Great Western Railway operates services between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington Station. Direct trains leave on the hour and every 30 minutes past – although departures can be less regular in the evenings – taking around 1h 45m to reach London or 1h 36m on the fastest services. You can also travel via indirect routes, which typically include a change at Bristol Parkway station with minimal waiting times between trains.
Great Western Railway offers food and drink options on their high-speed services, including breakfast and an all-day menu. Free WiFi is also available on most of their services, and if you’d like to take a bicycle on board, you’re advised to reserve a bike space before you board.
*Information correct at time of writing (September 2020). May be subject to change.
The average journey time by train between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington is 1 hour and 42 minutes, with around 82 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington is 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington can start from as little as £12 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington without having to change trains. There are 82 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.
The first train from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington leaves at 03:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington leaves at 22:40. 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.
Trains travelling from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington cover a distance of around 104 miles (167 km) during the journey.
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Bristol Temple Meads 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!