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Introducing Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway trains carries passengers from London to across the south west of England to stations in Bristol, Swindon and Bath. GWR train services also include high-speed journeys to Cardiff and Swansea, creating links between the two capital cities, as well as the fastest train into London for Bristol customers.

Great Western ticket prices, timetables and advance booking information for cheap train tickets can be found in our journey planner. Find out more on all Great Western routes and destinations, plus more on what to do when you get there.

Why not plan ahead by checking out our Great Western Railway train times page.

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Peak Hour

Peak Hours

Trains leaving London Paddington before 08:10 am and 16:40 pm to 18:31 pm.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Customer relations: 0345 7000 125

Twitter Customer Help: @GWRHelp

Cycle Policy

Cycle Policy

Bicycles must be reserved when travelling on high-speed services. Non-folding bikes are not allowed on services into Paddington during peak hours.



Complimentary WiFi is available for all passengers on most GWR services.

First Class

First Class

First Class is available on all high-speed services.

Lost Property

Lost Property

GWR are partnered with MissingX to help recover lost property. Visit their website and complete their lost property form for help finding your missing items.

Bristol to London

One of the most popular routes for Great Western is the Bristol to London train service, leaving Bristol Temple Meads and arriving in Paddington in under two hours. GWR run twice hourly services for this route, calling at Reading, Cheltenham Spa and Swindon along the way, making it a key high-speed commuter route for the west travelling in and out of the capital. Trains to London from Bristol have become a popular route, with house prices more affordable, customers are buying season tickets and travelling GWR into the city, giving them a train ticket discount for their daily commute.

After catching your train to London from Bristol, Swindon or Cheltenham, there are plenty of things to do, whatever your visit may be for. Take the family on a sightseeing tour of the city, with great views of Buckingham Palace, Harrods and the London Eye. It really is a great way to move around the city, and getting to see all the famous landmarks. For work, trains arriving into Paddington gives you great links with the rest of the city through the Underground, with Bakerloo and Circle lines serving the station.


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Great Western Train Routes

Trains to London may be a key journey for the network, there are however plenty of other trips you can make using GWR. Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway is also used by First Great Western as a way of lining the different train journeys together, allowing people to connect to Cardiff, Swansea, Plymouth and Bath. GWR run at least twice hourly services to all their destinations out of Paddington, giving passengers flexibility on their travel time. All GWR trains have first-class availability and free WiFi for all passengers on all Great Western trains. GWR also boast a fine dining carriage on certain journeys, called Pullman Dining. Customers can experience fantastic meals and a unique travel experience, making it something that all GWR customers must try at least once.

GWR also offer passengers travelling to Cornwall a spot on the sleeper train ‘Night Riviera’ service. Leaving Paddington and arriving in Penzance the following morning, customers can trundle down to the south coast, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast upon arrival, making it another unique train ride experience.

About First Great Western

Great Western Railway, owned by First Group, have operated on the Greater Western Main Line since 1996, and have provided customers with a number of regional and long-distance routes using their high-speed services. GWR have pledged to introduce a service from Paddington to Birmingham New Street along with increasing the frequency of trains between Bristol and London. GWR have also announced that their future fleet will include the modern Class 800 and 802 high-speed trains, providing more comfort and space for all customers.


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