There are loads of ways you can arrive to the gates of Shambala, all with their own benefits and enjoyment! Consider taking the train with the biofuel shuttle bus link, or the Shambala Express coach, or even cycling – we’ve made it easy and cheap.

Shambala Express Coaches – By Train – Car Sharing – Cycling

Shambala Express Coaches:

2018: All coaches and coach tickets are for departures on the Thursday of the event. Morning (AM) departures are available from all cities listed on the ticket page. Thursday early evening departures (PM) are available from Bristol & London only. All tickets include return travel on the Monday after the show.


Why choose the Shambala Express?

  • ITS A BARGAIN! We subsidise all coach tickets as part of our green travel plan and there are no booking fees on coach tickets.
  • Get £15 off your adult festival tickets if you buy a Shambala Express package – adult ticket and coach ticket bought together. That equates to free coach travel from Birmingham or Sheffield, or £15 towards your coach travel from our other departure points.
  • Fast-track wristbanding and entry.
  • Be the first onsite and choose the best camping spots! (only for the morning departures)
  • Coming by coach is the greenest way to travel to the festival.
  • Start the festival when you step on board, with the famous Shambala quiz (amazing onsite prizes), festival soundtrack, and freebies!
  • Don’t drive back all hazy on Monday – relax and watch the scenery go by…

Return coaches are available from Bristol, Brighton, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield. Start your festival as soon as you board with on-board entertainment including Shambala movies and big prize bingo! Prices range from £15-26 return. These prices are subsidised by the festival car park charges, to keep prices affordable and encourage as many as possible to come on the coach as part of our green travel commitment.

You can add coach tickets to your e-ticket order at any point (subject to availability), but the earlier the better. When boarding the coach you simply need your coach e-ticket and to know your name and booking info. This is only for use at the end of your magical mystery journey, on site at the entry gate.

Departure information:

Thursday morning departures available on 23rd August for all routes listed.

All coaches pick up at 9.00am for a 10.00am departure (Be sharp! If you miss the coach we can’t refund you).

  • Bristol: Leaving from outside the back of @Bristol (Anchor Rd, Harbourside)
  • London:  departure point TBC
  • Sheffield: Leaving from Pond Street (the road between the bus station and the back of Ponds Forge).
  • Birmingham: Leaving from Heath Mill Lane adjacent to the Custard Factory (Digbeth).
  • Brighton: Leaving from Old Stein, Brighton (opposite Royal Albion Hotel).
  • Manchester: Leaving from the corner of Chester Street (off Oxford St) and Lower Ormond Street.

Thursday early evening departures available on 23rd August.

  • Bristol: Departing 4.30 pm sharp – Leaving from outside the back of @Bristol (Anchor Rd, Harbourside)
  • London: Departing 5.30 pm sharp departure point TBC

Please pack sensibly. The coaches have a limited storage space and weight capacity. There are shops and bars onsite where you can buy all you need.

Return Information:

All return coaches leave the site on Monday 27th of August between 10 am and 1pm. Timetable to be confirmed.

It is your responsibility to make the prompt departure times listed. No alternative travel arrangements, nor refunds, will be available.


By Train

We provide  bio-fuelled London Routemaster shuttle buses from and to the local train station (Market Harborough) on a hourly basis – charges apply.

From Market Harborough train station to festival site:

Thursday 23rd: Midday – 9pm
Friday 24th: 11am – 9pm
Saturday 25th: 2pm – 5pm

From festival site to train station:

Sunday 25th: 2pm – 5pm
Monday 26th: 8am – 1pm (Site closes Monday midday)

Be aware that if you miss the last bus, we cannot offer alternative arrangements. Please take an early shuttle bus to make sure you get your connection, as at busy times you may not get on the first one available.

Car Sharing

Please consider car sharing to Shambala this year.

With the average 100 mile car journey leading to over 20 kg of CO2 being produced, sharing has the potential to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint considerably. 63% of Shambala’s carbon footprint comes from audience travel, so we can have a real impact if we reduce the amount of car journeys.

Finally, there is a slick and easy-to-use car sharing site – goCarShare, who this year are linking up 1000s of passengers with car drivers meaning everyone can get where they need to go, sharing time, cost, sandwiches, music and of course saving CO2.

It’s a great way to save money if you are driving and, as it is built around Facebook, you can see if your friends are going, find like-minded people to travel with and check people out before agreeing to share.

So if you’re driving, or need a lift, click HERE and share the journey!

Please make sure you have the correct Vehicle Pass and please make a carbon donation when buying tickets if you are able (see below).

Distances for guidance:

  • From Birmingham it is only 45 miles and takes a ridiculous 47 minutes.
  • From Bristol it is 120 miles and takes a very manageable 2 hours.
  • From London it is 80 miles and takes a very do-able 2 hours.
  • From Sheffield it is 95 miles and takes a measly 1 and half hours.
  • From Penzance it is a long way but it’s well worth it!

Account for Your Travel Carbon with the Energy Revolution!

Shambala has co-founded an unprecedented festival industry initiative, which aims to account for audience travel. 63% of our festivals carbon footprint is audience travel. You can make a donation ashen you buy your tickets, 100% of which will be invested in renewable energy. Watch the video below or find out more HERE

To play our part, the festival has accounted for 100% of the carbon emitted from the festival itself and crew travel by investing in projects which quantifiably avoid or reduce carbon. We know how much to account for by measuring our impacts robustly and in detail. We have recently invested in a wind turbine in India, which displaces significantly more than the festival is responsible for (everything but audience travel – that’s your thang), and will continue to do so annually for the lifetime of the turbine – up to 25 years.


Shambala will always salute those who have ridden to the festival on a bike with a secure bike park (inside the event this year for peace of mind), a free programme on entry and discount on massages on Thursday and Friday (£33 for one hour and £17 for 30 minutes)- just show you cycle gear on your person!

Please ensure you have adequate water, snacks and places to stay on the way.

Maps are downloadable here for: Birmingham (45 miles – 1 day), Sheffield (115 miles – 3 days), London (122 miles – 2 days), Manchester (124 miles – 3 days), and Bristol (142 miles – 3 days).

When you arrive, you can use our free secure bike park to store your bike over the event. It will be open to receive all the riders, and on Monday from 8am for collections. The park will be a secure area with 24-hour security, however please lock your bike up and don’t leave anything such as lights on your bike.

Packed lunch and water
Cycling kit (including spare inner tube, working bike and waterproof coat and trousers!)
Cycling helmet (keep safe!)
Tent and sleeping bag
Locks and lights
Outrageous fancy dress for Saturday night Carnival & revelry!

The return journey is your responsibility. You can book your bicycle on the train (you must do this in advance) or arrange a lift back with a friend. We offer free shuttle buses to the station (Market Harborough). You can also of course cycle back too!

From Sheffield
Night One: Smeaton’s Lakes Campsite
Night Two: Eye Kettleby Lakes Campsite

From London
Town Farm Campsite

From Bristol
Night One: Bridge House
Night Two: Burgess Farm

Shambala cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to bikes.