Swindon travel guide

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You're Going to Love Swindon

With a population of 155,432, Swindon is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

Where to Eat in Swindon

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Old Bank (18 Wood Street) and The Royal Oak Swindon (24 Devizes Road) are great picks.

When to visit Swindon

Swindon in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Swindon in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Swindon


Although Swindon doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Bristol Airport (BRS), which is located 68 km from Swindon. Bristol Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from British Airways, Aer Lingus, Ryanair and other airlines departing from Ireland. The shortest flight to Swindon from Ireland departs from Dublin and takes around 1h 20m.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Swindon, followed by Train. The train journey from Swindon to Bristol takes 1h 14m and costs around €25 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Norwich, expect to pay about €33 for a 1h 49m trip. The train station in Swindon is called Swindon, and is located 0.9 km from the city centre.


Another option to get to Swindon is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 115 km from Swindon. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Easirent, among others, in London.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Swindon, including National Express, FlixBus and Arriva. From Bristol, the bus ride to Swindon takes 217 km and will cost you around €11. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about €6 for a journey of 233 km. The most popular bus station is Swindon Coate Water, located 2.7 km from the city centre of Swindon. Swindon Stratton Cross Roads is also a commonly used station, and is 3.0 km from the city centre.

Airports near Swindon

Airlines serving Swindon

United Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air France
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
Good (1,413 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (278 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (308 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (320 reviews)
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Brussels Airlines
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LATAM Airlines
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Where to stay in Swindon

Average rates range from around €102 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to €155 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Swindon

Most booked hotels in Swindon

Jurys Inn Swindon
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Holiday Inn Express Swindon West, An IHG Hotel
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
Alexandra House
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
Campanile Swindon
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
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Hiring a car in Swindon

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 9% more expensive than at London Heathrow.

Expect to pay €1.88 per litre in Swindon (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between €22.48 and €29.98. Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Swindon, while also 72% cheaper than other types, on average.