Trains to Bristol Temple Meads depart from London Paddington four times an hour on weekdays and less frequently at weekends. Direct journeys leave on the hour and every 30 minutes past, taking around 1h 38m. There’s also an indirect service that departs every 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour, taking around 1h 50m with a change at Bristol Parkway.
Great Western Railway is the main operator of trains from London to Bristol. Free WiFi is available on most services, as well as hot and cold snacks and drinks on their high-speed services.
*Information correct at time of writing (August 2019). May be subject to change.
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The average journey time by train between London and Bristol Temple Meads is 2 hours and 22 minutes, with around 90 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 to Bristol Temple Meads is 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Bristol Temple Meads can start from as little as £10 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 to Bristol Temple Meads without having to change trains. There are 90 direct trains from London to Bristol Temple Meads each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Bristol Temple Meads leaves at 04:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Bristol Temple Meads 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 to Bristol Temple Meads cover a distance of around 106 miles (170 km) during the journey.
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My train to Bristol departed from London Paddington, the London terminus serving destinations in the west and south-west. I travelled to the station on the Tube, opting to walk from Lancaster Gate as I was travelling on the Central Line.
Paddington’s nondescript entrance just off Praed Street belies its magnificent wrought-iron train shed, designed in the mid-19th century by the famous architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Indeed, you’ll find Brunel’s influence all over West London, notably Brunel University in Uxbridge.
Boarding the train
I boarded my train a few minutes before it was due to depart. Having entered my seating preferences on Trainline, I managed to reserve a seat next to the window. I was travelling in Standard Class on a GWR Intercity Express Train (IET), which is the branded name for Class 800/802 rolling stock. Certainly a journey for the train nerd!
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 overhead luggage storage running lengthways down the carriage and further storage space at the end of the carriage for bigger items. The train was a direct service, calling at Reading, Chippenham and Bath Spa on the way to Bristol.
Arrival at Bristol Temple Meads
I grabbed a bite to eat in the station before jumping on the number 8 bus to meet a friend at the university. There are plenty of taxis outside the station entrance and bus stops with connections into the city. The city centre is just over half a mile on foot.