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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: Please note: Reservations and tickets requiring reservations are sold at the following times only: Mon - Sat 08:30 - 18:00
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:30 - 21:30
Saturday 05:30 - 21:30
Sunday 06:45 - 21:30
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
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 opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car parking spaces374
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£504.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces444
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Platforms 3 and 4 and at the front of station
Cycle storage notes<p>Please note cycles can be carried on our trains free of charge.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

via lifts to all platforms and facilties, ticket office is also step free

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

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 Filton Abbey WoodGreat Western Railway09:1513On time
to Portsmouth HarbourGreat Western Railway09:2413On time
to Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway09:243On time
to Weston-super-MareGreat Western Railway09:2812On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway09:3015On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from TauntonGreat Western Railway09:183On time
from Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway09:2013On time
from PlymouthCrossCountry09:247On time
from Filton Abbey WoodGreat Western Railway09:2512On time
from WestburyGreat Western Railway09:293On time
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