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There are 5 ways to get from Taunton to Shaftesbury by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3h 33m

  1. Take the train from Taunton to Exeter St Davids
  2. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Gillingham (Dorset)

$39 - $83

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Bus  •  3h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Taunton, Bus Station to Yeovil, Bus Station 54

$8 - $13

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Bus, train  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Taunton, Bus Station to Axminster, Rail Station 30
  2. Take the train from Axminster to Gillingham (Dorset)

$14 - $23

Line 29 bus, bus  •  4h 41m

  1. Take the line 29 bus from Taunton, Bus Station to Street, Glaston Road 29
  2. Take the bus from Street, Strode College to Gillingham Station 647

Drive  •  1h 2m

  1. Drive from Taunton to Shaftesbury 50 miles

$10 - $16

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The cheapest way to get from Taunton to Shaftesbury is to bus which costs £6 - £10 and takes 3h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Taunton to Shaftesbury is to drive which costs £8 - £12 and takes 1h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Taunton station to Shaftesbury. However, there are services departing from Taunton, Bus Station and arriving at Shaftesbury, The Town Hall via Street, Strode College and Gillingham Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 41m.

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The distance between Taunton and Shaftesbury is 40 miles. The road distance is 50 miles.

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The best way to get from Taunton to Shaftesbury without a car is to train which takes 3h 33m and costs £29 - £65.

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It takes approximately 3h 33m to get from Taunton to Shaftesbury, including transfers.

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Taunton to Shaftesbury bus services, operated by Buses of Somerset, arrive at Taunton, Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Taunton to Shaftesbury is to train which takes 3h 33m and costs £29 - £65. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £6 - £10 and takes 3h 57m.

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Taunton to Shaftesbury bus services, operated by South West Coaches, arrive at Gillingham Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Taunton to Shaftesbury is 50 miles. It takes approximately 1h 2m to drive from Taunton to Shaftesbury.

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  • Distance: 39.7 miles
  • Duration: 3h 33m

What companies run services between Taunton, England and Shaftesbury, Dorset, England?

You can take a train from Taunton to Shaftesbury via Exeter St Davids, Gillingham (Dorset), and Gillingham Station in around 3h 33m. Alternatively, Buses of Somerset operates a bus from Taunton to Shaftesbury hourly, and the journey takes 1h 23m.

Train operators
CrossCountry
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Taunton to Exeter St Davids
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $30
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$11 - $18
Advanced Single
$12 - $18
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $30
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to Gillingham (Dorset)
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Axminster to Gillingham (Dorset)
Ave. Duration
43m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $23
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
Buses of Somerset
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Taunton, Bus Station to Axminster, Rail Station
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
firstgroup.com
Bus from Taunton, Bus Station to Yeovil, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
firstgroup.com
Bus from Taunton, Bus Station to Street, Glaston Road
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
firstgroup.com
South West Coaches
Phone
01935 475 872
Email
info@southwestcoaches.co.uk
Website
southwestcoaches.co.uk
Bus from Street, Strode College to Gillingham Station
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
southwestcoaches.co.uk

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