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Bath is well connected by rail, making it easy to hop on a train to this unique British city. Most trains to Bath arrive into Bath Spa, the city's primary railway station. It takes just 1h 11m to reach Bath from London, 1h 16m from Exeter and 11m from Bristol.

Dating back to Celtic times, the beautiful city of Bath, in the West Country, has been known for its warm, inviting, mineral-rich spa waters for over 2,000 years. The Romans initially developed the city, building a series of baths around the hot springs. These were created to cure ailments as well as encourage bathing. Elsewhere, Bath's Abbey has exceptional stained glass, and the city's architecture, in particular the Royal Crescent and Circus, is renowned worldwide. The whole city is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Popular train journeys to Bath

Getting to Bath by train is one of the fastest and easiest travel solutions. Frequent train services operated by Great Western Railway, CrossCountry and South Western Railway run between the main UK destinations, including London, Cardiff and Reading, and Bath. Have a look at our table below for more details about the most popular train routes to Bath, or you can search for your station of interest in our Journey Planner at the top of the page.

Route Fastest journey Train operator
London to Bath 1h 14m Great Western Railway, South Western Railway
Cardiff to Bath 1h 04m Great Western Railway
Exeter to Bath 1h 16m Great Western Railway
Leeds to Bath 3h 55m CrossCountry
Oxford to Bath 1h 04m CrossCountry, Great Western Railway
Reading to Bath 55m Great Western Railway
Bristol to Bath 11m Great Western Railway, South Western Railway

 

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Bath

Finding cheap train tickets to Bath is probably easier than you might think. Not only that but there are more ways than one to travel to Bath by train for less and we've highlighted them below. Whether you are getting a train to Bath for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

You can get cheap train tickets to Bath by using a National Railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible Railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on food, somewhere to stay and entertainment during your time in this wonderful ancient city. To see the different types of Railcards, eligibility requirements and to purchase one online, check out our Railcards page.

Book early and pay less by getting an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Bath. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you're off to Bath for a step back in time or to visit friends and family, be on the lookout for “Advance tickets” when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price could go up.

If your travel times aren't set in stone, why not travel during Off-Peak periods, or buy Return train tickets instead of two singles or catch the train in a group of three to nine people and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our train tickets types page and discover other useful ways to get the best value train fares.

Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Look at our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.

 

Visiting Bath

Many visitors come for the spa waters and the thermal Bath Spa in the city's heart is the only place in the UK where one can bathe in naturally warm, mineral rich waters. It has an open-air rooftop pool with stunning views over the city, steam rooms and many spa treatments and packages.

The Roman Baths, constructed around 70 AD, have been preserved to a high standard and are a prime example of the skills of their builders. An audio guide in many languages takes visitors through the fascinating history and steaming spring water fills the huge bathing site daily.

One of the best ways to get a feel for the city is by taking an open-top bus tour. Seeing the architectural gems from the top of the bus adds a different sense of proportion to being at ground level.

Jane Austen was Bath's most famous resident, and the Jane Austen Centre offers a snapshot of all the things that would have inspired her Regency novels – the society, fashion and food.

Museum buffs have 17 museums to choose from, and for those who are fascinated by architecture, Bath Abbey's interior is a magnificent example of Victorian Gothic by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

For more information, you can learn about the best time to visit Bath here.

Bath river

Photo: Brian Heard

 

Frequently asked questions

How can I get cheap train tickets to Bath?

It's easy to grab yourself cheap train tickets to Bath. We’d recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. 

Are trains running to Bath?

Trains run frequently almost every day to Bath, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Bath.

How long does it take to get to Bath by train?

You can view train timetables and travel times to Bath in our Journey Planner. Bath is well connected to major cities around the UK by train, just enter your departure station and travel date into our Journey Planner to see how long it takes.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Bath?

Yes, there are several types of Railcards you can use to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Bath, these include:

  • Two-Together Railcard (Great for couples and friends who always travel together)
  • 16-17 Saver (You can save up to 50% with this one)
  • 16-25 Railcard (Ideal for students)
  • 26-30 Railcard (Also known as the Millennial Railcard)
  • Senior Railcard (For those aged 60 and over)
  • Friends & Family Railcard (Great for families of up to 4 adults with up to 4 kids)
  • Disabled Railcard (If travelling with another adult they can save too)

Having a Railcard means you can use it whenever you want outside of Peak times for a whole year too.

Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in . Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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