Trains to Bath
Cheap Trains to Bath
Famed for the healing powers of its waters, Bath is one of the traveller's favourite destinations in the United Kingdom for architecture and World Heritage sites.
Bath is, hands-down, one of the most beautiful cities in Great Britain. Home to exquisite Georgian and Roman architecture – not to mention relaxing hot springs and Roman period baths & spa – this city is a must-visit on your travel to the UK. The city is so gorgeous that it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has the best-preserved Roman baths and some of the grandest Georgian architecture in Europe and is regularly serviced by trains to and from major cities around the country.
Tip 1: Advanced bookings get the cheapest fares
The lowest priced train tickets to Bath are usually made available by train companies for journeys up to 12 weeks advance of travel. These low price advance rail tickets tend to sell out fast so you'll need to get them before they're gone. Tickets stop selling in advance about an hour before travel, though often these aren't available by then so try not to leave it to the last minute.
Bath Spa railway station is a Victorian station located within the city centre. It has regular inter-city and regional trains coming from major cities such as Cardiff, Reading, Bristol, Salisbury, Southampton and London. Trains to Bath coming from London leave from London Paddington, with an approximate journey of one and a half hours depending on which service you take.
Tip 2: Don't get charged booking fees
Some ticket retailers charge fees each time a train fare is booked on their platform. Trainline charges up to £1.50 flat rate per booking for example. Split My Fare does not charge a booking fee, only if you make a saving by splitting your train tickets will we take 10% of the saving you make.
The former name of Bath "Aquae Sulis" literally means "warm waters" referring to the ancient Roman baths and spring that resides in the centre. Set beside a temple dedicated to the healing goddess Sulis, this is hailed as the best-preserved ancient Roman bath house in the world and forms part of the World Heritage status. At the heart of the complex, you’ll find the Great Bath, which is a pool filled with steaming water from the nearby Sacred Spring. The museum is affordably priced and comes with a comprehensive audio-tour that describes the history of the baths and how they related to Roman life. You can also get a taste of the famous healing waters, although be warned they may not be palatable to modern tongues!
Tip 3: Don't forget Delay Repay
Delay Repay is a scheme that means you can claim a partial or full refund is available on your train tickets to Bath when your train journey is delayed by more than 15 minutes. Return trains are not always subject to delay repay so do check with your train company when buying your ticket.
The Royal Crescent in Bath is famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture. This semi-round terrace is filled with majestic townhouses overlooking the Royal Victoria Park. For those who want to learn about the interesting stories behind the striking structures in Bath, there is the Museum of Bath Architecture.
Tip 4: Popular times cost more
Cheaper fares are usually found outside peak hours - meaning you're best not travelling during weekends, rush hour and during holidays. Weekdays on the other hand are usually a lot cheaper, so buy tickets outside of rush hour during the week to save on your journey.
Another museum that’s worth visiting in the city centre is the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. This used to be the home of famous astronomer William Herschel and has now been converted into a museum.
Tip 5: Book together to save
National Rail tickets are subject to a group save discount, so if you're journeying here in a group of 3 to 9 people and looking for cheap trains to bath you can get 1/3 discount during off-peak hours if you book together. Mobile E - tickets are also valid using this group save and savings will be automatically added at the checkout.
We'd highly recommend visiting the Bath Abbey - located just a few minutes walk from the Bath train station it has a guided tour that includes a visit to the top of the spire. This gives a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view across the city - including a look into the nearby thermal spa.
Tip 6: Check Both Single & Return Fares
Trains to Bath can be found relatively cheaply but sometimes you'll need to check both single and return prices. Often two one-way tickets can be cheaper than one return, so check all available options when booking to save the most.
If taking the train to Bath we'd recommend visiting Pulteney bridge located a 5 minute walk from Bath Spa station, overlooking the Avon river & parade gardens, it's a beautiful spot for a photograph and a quiet reflection in the well-maintained (but unfortunately not free) gardens. It's worth noting that residents in Bath are able to access these gardens for free although the £3 entry is well worth it for a quiet break on your journey!
Tip 7: Use Slower Services
Cheaper tickets can sometimes be found on slower services, if you aren't bothered about getting quick trains to Bath, then use one of these less direct services. If this saves you money, we'll show you this automatically on our site but we'll show you the fastest available trains too.
For walkers who enjoy an excursion during their journey, travel to the nearby Bath bus station just next to the train station and take the U1 to the start point of the Bath Skyline Walk. This hilltop walk is 6 miles in length and affords incredible panoramic views of the entire city. Please check the bus and trains have aligned schedules as the U1 can be an irregular service outside of university semester times.
Tip 8: Check Both 1st & Standard Class
When demand for first class is low, sometimes a first class train ticket can be reduced to at or sometimes below the normal standard class fare. You'll get a more comfortable seat and sometimes some additional food in a quieter carriage for the same price.
Sports fans can find a unique experience at the Rec - the sports ground located just next to the Pulteney Bridge. This is the home of Bath RFC, a Premiership rugby team. Games are friendly and a great family evening out - check on the Bath RFC website for more info. Note that any Bath trains to or from nearby cities (especially Bristol) are often very busy during game times, so adjust your plans to get the train to Bath earlier in the day.
Tip 9: For Regular Travellers - Get A Railcard
Railcards permit you to save 1/3 off rail fares on most fares. You will get additional benefits like free entry to attractions & many other discounts too.
Most railcards cost aorund £30 - the Two Together Railcard, for example, allows two adults to save 1/3 on most fares.
The Family and Friends Railcard provides 60% off fares for children and 1/3 off almost all adult fares for up to 4 kids and 4 adults.
The senior railcard offers the same discount, but at a reduced cost of £70 for three years.
Disabled passengers are able to get discounts on their train tickets with the Disabled Persons Railcard - £30 a year and 1/3 off most tickets.
Other Railcards available include the Network Railcard, 16-25 Railcard and 26-30 Railcard.
The railcard website has more details and cards can be found on sale at a National Rail Ticket Office.
The local Bath Guildhall indoor market provides a fantastic opportunity to buy handmade crafts, food and other oddities - as the oldest market in the city the rich history on its own makes it worth a visit. The market is just a five minute walk from the train station in Bath (Bath Spa).
Tip 10: Travel Flexibly To Save
Use our Journey Planner to find the cheapest days to travel, often these can be at unusual times of the day for travel (outside of rush hour) or on weekdays.
No train journey to Bath is complete without a visit to Sally Lunn's Eating House and Museum - the oldest eatery in the city (circa 1680). Try the 300 year old recipe made famous by Sally Lunn - the Sally Lunn Bun. This is a 'bun' that is not a bun - rather similar to a French brioche with generous helpings of a variety of toppings on top. They also have a number of other main meals and vegan/vegetarian options too.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do Bath trains go?
You can reach the whole of the UK from Bath Station as it has direct trains to London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads.
How do I get to Bath by train?
It takes just 1h11m to get to Bath from London and only 11m from Bristol.