Windermere Transport & Parking

How to get to Windermere and transport around the Windermere area by car, bus, taxi, bike and boat and park once you’re here.

Getting to Windermere from overseas

There are no passenger flights into anywhere in Cumbria and the Lake District. If visiting from abroad the airport with the easiest connections is Manchester Airport.

Manchester Airport

: 88 miles from  Windermere

By rail: a direct rail connection from a terminal inside Manchester airport to Oxenholme Station just outside Kendal. Change at Oxenholme for the 20 minute rail journey to Windermere Station. Total travelling time from the airport to Windermere Station is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Check times & fares and book tickets here >>
 

By car: car hire is available at Manchester Airport. The journey time is around 1 hour and 25 minutes via the M60, M61 and M6. Hire your car here >>
 
By coach: a direct connection from Manchester Airport to Windermere is available with National Express. Journey time is just over 4 hours. Check times & fares and book tickets here >>
 
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Train from London to Windermere

The fastest train from London to Windermere Station takes around 3 hours and 6 minutes. Most trains involve only one change, at Oxenholme or Preston. Trains leave London Euston station at intervals of one hour or less from around 5.30 am to 7.30 pm. The two later trains, up to the 11.30 pm departure, are far less convenient and the journey can take up to 9 hours and 15 minutes. Check times & fares and book tickets here >>

Coach from London to Windermere

The National Express coach service runs once a day from London Victoria Coach Station to Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere and on to Keswick, Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven.
Journey times varies a little depending on the individual coach journey but are approximately 8 hours 30 minutes to Windermere and 9 hours to Grasmere. Check times & fares and book tickets here >>

Trains & Coach from other parts of the UK

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Travel around Windermere

There are no standard railway connections in the South Lake District after Windermere Station.

Buses around Windermere

505 : Coniston > Hawkshead > Ambleside > Windermere
516 : (Kendal > Ings >) Windermere > Brockhole > Ambleside > Elterwater > Dungeon Ghyll
555 : (Lancaster) > Kendal > Windermere > Bowness > Brockhole > Ambleside > Grasmere > Keswick
599 : Bowness > Windermere > Brockhole > Ambleside > Rydal > Grasmere
6 : Windermere > Bowness > Fell Foot > Newby Bridge

755 : Morecambe > Carnforth > Milnthorpe > Kendal > Ings > Windermere > Bowness
Cross Lakes : Bowness > Ferry > Hill Top > Hawkshead
 
For county wide timetables see here >>

 
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Windermere Car Hire

Co-Wheels Car Club : Pay as you drive electric car hire at Windermere and Oxenholme stations
Compare national car hire

Windermere Taxis

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Windermere area ferries and boat connections

The Windermere Ferry is the only water transport which takes cars. Windermere Lake Cruises, the Coniston Launch and the Steam Yacht Gondola operate lake cruises. You can also jump on and off at different landing stages around the lakes of Windermere and Coniston.

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