Public transport through the Cotswolds is fairly limited, with bus services running to and from major hubs only, and train services just skimming the northern and southern borders. However, with a little careful planning and patience you can see all the highlights of the area. Tourist offices stock several useful Explore the Cotswolds brochures with bus and rail summaries for the area.
For the most flexibility and the option of getting off the beaten track, having your own car is unbeatable. Car hire can be arranged in most major centres.