These directions are for cars and minibuses with less than 17 seats. This route is too narrow for coaches – drivers will be sent directions to our dedicated coach park once their application has been approved. I want to bring a coach instead.
Travelling by car
When you drive to Skanda Vale, please remember that you’re travelling through remote countryside. Please respect our neighbours privacy and peace:
- Drive with care along the country lanes.
- Be prepared to reverse to a passing place when you meet an oncoming vehicle.
- Do not use your horn.
- No littering. Please take your rubbish home with you.
- When you leave the ashram, follow the signs for the M4 Motorway.
You can reduce the cost, stress and environmental impact of your journey by car sharing at Liftshare.com – it’s secure and free to use.
Look for car share opportunities at liftshare.com
Travelling via public transport
COACH: There are now two coach companies offering regular transport from London Victoria Coach station to Carmarthen (our nearest big town). Bus fares vary from between £22 and £25 return, and the journey time is approximately 6 hours. You can buy tickets at Omio, Megabus or National Express. These operators also run services from Birmingham, Leicester and other major cities.
TRAIN: Taking the train is more expensive, but there are more services, and the journey time is on average 2 hours shorter. Trains leave from London Paddington and tickets cost around £40. Buy tickets at Omio, or the Trainline.
TAXI: You can get a taxi from Carmarthen train station to Skanda Vale from between £20 and £30. This is the easiest way to complete your journey.
LOCAL BUS: For those on a tight budget, there is a local bus service that runs from Carmarthen to Llanpumsaint, our nearest village. The bus runs 3 times daily and takes approximately 20 minutes. You then have to walk 3 miles from Llanpumsaint to Skanda Vale ashram, along some muddy, hilly lanes. We don’t recommend this option, but if you’re determined then check the local bus times.
More information for pilgrims:
- Make sure you plan your pilgrimage around our temple opening times
- Before you come on pilgrimage, please read the The pilgrims guide
- Book free pilgrims accommodation
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