Cheap Train Tickets to Bath

Bath has been a destination since Roman times, boasting ancient Roman culture. This city, designed for pleasure and relaxation, showcases its Roman Baths and honey-colored architecture, including the recognisable Royal Circle and majestic circus.

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With a compact city center, there are ample places to eat and drink. Bath, with its range of museums, year-round festivals, and independent shops, is an ideal spot for your next city break.

You can access direct trains to Bath, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or a short break. By using Trainsplit's unique journey planner, you can cut down costs and maximise your savings on train tickets.

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Journey Times and Train Companies

The journey times and available train companies to Bath vary depending on your departure location. Here are some common routes and the corresponding train companies:

London to Bath: Direct services from London Paddington to Bath Spa are operated by Great Western Railway (GWR), with journey times typically ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the service.

Bristol to Bath: Frequent services run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa, with GWR operating most of these services. Journey times are short, typically around 10 to 20 minutes.

Manchester to Bath: TransPennine Express and CrossCountry operate services connecting Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads, where passengers can transfer to trains to Bath. Journey times vary but typically range from 3 to 4 hours.

Birmingham to Bath: CrossCountry operates direct services from Birmingham New Street to Bath Spa, with journey times usually around 2 hours.

Before booking your tickets, check the departure and arrival stations, as well as the journey duration, to find the most suitable option for your travel needs.

Getting around Bath

Bath is a small city, and with its bus, railway, and coach stations located in the heart of the city, it's perfect for exploring on foot. There are various great cycle and walking routes to explore the city and take in the scenery.

The city also hosts a regular bus service across the city, along with routes to nearby towns and villages. Alternatively, reliable taxi services are available just outside of the station.

If you prefer to drive, there are a few car parks within the city center or three Park & Ride car parks, helping you avoid traffic congestion in the city center.

Some great things to do and explore while you're in Bath

Bath is well known for its Roman Baths, constructed around 70 AD. The Roman Baths are one of the best-preserved Roman remains globally, transporting you back to Roman times with extensive ruins and an interactive museum.

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Take a walk into the past at No.1 Royal Crescent, a restored town house museum exploring life in Georgian Bath in the 18th Century. You can take in the Georgian interior design, and also explore downstairs in the servant halls, where there are guides in every room to bring the story of the building to life.

One of the oldest houses in Bath, you can find the birthplace of the original Bath Bun. Inside Sally Lunn’s house you can see the original kitchen which dates back to 1622. Upstairs is still an eating house, where you can enjoy the famous Sally Lunn bun, which is still baked to the original recipe.

Visit the House of Mary Shelley, where she wrote the 1816 novel Frankenstein while she was a resident of Bath. Full of unusual artifacts, you will uncover the world of Mary Shelley from her history and tragic life events. You will experience all things Frankenstein, while exploring and investigating the attic quarters or taking part in the escape rooms.

Step into the world of Jane Austin and visit the Bath Jane Austin Centre, where the guides in full costume will take you on a journey through the centre that focuses on the life and works of Jane Austin. You can have a taste of some Regency period food along and get dressed up in costume while you have your photo taken with the world famous Jane Austin waxwork.

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Places to eat in Bath for all Budgets

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Fine Dining

Whether you're on a tight budget or looking to indulge, Bath offers a diverse culinary scene to satisfy every palate. Here are some recommendations for places to eat in Bath that cater to various budgets:

Menu Gordon Jones - 2 Wellsway, Bath, BA2 3AQ

This small restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and has an open kitchen where you can watch Gordon prepare creative dishes for you meal. The menus are use seasonal and locally sourced foods and offers a great tasting menu, Pre- booking is essential for this restaurant.

The Bath Priory Restaurant - Priory Lodge, Weston Road, Bath, BA1 2XT

Located in the Bath Priory hotel, this restaurant offers a menu of exciting French dishes, epitomising the best seasonal dining focusing on using local produce, flavour and balance. For something a bit lighter, why not try the The Pantry & Terrace.

The Elder Restaurant - 2-8 South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AA 

You will be seated in one of the elegant dining rooms, each portioned along with the lines of the original Georgian Houses where they are based. The informal dining experience where you are taken on a journey of experience. When you dine in this restaurant you will learn something new from the history of Bath or how they prepare and cook the perfect venison.

Mid Range Dining

Crescent Restaurant & Bar - 2 Margarets Buildings, Bath, BA1 2LP

Located in one of the side streets of Bath, just a short distance away from the Royal Crescent, this restaurant services a fresh all day menu. The restaurant offers a regularly changing specials menu all with ingredients locally sourced. So whether it is a breakfast, lunch or tapas and a cocktail after work, this restaurant will have something for everyone.

The Circus Restaurant - 34 Brock Street, Bath, BA1 2LN

This family run restaurant offers seasonal, locally sourced food at sensible and honest prices. Located between The Circus and The Royal Crescent it is located in one of Bath’s Georgian Houses.The wine list contains wines which are chosen from individual and family growers.

The Hive - 16 Argyle Street, Bathwick, Bath, BA2 4BQ 

Set over three floors with a lounge bar on the first floor and the restaurant on the ground floor overlooking the Pulteney Weir. The Head Chef takes traditional European dishes and puts his own unique stamp on them using fresh locally sourced ingredients and cultural influences.

Dining on a budget

Taylor’s Bagels - 6 London Street, Bath, BA1 5BU

Located in the heart of Bath, you will discover this charming bagel shop. They take pride in making their bagels fresh on site every day and each bagel is made using the freshest ingredients and to order.

The Good Bear Cafe - 7 Hayes Place Bear Flat, Bath, BA2 4QW

You will find locally sourced fresh and tasty food, from there home-made cakes to the daily specials and even an English breakfast with a Sardinian twist. The cafe walls regularly display works from local artists and the cafe is also dog friendly.

Juno Bar & Kitchen - 4 Philip Street, Southgate Shopping Centre, Bath, BA1 1AU

Spread over two floors, with a mixture of booth seating and bar stools, Juno is a place which combines comfort food  with great beer and cocktails. The food menu offers a mix of Pizza,, burgers along with loaded fries. While their drinks menu offers a range of cocktails, spirits and cans of craft beer.

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Sports and Leisure

Bath is a city full of sporting activities and adventures, from hot air ballooning to walking and cycling. Whether you want to take part or just spectate, there's plenty to get involved in.

Bath has a sporting heritage with Bath Rugby Club playing at the famous Recreation Ground, only a 5-minute walk from the Roman Baths and easy walking distance to car parks.

Experience the excitement and thrill of horse racing at Bath Racecourse, located between Bristol and Bath, with a busy calendar of 22 racing fixtures running from April to October.

If you prefer walking to cycling, there are plenty of routes to enjoy, including the unique Two Tunnels route along a disused railway line, offering views of Bath’s Georgian Crescents.

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Overnight stay or a weekend away in Bath

Extend your stay in Bath and explore surrounding areas, such as Bristol and further afield in Somerset. Accommodations are available in the city center for various budgets, providing an ideal base for your exploration.

How to Get Cheap Train Tickets to Bath from Across the UK

Travelling to Bath by train offers a convenient and scenic way to explore this historic city. Here are a few ways to cut down on your travel costs and save money on your train tickets:

  1. Book in Advance: Like most train journeys, booking your tickets well in advance can often result in significant savings. Train operators typically release tickets up to 12 weeks before the travel date, and fares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book. Keep an eye out for Advance tickets, which offer discounted rates compared to tickets purchased on the day of travel.
  2. Be Flexible with Travel Dates and Times: If your schedule allows, consider travelling during off-peak hours or on weekdays rather than weekends, as fares are usually lower during these times. Additionally, being flexible with your travel dates can help you take advantage of cheaper fares.
  3. Use a Railcard:  Investing in a railcard can lead to substantial discounts on train travel. Various railcards are available, catering to different age groups and travel preferences, such as the 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, and Senior Railcard. Make sure to check if you're eligible for any railcards and apply them to your booking to enjoy discounted rates. Did you know that Trainsplit now sells digital railcards? To see the railcards that we offer and the eligibility requirements, just click here.
  4. Consider Split Ticketing: Splitting your journey into multiple segments and purchasing separate tickets for each leg of the trip can sometimes result in lower overall fares. With Trainsplit’s unique journey planner, we search for the best priced train tickets for your journey, you can easily discover the best split ticketing combinations that maximise the savings on your train tickets and best of all Trainsplit will do all of the work for you and doesn’t charge a booking fee.
  5. More than 2 people are traveling: Take a look at Group Save train tickets, these are a great way to get discounted train fares for groups of people traveling.
  6. Consider an alternative route: If you are not traveling from London why not consider traveling not via London. Cross Country trains operate routes to Bath but avoid London and this can be a great ways to cut down train travel costs. Using Trainsplit’s journey planner will search for the cheaper routes to Sheffield and can possibly save you money on your train tickets. 
  7.  Claim Delay Repay: If you are delayed on your journey, you may be entitled to Delay Repay compensation on your train tickets.

By using these tips along with Trainsplit’s unique journey planner, you can secure cheap train tickets for your journey to Bath, allowing you to explore this charming city without breaking the bank.

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