Discoverer Ticket

The Cotswolds Discoverer ticket is for use on the bus and train, offering a great way to explore the Cotswolds area even further, connecting Cotswold residents and visitors to the likes of Worcester, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and London.

For a great, hassle-free Cotswold day out, travelling by bus and by train

Why not leave the car at home, jump on the bus and train, forget the hassle of driving and finding a parking space and sit back and enjoy one of the finest landscapes in England: the quintessential Cotswolds region, an Area of Outstanding Beauty, with its picturesque landscapes, rolling hills and attractive towns and villages.

With a one-day ticket offering unlimited* travel, you can visit a wide range of attractions, towns and villages including gardens, historic buildings and picture-postcard villages. As well as enjoying a great day out or short break, you can also save money on your travel costs. Plus, by leaving the car behind you will be lowering your carbon footprint of the area and helping to look after this stunning area. *not valid on rail services before 08.50 Mondays to Fridays

Please note that there is a limited bus timetable service on Sundays and Public Holidays. Services may be reduced or cancelled and timetables are also subject to change at short notice.

Please always check details of times of journeys with individual operators before making your final travel arrangements.

Costs

Discoverer Tickets
Adult 1-day: £10.50
Child 1-day: £5.25

Where to buy the Cotswold Discoverer ticket

  • At any mainline train station throughout the UK. The ticket can be bought up to 3 months in advance of travel. (credit cards accepted)
  • On participating bus services in the Cotswolds:  Johnson’s Excelbus; Pulham’s Coaches, Stagecoach and Swanbrook.
    (Tickets can only be purchased on buses on the day of travel – cash only)

How to use the Cotswolds Discoverer

By rail: the Discoverer provides unlimited travel* with First Great Western between Oxford and Moreton-in-Marsh on the North Cotswold Line, and between Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa and Ashchurch, as well as Gloucester, Cam & Dursley and Yate.  Also valid on rail services operated by Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry Trains Gloucester, between Cheltenham Spa and Ashchurch for Tewkesbury.
*not valid on rail services before 08.50, Mondays to Fridays.
For further details of rail services, visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk

By bus: the Discoverer provides unlimited travel on the following bus services (click on individual service to view timetable)

The Discoverer provides unlimited travel on the following bus services
Johnsons Excelbus
1: Moreton in Marsh – Batsford Arboretum – Bourton on the Hill – Blockley – Broadway –
Chipping Campden – Mickleton – Stratford upon Avon
2: Moreton in Marsh – Batsford Arboretum – Bourton on the Hill – Blockley – Chipping Campden
– Mickleton – Stratford upon Avon
3: Stratford – Ilmington – Shipston on Stour – Lower Brailes

Pulham’s Coaches
801: Cheltenham – Bourton on the Water – Stow on the Wold – Moreton in Marsh Station
882: Gloucester – Cirencester
855: Kemble – Cirencester – Moreton in Marsh
X9: Chipping Norton-Charlbury-Witney

Swanbrook
853: Oxford – Witney – Burford – Northleach – Cheltenham

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
233: Woodstock – Witney – Burford (Weekdays)

Stagecoach West
D/E Hatherley – Cheltenham Spa – Cheltenham – Racecourse – Bishops Cleeve
41 Cheltenham – Tewkesbury – Ashchurch
42 Cheltenham – Tewkesbury – Ashchurch
51 Cheltenham – Cirencester – Swindon
51A Cirencester – Swindon
52 Stroud – Cirencester – Swindon
55 Swindon – Calne – Chippenham
60 Gloucester – Cam & Dursley – Dursley – Wotton-under-Edge – Thornbury
61 Bussage – Stroud – Stonehouse – Cam – Dursley
63 Gloucester – Stroud – Nailsworth
65 Stroud – Uley – Dursley – Cam & Dursley
66/66S Gloucester – Stonehouse – Stroud – Painswick – Cheltenham
69/620 Stroud – Tetbury – Westonbirt – Yate – Bath

Great days out to discover
We’ve put together some suggested itineraries of places to visit using the Discoverer ticket. Click on the items below to find out more. Keep checking this page as we add more great ideas!

Click here to read how one person used the Discoverer ticket to enjoy a great day out in the Cotswolds.

Out and about from Chipping Campden
Out and about from Moreton-in-Marsh
Out and about from Cirencester
Out and about from Stroud

Need more information to help plan your visit?
The following destination websites for the Cotswolds provides great ideas for places to stay, eat and visit, plus details of special offers, events and lots more:

 

The ticket is valid only for travel on journeys with a start point and an end point within the Area
of Validity as listed in the above local bus services.

Please note that there are limited bus services on Sundays and Public Holidays. Services may be reduced or cancelled and timetables are also subject to change at short notice. Please always check details of times of journeys with individual operators before making your final travel arrangements.