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Trains to Bristol Temple Meads Station

Bristol Temple Meads is a mainline railway station serving the city of Bristol, England. It is located at the eastern end of the Bristol Harbour Arm of the River Avon, near Temple Meads. Bristol Temple Meads station is one of two mainline stations in the Bristol area with Bristol Parkway located to the North of the city.

Bristol Temple Meads Station is managed by Network Rail and is served by Great Western Railway and CrossCountry trains. It is one of the busiest railway stations in the UK outside London, with over 10 million passengers using the station every year.

The station was originally opened in 1841 by Great Western Railway and was expanded in the late 19th century. Bristol Temple Meads Station underwent a major refurbishment in the early 21st century, which included the addition of new platforms and a new concourse.

Station Area Map

Bristol Temple Meads station is located in the city and county of Bristol in the South West of England. The train station is situated south of Bristol city centre, just north of the River Avon. There are many landmarks nearby, with the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Brunel's SS Great Britain, and Cabot Tower within a short walking distance.

Bristol Temple Meads Station has 12 platforms, 8 of which are through platforms. There are many local and regional trains to Bristol, and inter-city train services from major cities including London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Station Details and Facilities


Bristol Temple Meads station, Station Approach, off Bath Road, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6QF

General Information

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 04:30 – 01:45
  • Saturday: 05:00 – 01:45
  • Sunday: 07:00 – 01:45

Ticket Buying and Collection

You can book tickets with Split My Fare. You will have the option to receive e-Tickets via email or collect your tickets from the self-service ticket machines at Bristol Temple Meads Train Station.

Passenger Services

Information is available from station staff at the information point and at the ticket office.

Station Facilities


The ATM machine is located in the Midland Shed, next to the side entrance to the main booking hall from the Friary.

There are additional cash machines on the subway level concourse and by the booking hall.

Baby Changing Facilities

Located next to the Ladies' Toilets in the passenger subway. An additional Baby Change facility is located in the Accessible Toilet on Platform 13/15.

First-class Lounge

There is no first-class lounge at Bristol Temple Meads station.

Lost Property Office

Pay Phones

There are accessible public telephones at Bristol Temple Meads Station, taking cards and cash.

Photo Booth

It can be found in the advanced travel sales office and on platform 3.


WH Smith, M&S, Uppercrust; Pumpkin, Starbucks, and Lily's Flowers.

Waiting Room

The waiting room is located on Platform 5/7 and on Platform 13/15.


Staff assistance is available; please request assistance from any staff member if you have not booked help in advance.

  • Monday - Friday 05:30 - 01:30
  • Saturday 05:30 - 01:30
  • Sunday 08:00 - 01:30

Step Free Access Coverage

Lifts to all platforms and facilities. The ticket office is also step-free.

Ramp for train access available.

Wheelchairs are available.

Accessible Toilets are located on Platform 3 by the Help Desk and on Platform 13/15.

Ticket Office

Opening hours

  • Monday - Friday 05:30 - 21:30
  • Saturday 05:30 - 21:30
  • Sunday 06:45 - 21:30

Reservations and tickets requiring reservations are only sold at the following times:

Mon - Sat 08:30 - 18:00

Ticket machines are open 24 hours, with accessible ticket machines available.

If there is an issue with printing your train ticket, please contact customer services at the Ticket Office.


Located in the passenger subway.


Free public WiFi is available.


Monday - Sunday 24 Hours a Day

374 spaces available.

Daily rate: £14.30

Weekly rate: £100.10

Monthly rate: £268.00

3 Monthly rate: £504.00

Annual rate: £1463.00

No CCTV coverage.

Onward Travel


A dedicated Airport Flyer bus service connects Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Airport, taking approximately 25 minutes. Buses operate 24 hours a day and leave up to every 8 minutes at peak times.

The Airport Flyer can be found on the station forecourt. To reach the station forecourt, exit through the ticket barriers, turn left and exit through the main doors.


Buses can be found on the station forecourt and on the main road Temple Gate, situated at the bottom of Station Approach road.

To reach Temple Gate, follow the footpath to the bottom of Station Approach. Bus stops are situated on both sides of Temple Gate.

Information on bus services, including city centre map, timetables, and live service information can be found in the ticket hall.


Ferry services connecting the city centre can be found at Temple Back East. To reach the landing stage, exit through the ticket barriers, walk through the ticket hall, and exit through the side entrance marked for The Friary.


The taxi rank is available on the station forecourt. If you require an accessible taxi, please approach a staff member for assistance.

To reach the taxi rank, exit through the ticket barriers, turn left and exit through the main doors.

Bicycle Facilities

The primary storage location for bikes is at The Friary at Temple Quay, just to the right of the ramped exit from the long stay car park.

A limited bike storage location can be found on Station Approach by Queen Anne's Gate.

There is no longer any bike storage inside the station.

450 spaces available.

CCTV coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Bristol Temple Meads station open?

Bristol Temple Meads station is open everyday where trains are running to and from the station. Opening hours are Monday to Friday: 04:30 – 01:45 Saturday: 05:00 – 01:45 and Sunday: 07:00 – 01:45.

Why is there no platform 14 at Bristol Temple Meads?

There is no platform 14 at Bristol Temple Meads because access to it was blocked by the building of a large signal box by platform 14 in 1970.

Is Bristol Temple Meads a big station?

Bristol Temple Meads is a fairly big station. It is the 35th busiest station in the UK and the 14th busiest station outside London. The station has 13 platforms.

Are there trains running from Bristol Temple Meads?

Trains run from Bristol Temple Meads station almost every day, although there may be less services during the weekends and bank holidays.

When was Bristol Temple Meads station built?

Bristol Temple Meads station was built in 1840 by Great Western Railway and opened on 31st August with trains running as far as Bath.

Which is the main train station in Bristol?

Bristol Temple Meads is the main train station in Bristol. Bristol Parkway is the other mainline station in the area of Bristol, to the North of the city.