Bath is an elegant little town that offers a rich history, big city convenience, and West Country hospitality all at once. It’s conveniently close to the much bigger city of Bristol, with plenty of trains connecting the two. As a popular tourist destination, Bath also has plenty of train connections to London and other major cities like Cardiff and Portsmouth. All trains to Bath pass through Bath Spa railway station.
The main train station in Bath is Bath Spa, a large but compact station in the center of town, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The station is within walking distance of the famous Roman Baths. Bath Spa is where most regional and all long-distance trains will depart from. Many local bus lines conveniently pass by the railway station. Oldfield Park is another, smaller train station in southern Bath, which is mostly used for travel into Bristol.
Most of the trains coming in and out of Bath Spa are operated by Great Western Railway. Great Western offers direct trains to London Paddington every 30 minutes. These trains stop by Bristol and Reading along the way. Cross Country also offers a long-distance service to Glasgow from Bath, departing in the mornings from Monday to Friday. This service calls at Birmingham, Leeds, and Newcastle among others.
Bath is no more than a 20-minute train ride from Bristol, which is one of the biggest cities in England. It makes perfect sense to plan a train trip to Bristol from anywhere in the UK, catch a quick connecting train into Bath and take in two destinations at once. Trains from London usually take less than one hour 30 minutes to reach Bath. Bath Spa railway station is perfectly located to reach all the city's must-visit attractions on foot, including a variety of hotels at every price point.
The Roman Baths might be the big draw, but there’s so much more to Bath that’s worth exploring. The shopping alone makes this town worth a visit. Bath is home to a wide array of retail outlets, from major British brands to quirky independent boutiques, all housed in stunning Georgian-era buildings. Downtown Bath is easily walkable while surrounding towns and villages are easily reached by local train or bus.