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London to Bristol Temple Meads by train

It takes an average of 2h 22m to travel from London to Bristol Temple Meads by train, over a distance of around 106 miles (170 km). There are normally 90 trains per day travelling from London to Bristol Temple Meads and tickets for this journey start from £10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 19m
PriceFrom £10
Distance106 miles (170 km)
Frequency90 trains per day
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationBristol Temple Meads
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsGreat Western Railway, South Western Railway

London to Bristol Temple Meads train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Bristol Temple Meads for Sunday 9th May 2021 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
21:20 On timelondon waterloo06:48 bristol temple meadsPlat. 8 estimatedsouth western railway Super Off PeakGet tickets9h 28m, 2 changes
05:23 london paddington06:58 bristol temple meadsPlat. 8 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets1h 35m, direct
06:32 london paddington08:13 bristol temple meadsPlat. 5 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets1h 41m, direct
07:02 london paddington08:35 bristol temple meadsPlat. 2 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets1h 33m, direct
07:32 london paddington09:10 bristol temple meadsPlat. 4 estimatedgreat western railway PeakGet tickets1h 38m, direct

Taking the train from London to Bristol Temple Meads

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.

Find out more information about how to buy cheap train tickets to Bristol.

Journey details

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

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.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Bristol Temple Meads by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Bristol Temple Meads is 1 hour and 19 minutes.

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

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.

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

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.

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

The first train from London to Bristol Temple Meads leaves at 04:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

What's the distance between London and Bristol Temple Meads by train?

Trains travelling from London to Bristol Temple Meads cover a distance of around 106 miles (170 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London to Bristol Temple Meads

Train tickets from London to Bristol Temple Meads start at £10 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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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 London to Bristol Temple Meads is right for you.

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A comfortable journey to Bristol Temple Meads

Review by Freddie Larkins

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.

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