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Glastonbury Festival Travel

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The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury, has since 2004 been encouraging festival goers to liftshare or use public transport to get to and from the site.



In 2007, the Glastonbury festival launched a combined coach and festival ticket in order to reduce congestion in the region surrounding the festival site. The introduction of this scheme allowed Glastonbury to gain the agreement of Mendip District Council to increase the number of festival goers by 25,000.

In 2008 this scheme has been expanded to include a combined train travel and festival ticket. In both cases festival goers only receive their ticket once on board the train or coach thus ensuring that they travel to the festival by public transport.

Liftsharing to and from Glastonbury has been encouraged by festival organisers since the early 1990's.[1]

The Glastonbury website directs festival goers to two internet based liftsharing services: Liftshare and Freewheelers.


The Glastonbury festival is organised by Michael Eavis.


The combined coach travel and festival ticket was launched in 2007. In 2008 the scheme has been expanded to include 17 locations across the UK and the option to buy a combined train and festival ticket.

The return journey in 2007 was severely disrupted by torrential rain [2] but was also marred by poor organisation and communication and put many people off traveling by coach to the festival in 2008.[3]


The number of public cars on site at Glastonbury has dropped from 60,000 in 2000 to 36,000 in 2007. The link up with the web based lift sharing service Liftshare was instrumental to the latter becoming a commercial service. This was because it provided a viable revenue stream for the service where users use the service for free and the commercial partner pays a subscription to Liftshare.

In 2007 approximately a third of Glastonbury goers traveled to the festival by public transport.[3]

According to the Glastonbury website more than 15,000 car journeys to the Festival are eliminated each year because of people sharing their cars using internet based liftshare services.[1]

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Liftshare Glastonbury Festivals
  2. Glasto travel nightmare BBC News
  3. 3.0 3.1 Glastonbury encourages gig goers to take coach to festival - comments section NME
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