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:
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)
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 or use the nifty widget below:
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 2018 may have sold out months ago BUT we’ve been sitting on a special little pot of adult tickets, especially for those of you who fancy a challenge; travelling to Shambala by pedal power alone from Bristol or London!
HOW IT WORKS
The first thing to note is; just like how our coach package tickets are only valid for entry if you arrive by coach – these tickets are specifically for cyclists, riding from Bristol or London to Shambala, on our guided cycle ride. If you snap one up, but don’t arrive at the festival this way – the ticket is not valid for entry, so please only book one if you intend to bike there with the Red Fox Cycling Tour.
- Bristol riders leave on Tuesday 21st August, from Bristol Temple Meads train station at 11am.
- London riders leave on Wednesday 22nd August, from Willesden Junction Station at 11am.
Both routes have been tried and tested – they are scenic, safe and frequently off road. Bristol riders have two overnight stops on the way, London riders have one.
Both sets of riders will be accompanied by a support van which will carry everything that you don’t want to!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
- Your Shambala ‘Red Fox Cyclist’ weekend festival ticket is £15 cheaper than a final tier ticket – at £174.00 + booking fee
- This ticket must be bought in conjunction with either a Red Fox Bristol 2 night ride package(£83 basic package) or a Red Fox London 1 night ride package (£59 basic package)
- A return trip home on a Red Fox coach (with your bike delivered back too) is an additional £15
The folks at Red Fox Cycling have handpicked campsites for our riders to lay their weary heads, on route. The cost of your tent pitch is included in your package. You can either bring your own tent along in the support van, put it up and take it down yourself, or for an extra fee, the Red Fox Cycling team can sort you a ‘comfy upgrade’ where they will pre-pitch one of their tents for you with an air-mat and travel pillow – just choose that open when you book your spot on their web page.
The Red Fox team have your breakfast and lunch covered – you’ll either be booked in for pub lunches/meals on the way, or the team will rustle you up some tasty grub from the support van – complete with tables and chairs for an alfresco meal. They’ll also sort out snack breaks along the way. Dinner is up to you, but the Red Fox team have suggestions for local food options close to each campsite.
ARRIVAL ON SITE
Both rides are set to arrive at Shambala on Thursday, early afternoon. You’ll also get a free programme on arrival, a discount on massages for those weary bike muscles, and secure bike storage.
Don’t worry, nobody expects you to cycle back from the festival too! You’ve already proved that you are absolute warriors, so for gods sake put your feet up! If you’ve got pals at the festival with room in their vehicle for your bike, feel free to jump in with them, but Red Fox will also be offering a return journey in a coach, back to Bristol Temple Meads or Willesden Junction station for an additional £15 – your trusty bikes will be transferred back in the support van at the same time.
HOW HARD IS IT?!
If you’ve still got your stabilisers on, this probably ain’t for you – however, it’s hardly the Tour De France, either. The Red Fox team have tried the routes themselves and have deemed them both ‘moderate’. You are looking at covering about 45 miles a day (with snack stops and rest breaks, naturally) so please take this into account when deciding if this is for you – if you’ve never cycled very far before, have a good old think about whether you’d manage – and perhaps do a bit of training.
OI! WHY JUST BRISTOL & LONDON?!
Red Fox is a brand new partner for us, and there’s nothing to say that we won’t open it up to other cities in the future, if the demand is there. Statistically, London and Bristol are the ‘top’ two cities you lot seem to travel from, to Shambala, so it seemed to make sense to launch it there.
CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
The rides cover a fair old distance, so this is adults only really, though an exception could be made if you’d like to bring a particularly cycling-mad teen with you, who has previously covered distances like this happily. Drop us an email on email@example.com if you think your teen fits the bill and you’re keen to get them booked on with you.
HOW TO BOOK
CYCLING TO SHAMBALA INDEPENDENTLY OF THE RED FOX CYCLE TOURS?
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.
ARRIVAL AT SHAMBALA
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.
WHAT TO TAKE
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!
Town Farm Campsite
Shambala cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to bikes.