Planning a day out and want to know more about the journey from London Paddington to Bath by train? Look no further!
The train from London Paddington to Bath usually takes around 1h 30m but can take just 1h 11m on the fastest services, with around 56 trains running on this popular route per day. You won’t need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available.
Great Western Railway is the main operator on this route. Free WiFi is available on most services, as well as hot and cold snacks and drinks on their high-speed services.
To snap up the cheapest fares, book an Off-Peak time – tickets are usually cheaper when you travel Off-Peak compared to taking the train at Peak times. If you want to save even more, get a Railcard – you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.
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The average journey time by train between London Paddington and Bath Spa is 1 hour and 30 minutes, with around 45 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 London Paddington to Bath Spa is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London Paddington to Bath Spa 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London Paddington to Bath Spa without having to change trains. There are 45 direct trains from London Paddington to Bath Spa each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London Paddington to Bath Spa leaves at 04:23. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London Paddington to Bath Spa leaves at 23:33. 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 London Paddington to Bath Spa cover a distance of around 94 miles (152 km) during the journey.
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 London Paddington to Bath Spa is right for you.
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Getting to London Paddington station
Our train to Bath departed from London Paddington station, a central railway terminus and an underground station complex located in the Paddington area of the west end of central London. We took the tube to reach the station – it’s on the Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines, so it’s super easy to get there.
Boarding the train
Using the Trainline app, we already knew which platform our train was leaving from before we even arrived at the station, so we took our time and got there just 10 minutes before departure. We boarded a GWR train – we simply scanned our digital tickets at the ticket gates and headed to our two forward-facing seats we had already reserved online.
It took us about an hour and twenty minutes to get from London Paddington to Bath. We stopped at Reading, Didcot Parkway, Swindon, and Chippenham before getting off at Bath Spa station. We made use of the free WiFi available on board throughout the journey – it was quite good! – and kept our phones charged thanks to the power sockets we had at our seats.
Arriving at Bath Spa station
Make sure you have a window seat, so you can get a nice view over the gleaming waters of the River Avon as the train sweeps past the flowerbeds of Sydney Gardens and glides into the city.
As soon as we got off our train, we couldn’t help but admire the beautiful architecture of Bath Spa station designed by Brunel – its iconic structure is based on a mixture of different styles, from the great viaduct in a castellated Gothic style to the station itself modelled on an Elizabethan country house.
The railway station is only a few minutes away from the city centre and its main attractions, which is perfect for exploring! As we’re always fascinated by architecture, our first stop was Bath Abbey – its interior is a magnificent example of the Victorian Gothic style. I’m also a big Jane Austen fan so I couldn’t go to Bath without stopping at the Jane Austen Centre – I really enjoyed learning all about the things that have inspired her novels.
Paola is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.