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Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington by train

It takes an average of 1h 45m to travel from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington by train, over a distance of around 104 miles (167 km). There are normally 36 trains per day travelling from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington and tickets for this journey start from £18 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 28m
PriceFrom £18
Distance104 miles (167 km)
Frequency36 trains per day
First train03:53
Last train22:25
Departure stationBristol Temple Meads
Arrival stationLondon Paddington
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Western Railway

Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington for Wednesday 25th May 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
04:53 bristol temple meads06:26 london paddingtonPlat. 10 estimatedgreat western railway Peak1h 33m, direct
05:10 bristol temple meads07:36 london paddingtonPlat. 12 estimatedgreat western railway Peak2h 26m, direct
05:25 bristol temple meads06:59 london paddingtonPlat. 15 estimatedgreat western railway Peak1h 34m, direct
05:47 bristol temple meads07:29 london paddingtonPlat. 13 estimatedgreat western railway Peak1h 42m, direct
06:10 On timebristol temple meads07:44 london paddingtonPlat. 7 estimatedgreat western railway Peak1h 34m, 1 change

Travelling by train from Bristol to London Paddington in 1h 20m

Want to travel from Bristol to London by train? We’ve got you covered!

It usually takes around 1h 45m to get from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington by train. However, you can get there in just 1h 28m on the fastest services. Around 36 services operated by Great Western Railway run on this popular route, and most of them are direct, so you won’t need make any changes along the way.

Just sit back, relax and enjoy the amenities offered on board, including WiFi and drinks and snacks on most services. Fancy travelling in style? Upgrade to GWR First Class and you’ll enjoy complimentary food and drinks, more legroom, reclining extra-wide seats, enhanced WiFi and USB power sockets.

Once you’ve arrived in London, there’s no shortage of places to visit, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London. If you’re interested in history, head to one of London’s fascinating museums, such as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum or the British Museum.

Bristol to London Paddington train tickets

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Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington? 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 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington take?

The average journey time by train between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington is 1 hour and 45 minutes, with around 36 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 Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington is 1 hour and 28 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington can start from as little as £18 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

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

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington without having to change trains. There are 36 direct trains from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington leaves at 03:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington leaves at 22:25. 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 Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington by train?

Trains travelling from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington cover a distance of around 104 miles (167 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington.

Cheap train tickets from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington

Train tickets from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington start at £18 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

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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 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington is right for you.

Use your Railcard

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A fast and comfortable journey to London

Review by Freddie Larkins

Bristol Temple Meads train station is located just outside the city centre, around 15 minutes on foot. I arrived at the station about 10 minutes before my train was due to depart, ensuring I could double-check which platform it was leaving from. Incidentally, Bristol Temple Meads was designed by the same architect who designed London Paddington: Isambard Kingdom Brunel. His influence is felt along the entirety of the Great Western Main Line.

Boarding the train

I travelled on GWR’s Intercity Express Train (IET), one of the newer trains in their fleet. You’ll find these trains (Class 800/802) in different guises along the British rail network, namely as Hull Trains’ Paragon and TransPennine Express’ Nova trains. I’d specified my seating preferences on Trainline and upon boarding, made my way to my reserved window seat.

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 ample luggage storage space above the seats and extra space at the end of the carriages for large items. I made use of the free onboard WiFi throughout my journey.

Arrival at London Paddington

I arrived a few minutes later than my scheduled arrival time. Paddington is connected to the TfL network via the underground station of the same name (Bakerloo, District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) and the nearby Lancaster Gate (Central Line). It was a sunny day, so I opted to continue my journey home on a Santander Cycle – sticking firmly to central London’s dedicated cycle lanes!

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