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London to Bristol Temple Meads by train

It takes an average of 1h 42m to travel from London to Bristol Temple Meads by train, over a distance of around 106 miles (170 km). There are normally 55 trains per day traveling from London to Bristol Temple Meads and tickets for this journey start from $31.42 when you book in advance.

First train

04:23

Last train

23:45

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Bristol Temple Meads

Journey time

From 1h 27m

Distance

106 miles (170 km)

Frequency

55 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $31.42

Train operators

Great Western Railway

Traveling from London to Bristol by train

Hoping to travel to the Southwest and need more information on how to take the train from London to Bristol Temple Meads? Look no further! 

Usually, the train from London to Bristol takes around 1 hour and 43 minutes, although the quickest services take just 1 hour and 28 minutes. On this route, there are around 60 direct trains running each day, so you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way.  

If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board a Great Western Railway (GWR) train at London Paddington station. Once you’ve found your seat, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the onboard amenities including family-sized tables, power sockets and generous luggage allowances. Fancy treating yourself? Upgrade to GWR First Class and you’ll take advantage of more legroom, reclining seats and complimentary food and drink. In less than an hour and a half, you’ll arrive at Bristol Temple Meads station.  

Once you’ve arrived, you’re just a short walk from Bristol City Centre. Here, you’ll find the city’s most popular landmarks. Unsure where to start? Check out our guide to the perfect weekend in Bristol, including a trip to Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Castle.  

Looking to save money on your train tickets? Travel at Off-Peak times, as tickets are usually cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. To save even more, book an Advance ticket, as they are normally released 12 weeks prior to the day of travel and tend to be cheaper than buying tickets on the departure date.  

Want to book? There’s no need to wait, start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Bristol Temple Meads in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to find out more about the journey, keep reading for train timetables, FAQs and tips on booking cheap train tickets.  

FAQs for London to Bristol Temple Meads

Want to know more about your journey from London to Bristol Temple Meads? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Bristol Temple Meads take?

The average journey time by train between London and Bristol Temple Meads is 1 hour and 42 minutes, with around 55 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Bristol Temple Meads by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Bristol Temple Meads is 1 hour and 27 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Bristol Temple Meads cost?

Train tickets from London to Bristol Temple Meads can start from as little as $31.42 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from London to Bristol Temple Meads?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Bristol Temple Meads without having to change trains. There are 55 direct trains from London to Bristol Temple Meads each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Bristol Temple Meads leave?

The first train from London to Bristol Temple Meads leaves at 04:23. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Bristol Temple Meads leave?

The last train from London to Bristol Temple Meads leaves at 23:45. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Bristol Temple Meads by train?

Trains travelling from London to Bristol Temple Meads cover a distance of around 106 miles (170 km) during the journey.

Cheap train tickets from London to Bristol Temple Meads

Train tickets from London to Bristol Temple Meads start at $31.42 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Bristol Temple Meads is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

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For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

A comfortable journey to Bristol Temple Meads

My train to Bristol departed from London Paddington, the London terminus serving destinations in the west and south-west. I travelled to the station on the Tube, opting to walk from Lancaster Gate as I was travelling on the Central Line.

Paddington’s nondescript entrance just off Praed Street belies its magnificent wrought-iron train shed, designed in the mid-19th century by the famous architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Indeed, you’ll find Brunel’s influence all over West London, notably Brunel University in Uxbridge.

Boarding the train

I boarded my train a few minutes before it was due to depart. Having entered my seating preferences on Trainline, I managed to reserve a seat next to the window. I was travelling in Standard Class on a GWR Intercity Express Train (IET), which is the branded name for Class 800/802 rolling stock. Certainly a journey for the train nerd!

What’s on board?

Standard Class carriages on IET trains are perfectly comfortable, with seats arranged in a 2+2 formation. Plug sockets were located under each seat, with overhead luggage storage running lengthways down the carriage and further storage space at the end of the carriage for bigger items. The train was a direct service, calling at Reading, Chippenham and Bath Spa on the way to Bristol.

Arrival at Bristol Temple Meads

I grabbed a bite to eat in the station before jumping on the number 8 bus to meet a friend at the university. There are plenty of taxis outside the station entrance and bus stops with connections into the city. The city centre is just over half a mile on foot.

Freddie, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between London and Bristol Temple Meads.


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