Shambala Express Coaches:

Return coaches are available from Bristol, Brighton, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield.

All coaches and coach tickets are for departures on the Thursday of the event. All tickets include return travel on the Monday after the show.

Please check all the information below carefully it is your responsibility to comply with terms of Shambala Express travel and be on time for your departures.

REMINDER:  If you have a Shambala Express adult ticket at any tier you must come by coach. Your discounted festival ticket will not be valid for entry if you do not arrive on the coach. No ifs, no buts, no entry. If for any reason you now cannot come on the coach your only choice is to get a refund from The Ticket Sellers as soon as possible (only available in advance of the event subject to T&Cs).

Departure Information

Thursday departures available on 22nd August for all routes.

When you get to your pick-up point

  • Look out for our lovely coach steward (decked out in ‘Shambala’ or ‘Tuned in Travel’ high-vis)
  • Give them your name and show your ticket to get checked in
  • These high-viz legends will sort you into a specific designated coach
  • When it’s your turn you will need to carry your luggage to the coach where the driver and steward will tetris pack them into the hold
  • Once on board you will be given a city specific wristband
  • Please keep your coach wristband on throughout the event. You will need it to be issued your main festival wristband when you get to site, as well as to get on the return coach on the Monday.

Departure times available are as follows (subject to slight change):

Birmingham: Be at the pick-up point for 09:00hrs to board between 09:15 – 10:00hrs.

Brighton: Be at the pick-up point for 08:30hrs to board between 08:45 – 10:15hrs.

Sheffield: Be at the pick-up point for 08:30hrs to board between 08:45 – 10:15hrs.

Manchester: Be at the pick-up point for 08:45hrs to board between 09:00 – 09:30hrs.

Bristol: For early departure, be at the pick-up point for 09:00hrs to board between 09:15 – 10:00hrs. For mid morning departures be there at 11:15hrs for boarding between 11:30 and 12:30hrs. For afternoon departures be at pick-up point for 16:00hrs to board between 16:15 and 16:45hrs. 

London: For early coaches, be at the pick-up point for 07:45hrs to board between 08:00 – 09:00hrs. For mid morning departures be there at 10:00hrs for boarding between 10:15 and 11:15hrs. For afternoon departures be at pick-up point for 17:00hrs to board between 17:15 and 17:45hrs. 

2019 Pick Up Locations

Birmingham: leaving from Heath Mill Lane adjacent to the Custard Factory (Digbeth).

Brighton: leaving from Old Stein, Brighton (opposite Royal Albion Hotel).

Sheffield: leaving from The Howard, Pond Street, Sheffield, S1 2LW

Manchester: leaving from the layby opposite Yates, Chorlton Street, Manchester City Centre M1 3HY

Bristol: leaving from Cannons Way, near Millennium Square, Millennium Car Park.

London: leaving from 115 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 0SR (Near Caffe Nero)

Please pack sensibly luggage restrictions apply. You must be able to carry your luggage (see T&Cs for more info). The coaches have a limited storage space and weight capacity, stewards may require you to leave luggage behind. There are shops and good bars onsite where you can buy all you need.

Arrival to Site

We listened to your feedback last year and have now added a dedicated entry gate just for our coach travellers, which should make things a lot quicker and smoother. Please note there is no re-entry through this gate, so you must be able to carry all your belongings in one go.

Return Information

All return coaches from the Coach Park. This is accessed via Green Gate and will be the same place you disembarked upon arrival.

Please be on time for your departure and ensure you have your coach wristband. It is your responsibility to make the prompt departure times supplied. No alternative travel arrangements, nor refunds, will be available.

Depending on your destination city you must be checked in at the Coach Park on Monday 26th of August between the times listed below. Heads up – there’s not a tonne of leeway, so promptness is key!

Birmingham 12:45 – 13:00hrs

Brighton 11:45 – 12:00hrs

Sheffield 13:15 – 13:45hrs

Manchester 13:15 -13:30hrs

Bristol 10:30 – 11:45hrs

London 08:45 – 10:00hrs


Coach Queries

If you have any queries or questions about your coach journey, please drop an email to

If you have any urgent queries on the travel days, there is a passenger information line available for you which will be open from 6am to 9pm on Thursday 22nd August, and from 8am to 6pm on Monday 26th August. The number is 0161 9055562

Why choose the Shambala Express?

  • IT’S 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.
  • A dedicated fast-track wristbanding and entry coaches only entrance.
  • 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…

Prices range from £20-28 return, but kids (15 and under) are half price. These prices and the discounted tickets are subsidised by the festival car park charges to keep prices affordable. We have also agreed with our ticket agent that no booking fees will be applied to 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.