Driving from London to Stratford-upon-Avon takes at least two hours, often a little more depending on the traffic, time of day, and time of year. Stratford is a very popular destination so it can get congested in the summer and at weekends. It is roughly 100 miles north-west of London, with most of the journey on the M40 motorway.
For most drivers the easiest way will be to head west out of London on the A40, which takes you right to the start of the M40 at the junction where the A40, M40 and M25 all meet.
You stay on the M40 for almost 80 miles, exiting at Junction 15 following signs for Stratford. Head for the town centre where there are several large car parks, or you can follow the signs for Park and Ride.
If you want to keep costs down you can use the Park and Ride scheme. Parking here is free, and you only pay a small amount to take one of the regular buses into the town centre. If you wish to park in the centre follow the signs for the Long-Stay Car Parks, and expect to pay about £10 for up to 12 hours, and double that if you stay longer than 12 hours. There is more information about car parking in Stratford on the parking page of the Visit Stratford-upon-Avon website.
There are few destinations where it’s worth renting a car to drive to from London, but Stratford-upon-Avon is worth considering. The bus and train services aren’t very convenient, and if you can get a good deal on car hire then you may want to extend your London day trip to a few days, overnight in Stratford, and also visit other nearby attractions like Warwick Castle.
It is also easy to combine a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon with visits to Oxford and the Cotswolds, which are located between London and Stratford.
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