Best Time to Visit
Alton towers theme park is at its best during Summer season, but it is also packed in winter. So the only thing which should be considered before visiting Alton towers is that how to beat the ques ? The quietest day is considered to be Tuesday, so if you want to beat the ques then you should go on Tuesday. Avoid school days as on these days long ques have been seen because of school trips. weekends are also really busy.
First step is to book tickets for the visit. They have number of ticket types available and prices vary depending on the time and type of ticket you want. Adult ticket for theme park will cost you around £31.50 and the cost of child ticket is around £25.50. If you are planning to visit in groups then tickets will cost you less as compared to single tickets. Tickets are sold in advance so I suggest you to book tickets as early as possible. Tickets for the waterpark are priced differently. You can visit this link to check the latest latest prices and to book online.
Plan your Journey
Alton Tower operates a shuttle bus service from different places including Stoke-on-Trent rail station, Leek bus station, Uttoxeter rail station, Derby Bus Station, and Nottingham Broadmarsh. So, first of all you have to decide which place suits you. Select your desired stop to take the shuttle service. The timings of Shuttle service can be found here:
So you have to keep in mind all the timings before booking your bus tickets from London to one of the places mentioned above. There are some direct bus services from London to Alton Towers.
Travel Directions by bus
National Express provides coach services to most of the places mentioned above, but it also provides a coach service from London Victoria Station to Alton Towers. To check the prices and timings of the service please visit this link:
Megabus is more cheaper option to consider as compared to National Express but mega bus only provides services fro London to Derby and Nottingham, so you have to take the shuttle service from there. Visit mega bus homepage to check the timings and prices.
Travel Directions by Car
If you want to travel by car with your friend or family then the distance from London to Alton towers is approximately 150 miles and it takes about 3 hours through M1 Motorway, take Northbound M1 and at junction 24 take A453 exit to Nottingham, from this point you will be able to see sign posters indicating directions towards Alton Towers. For full navigation maps, please click here .
Some of the instructions for travelling to Alton Towers from London are listed below, that you have to keep in mind if you travel by car:
a) Wear your seat belt, as it is mandatory for your safety.
b) The speed Limit on M1 is variable and maximum it goes to 70 Mph but it is suggested that you travel at 50 Mph on M1.
c) Drive in second line so that you can easily overtake the vehicles.
d) Check if you have enough fuel to cover distance of 150 miles
e) Check your car's MOT and your driving licence.
Travel by Train
If you wish to travel by rail then you can take rail from Euston train station towards Derby, you have to book tickets for Uttoxeter Rail Station. The approximate journey time from London Euston to Uttoxeter is 2 hours. From Uttoxter Rail station you can take shuttle bus service operated by Alton Towers.
To book your tickets from London Euston to Uttoxeter Rail Station please visit the trainline website for Cheap Tickets.
For Shuttle bus service timings please visit this Link.
Before actually leaving for your trip, do not forget to pack some stuff with you such as food and other picnic stuff because apart from a theme park Alton Towers is a great picnic place.