only a 5 minute walk.

Travelling by train is definitely the easiest and cheapest way to get to Windsor from London, although of course you'll need to book and pay extra for a guided tour and entrance fees to the various attractions. An ideal option if you already know Windsor and just want to wander around the gardens and inside the palace, or if you're not interested in the history itself and just want to see a different city without going too far from London.

From Eton station in Windsor to the castle you only have to walk about 200 metres, and from the platform you will see the palace walls. After this free visit, you may want to experience one of the 10 best tours and excursions in London, you will see why this is one of the favourite options for those who visit the English capital.

  • Price: approximately €17 (return trip).
  • Journey time: approximately 47 minutes.
  • Advantages: It's the cheapest way to get to Windsor.
  • Disadvantages: You don't have a guide to explain the details of each attraction, you have to buy tickets and you can't visit nearby areas such as Bath or Stonehenge.

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Take a taxi to Windso, one of the quickest ways to get to Windsor

London Taxi| ©Ángel Abril Ruiz
London Taxi| ©Ángel Abril Ruiz

If you prefer to visit the city and Windsor Palace on your own, and are looking for a quick way to get there, a taxi is definitely the best way. This way you can manage the time at your leisure. However, bear in mind that you won't have a specialised guide to guide you. If you choose this option, you will also have to take care of getting the entrance tickets, such as St George's Chapel or St Mary's Dollhouse, among others.

If you want to book your taxi from London to Windsor, you can do it directly online or by phone. There are many companies that operate this route, given the proximity to Windsor and the popularity of the place. Visiting Windsor by taxi is a very good option if you are travelling with children, since you drive and decide your own schedule, and it is one of the fastest ways to get to the place.

You can book your taxi from London to Windsor without hesitation, since most of these companies provide an excellent service, and scams are not at all frequent. Also, by booking the service from the company's website you can have complete peace of mind.

  • Price: from €65 per leg.
  • Journeytime: approximately 50 minutes (just the journey).
  • Advantages: it is one of the fastest ways to get to Windsor from London.
  • Disadvantages: You don't have visits to other places or a guide who can explain the history of the place, nor do you have the entrance tickets sorted out.

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Compare the various options

  • Windsor-Stonehenge-Bath Organised Tour
  • Price: from £76
  • Duration: approx. 11 hours
  • Organised Tour Windsor-Stonehenge-Oxford
  • Price: from £76
  • Duration: 11 hours and 30 minutes approx.
  • Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle
  • Price: from €149
  • Duration: approx. 8 hours and 30 minutes
  • Visiting Windsor by taxi
  • Price: from €65 per leg
  • Duration: approx. 40 minutes
  • Visiting Windsor by car
  • Price: £70 for car hire
  • Duration: approx. 40 minutes
  • Visit Windsor by train
  • Price: £17 (return)
  • Duration: approx. 47 minutes

Tips for getting to Windsor from London

Windsor| ©Gail Frederick
Windsor| ©Gail Frederick

While there is much to see and do in London, it is precisely because of its proximity that a visit to the town and palace of Windsor is a must do from the English capital. So if you're on holiday in London and are planning to visit Windsor, there are a few things to bear in mind.

  • Bring a snack: Whether you are going on an organised tour or visiting the town on your own, you should consider bringing a snack and a drink. These tours don't include lunch, and while there are places and shops to shop afterwards, they tend to be more expensive than in London.
  • Do your research on the places you'll be visiting beforehand: It never hurts to do a bit of research, it will enrich your visit if you don't opt for a guided tour, and it will allow you to enjoy the places you are visiting much more. In Windsor, Bath or Oxford you have a lot to see, as they are places full of history. Not to mention Stonehenge.
  • Choose the best music for your car trip: If you choose to visit Windsor from London by car, you can't miss the chance to choose and put together a playlist according to the English routes, with the best of Brit pop, the Beatles and Oasis. A road trip is always better with good music in the background.
  • Take a coat: Depending on the time of year you visit Windsor, you may need a rain coat or poncho. Keep in mind that England is a country famous for its changeable weather and grey skies, so it wouldn't hurt to bring an umbrella as well. Remember to always check the weather forecast for the day beforehand, so you know what to expect.
  • Spend the night in Windsor or Bath: Spending the night in Windsor or beautiful Bath can be a very interesting experience. If you are visiting on your own, I recommend you consider it. Anything that escapes the classic tourist experience will bring you closer to the rhythm of life of the locals.

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