There are several ways to arrive in Stow-on-the-Wold, some better suited to the location than others. There is now a great new link between Stow-on-the-Wold, Heathrow and Gatwick airports www.stowshuttle.com for those with no car. This is perfect for those ending their vacation in the Cotswolds and returning to the airport. They will even collect directly from your hotel/cottage. Services run from 5am 'till late.

Most people arrive by car, either one they have rented or their own. If coming from London, arrive via the M40 motorway; the drive takes about 1 ½ hours, though if it’s a busy Friday or Saturday when crowds of people descend on Stow-on-the-Wold, it might take you a bit longer.

Though having a car in Stow-on-the-Wold is ideal, as then you can easily make forays into neighboring villages and towns, you can also arrive via other means, though this is a bit harder. There is no train station in Stow-on-the-Wold, though there are many trains arriving from London at the Cotswolds.

Daily trains from London run every hour, every day of the week. The train can drop you in Bath, Stratford, Gloucester, Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh, as well as other towns in the area, but you can’t take a train directly into Stow-on-the-Wold. If you do decide to take the train from London (trains depart from Paddington Station and directly from Heathrow Airport), be sure to arrange for other transport to Stow-on-the-Wold once you arrive.

For more information on the train schedules and fares, The Train Line and National Rail Co. websites can help. Also for all routes and modes of transport www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk

If you choose to take the bus, there is a stop in Stow-on-the-Wold. Though this option will set you right in the heart of the town, and is a little less expensive than taking the train, it’s also a bit of a longer trip – about 3 to 4 hours.