Travel to Bath

Flying to Bath

Bristol Airport is 32km (20 miles) from Bath, and is its closest airport. It serves over 100 short-haul destinations, and it is possible to get cheap flights to Bristol from a wide range of European destinations, all year round. Airlines serving Bristol include Aer Lingus Regional, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, KLM and Ryanair. The Airport Flyer Express coach runs from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, where there are frequent trains to Bath.

For travellers arriving from long-haul destinations, the best airport to fly into is London Heathrow.

Flight times

To Bristol: from Belfast - 1 hour 5 minutes; Edinburgh - 1 hour 15 minutes;  Amsterdam - 1 hour 10 minutes; Paris - 1 hour 15 minutes.

To London Heathrow: from New York - 7 hours; Los Angeles - 10 hours 30 minutes; Toronto - 7 hours; Sydney - 23 hours (including stopover).

City Airports: 
Telephone:+44 871 334 4444

Bristol Airport is located 13km (8 miles) southwest of Bristol city centre.


Bureau de change desks and ATMs can be found at Bristol Airport both before and after the security checkpoint.


Baggage trolleys are available at a cost of £2 (or €2) from various locations around the terminal. A porter service is available from Bagport UK ( Left luggage facilities are available via the main information desk in the check-in area.

Telephone:+44 844 335 1801

London Heathrow Airport is located 24km (15 miles) west of central London.


There are numerous ATMs and bureaux de change facilities in all terminals (both pre- and post-security).


Left-luggage offices (tel: +44 20 8759 3344) can be found in each terminal, while lost property can be reclaimed from the Airport Lost Property Office (tel: +44 844 824 3115 (within UK) or +44 20 3761 1800 (international)) in Terminal 3. Baggage trolleys are available free of charge in baggage reclaim and other key areas.

Travel by road


Traffic drives on the left in the UK, and drivers must be at least 17 years old. Speed limits are 113kph (70mph) on motorways, 97kph (60mph) on single-lane main roads and 48kph (30mph) in built-up areas. Overseas driving licences and International Driving Permits are valid for up to one year. Insurance is mandatory. Overseas visitors bringing their own cars should bring registration documents and check with their insurance company as to whether a Green Card is needed.

Breakdown service, traffic updates and general motoring information are available from the AA (tel: +44 121 275 3746;, the RAC (tel: +44 844 891 3111; and Green Flag (tel: +44 845 246 1557;

Emergency breakdown service:

AA (tel: 0800 887 766, in the UK); RAC (tel: 0800 828 282, in the UK).


It's easy to get to Bath by car. The city is only 16km (10 miles) along the A46 from junction 18 of the M4 motorway coming from London and Heathrow. The M5 motorway provides excellent links from the North and Devon and Cornwall, while Bristol and Wales are just a short drive west on the M4. The local council recommends that people going to Bath for a whole day or more should use the city's Park and Ride facilities, ie park their car in a car park outside of town and use one of the frequent bus services connecting these car parks with the city centre. These out-of-town car parks are all signposted along the roads leading into Bath.

Driving times:

From Bristol - 30 minutes; Cardiff - 1 hour 20 minutes; Oxford - 1 hour 35 minutes; London - 2 hours 30 minutes; Brighton - 2 hours 50 minutes; Manchester - 3 hours 30 minutes.


National Express (tel: +44 871 781 8181; is the main coach operator linking Bath with all other major towns and cities in the UK. The bus station is on Dorchester Street next to Bath Spa railway station.

Travel by rail


Bath is well connected to the rest of the UK by frequent rail services. National Rail Enquiries provides timetables and fare information (tel: 03457 484 950, in the UK or +44 20 7278 5240; The city's railway station, Bath Spa, is located on Dorchester Street in the city centre.


First Great Western (tel: +44 345 700 0125; operates frequent high-speed connections from Paddington Station in London, the fastest taking 1 hour 25 minutes.

South West Trains (tel: +44 345 600 0650; runs numerous connections across the region.

Major cities like Birmingham and Manchester have frequent services to Bristol, which is just under 15 minutes by train from Bath. The south coast ports of Southampton and Portsmouth both have direct services by train.

Journey times:

From Bristol - 15 minutes; Cardiff - 1 hour 10 minutes; London - 1 hour 25 minutes; Southampton - 1 hour 30 minutes; Portsmouth - 2 hours 20 minutes.

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