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Bristol Temple Meads, with its French Gothic style fort-like entrance, is a marvel to behold and - not surprisingly - one of the UK's most recognisable stations. It's also one of the largest, dealing with over 6 million passengers each and every year. The modern-day building sits at the head of a charming stone forecourt, flanked by the original 1841 station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which now functions as an exhibition centre known as Brunel's Old Station.

Today, Temple Meads is a South West transport mecca with trains running directly to most parts of the UK, including Wales and Scotland. Bristol itself is equally as fascinating, with a burgeoning food and art scene found throughout its many districts - from the classy cafe culture of Clifton to the modern eateries and museums of Harbourside, and the action-packed pubs and independent shops of Park Street, there's something for everyone. It's also incredibly idyllic, boasting European Green Capital status. The city centre is a fifteen-minute walk away but buses and taxis operate from the station forecourt.

Bristol Temple Meads is one of the busiest stations in the South West, serving as the main interchange point for passengers travelling to Devon and Cornwall, into Wales or into London. Great Western Railway operates the station and provides routes to and from London Paddington, Cardiff, Plymouth and Taunton. CrossCountry routes travel as far north as Aberdeen via Birmingham New Street and up to Manchester Piccadilly

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:30:00 until 21:30:00
  • Saturday open from 05:30:00 until 21:30:00
  • Sunday open from 06:45:00 until 21:30:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Websitehttps://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
Lifts to all platforms and facilities. Ticket office is also step free.
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Free Wi-fi powered by The_Cloud
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Staff Assistance is available; please request Assistance from any member of staff if you have not booked Assistance in advance.
Customer Service notes
Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car parking spaces374
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces450
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
The main storage location for bikes is at The Friary at Temple Quay, just to the right of the ramped exit from the long stay car park. A limited bike storage location can be found on Station Approach by Queen Anne's Gate. There is no longer any bike storage inside the station.
Cycle storage notesThere are stands available.
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Bristol Temple Meads station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

There is no First Class lounge at this station.

The station only has eight tracks but fifteen platforms, as they often handle two trains at once. Many of the platforms are, thus, numbered differently at either end, with odd numbers at the east end. A step-free subway links the platforms. The ticket office and ticket machines are found directly ahead of the main entrance and a bookshop is on the right adjoining the platform entrance. There is no platform 14.


Frequently asked questions

Is Bristol Temple Meads station open?

Bristol Temple Meads station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Bristol Temple Meads station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Bristol Temple Meads station almost every day, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Bristol Temple Meads station.

Are there toilets in Bristol Temple Meads station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Bristol Temple Meads station.

Are dogs allowed in Bristol Temple Meads station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Bristol Temple Meads station but should be kept on a lead or comfortable in a pet carrier at all times.

Departures and arrivals from Bristol Temple Meads

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Bristol Temple Meads station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Severn BeachGreat Western Railway04:5310On time
to Severn BeachGreat Western Railway05:0013On time
to Severn BeachGreat Western Railway05:008On time
to Severn BeachGreat Western Railway05:1012On time
to Severn BeachGreat Western Railway05:105On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Weston-super-MareGreat Western Railway06:186On time
from Weston-super-MareGreat Western Railway06:2911On time
from Weston-super-MareGreat Western Railway06:3813On time
from Weston-super-MareGreat Western Railway06:4713On time
from Weston-super-MareGreat Western Railway06:527On time
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