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The most convenient international airports are Bristol Airport and London’s Heathrow Airport. Gatwick Airport is a bit further away and less convenient than Heathrow, but still doable.

From Bristol Airport the Bristol International Flyer is a regular shuttle bus that stops at Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and terminates at Bristol Bus Station, with a journey time of around 25 minutes.

From Bristol Temple Meads First Great Western operates regular trains to Bath Spa – journey time around 15 minutes.

From Bristol Bus Station Firstgroup run regular buses to Bath Spa Bus Station – journey time around 45 minutes.

It is also possible to take a taxi from Bristol Airport directly to Bath – the journey takes around 40 minutes and costs about 40 pounds.

From London Heathrow Airport, National Express runs a direct bus service to Bath Spa Station.

Alternatively Railair operates a regular bus shuttle from Heathrow to Reading Station from where you can take a First Great Western train to Bath Spa.

Otherwise from Heathrow take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington Station (15 mins) and take a First Great Western train from Paddington to Bath Spa.

From Gatwick Airport, take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria Station (30 mins). Then either take a National Express bus from Victoria Coach Station (5 mins walk from Victoria Rail Station) to Bath, or take a London Bus or the Underground to Paddington Station and take a First Great Western train to Bath.

On arrival in Bath, it is easiest to take a taxi to your accommodation.


It is generally not necessary to book in advance during the week on buses or trains – if you turn up 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time you can buy your ticket on the spot. However, it is generally less expensive to buy your tickets online in advance for both buses and trains.


Generally National Express buses will not carry bikes unless they can be folded. A full sized bike box will almost certainly be refused. Coupled bikes in cases, Bike Fridays etc. can be carries as normal luggage.

For First Great Western’s policy on carrying bicycles, see the link below.


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