How to take the rail journey from London to Bristol

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London to Bristol by train

How to buy tickets, what's on board the trains, how to use the stations, plus tips for making the journey

Routes you can take to go from London to Bristol

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

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Route Information

Travel Time (approx)

1hr 35min approx



Travel Info

Monday to Saturday = 2 x trains per hour
Sunday = 22 x trains (minimum of 1 x train per hour, but 2 x trains are available in some hours in the pm)

  • Is the journey direct? = Yes
  • Is the journey scenic? = Not particularly
  • What other tourist locations are long this route? = Bath
  • When is the usual approximate earliest arrival at the destination? = before 07:00 on Monday to Friday; before 08:00 on Saturday; before 09:30 on Sunday
  • When is the usual approximate latest departure? = after 23:30 on Monday to Friday and Sunday; around 23:00 on Saturday
  • Are tickets cheaper if booked in advance? = Yes
  • How soon ahead of travel are tickets typically placed on sale? = 12 weeks; see the Ticket Information
  • What are the child ticket terms? = aged 5 to 15 = 50%; 4 and under = free
  • Does the ticket include assigned seats? = Varies; Yes with Advance Tickets; see the Ticket Information
  • Do rail pass users need to book reservations? = No
  • Is catering available on the train? = Yes; At Seat Catering; complimentary in 1st class
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