Getting to Henley Regatta and Directions
The roads around Henley are, one way system will be in place to help things along, but expect queues
Henley is a small town, so don’t expect congestion-free roads when thousands of extra vehicles descend each morning of the Henley Royal Regatta. Despite the dynamic one-way system in place, roads are still difficult to get through at times – as with any major event.
Don’t panic, traffic is never truly awful, but do allow a little extra time to get through the queues.
Most Henley Regatta hospitality packages have car parking as part of their offering – usually very close to the Henley enclosure you’ll be at. General Henley Regatta car parks do exist too – but be quick to buy your parking pass, as they get sold out fast. Arrive early, too, to ensure you get a space as close to the entrance as possible.
The Boaters Enclosure at Henley Regatta, for example, has reserved car parking close to the enclosure for all guests. Similar parking is available for most other Henley Regatta enclosures and VIP areas.
Many firms will be offering coach services to Henley Royal Regatta 2019. Coaches to the Regatta are usually comfortable – and mean you don’t have to worry about parking. Coaches are available from most major cities, we particularly like Zeelo’s coaches from London to Henley Regatta. They offer a luxury coach service, with light food available, as well as happy for guests to ‘BYOB’ on their coaches. It’ll cost a little less than the trains, and be more direct.
Taxis to Henley Regatta are a great way to arrive – no problems with parking, and a private mode of transport. From Reading and Maidenhead, they’re surprisingly affordable – a taxi rank cab from Reading to Henley-on-Thames will put you back around £22.
If you use Uber, an UberX from Reading will be around £14-19, and £18-25 from Maidenhead. Please note: this is an estimate of the standard fare, but it will likely increase with demand, so it’s quite possible that it’ll cost more than this.
Henley Regatta trains from London
Getting to Henley-on-Thames from London via train means going via nearby Twyford (and sometimes also Reading), as there are no services which run directly from London to Henley. The services leave from Paddington a few times an hour, and the returns are similarly timed. Each train takes approximately an hour, but some services are a little longer.
As of publication, the last train from Henley to London is just before midnight – but double check on the day as times might vary!
There is also a special Great Western Railway timetable in place between London and Henley-on-Thames for the Henley Regatta, keep an eye out for more trains and quicker journeys.
All trains to Henley go via Twyford – Henley is only accessible from the one line, and it’s at the end of this line. Twyford has good connections to other towns – London, Reading, Abbey Wood, and Maidenhead are all direct links to the station, meaning Henley is only one train change away from these stations. With its good rail links, Henley-on-Thames is reachable from anywhere in the country.
Other Ways to get to Henley-on-Thames
By helicopter transfer
Henley Regatta helicopter transfers are surprisingly common – with many wishing to avoid the chaos of roads and rail and taking to the sky. Not only does this speed up the journey to Henley reach, it also makes the day even more memorable for your guests and clients.
Helicopter transfers to Henley Regatta are proudly on offer from Eventmasters Corporate Hospitality. To discuss options, please call our hospitality team on 020 7989 6500.
Usual River Thames access is restricted during Regatta Week. Lengths of the water are closed to standard traffic, and all boats (including manually propelled craft) are subject to the instruction and guidance of the Henley Stewards and the Environment Agency.
Henley Stewards back up their authority with government-enforced restrictions, so it’s best to not risk skirting the rules!
Mooring is permitted away from the Henley Regatta course, though. If you don’t mind the walk along the river path, and have your own boat, arriving by the water can be delightful and apt for the event.