London to Bristol Train Tickets



One Way


Extend your stay in the southern UK by booking an exciting trip from London to Bristol by train! You’ll board with Great Western Railway and enjoy a comfortable, stylish high-speed travel experience enhanced by the many friendly services and convenient amenities available to you along the way. Choose your ticket option and seating class, then get set to ride to the bustling city of Bristol!

Home to numerous visual art galleries, museums, sports arenas, plus live music and theatre venues, Bristol is one of England’s most dynamic cities. At the heart of Bristol, is the historic Harbourside, where you’ll discover cultural landmarks, retail shops, restaurants and an annual summer festival that pays tribute to the city’s prosperous maritime heritage. Keep your camera close at hand as you take in such popular attractions as the Arnolfini art center, SS Great Britain steamship museum, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Blaise Castle Estate and Bristol Zoo!

Purchase your Great Western Railway ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket here and you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number by email shortly thereafter. Simply use this number to retrieve your actual ticket from a local ticket collection machine and you’ll be ready to travel from London to Bristol by train, seat reservation included.

Journey Details


Trains depart every 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes otherwise, with an average of 52 departures daily (28 of them direct routes)

Travel time

1 hour and 36 minutes direct (fastest time)

Train stations

London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads

Train features

Great Western Railway high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 201km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’, the following fare options may be available:


Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.


Advance tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train.


Off-peak tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.
Ticket Classes

Standard Class

Standard class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.

First Class

First class coaches are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Power outlets and work tables are also provided. Passengers can enjoy a warm customer welcome as well as complimentary at-seat food and drink service.
Ticket Discounts

Child discount

Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.
Train Services and Amenities
  • Onboard food and drink catering (subject to availability)
  • WiFi internet access
  • “Quiet Zone” seating
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Travel assistance for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches
Additional Details

Seat reservations

When booking your GWR ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket, the seat reservation will be included in most cases. Exceptions where the seat may not be reserved at the time of booking include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket Purchase Conditions and Delivery

Tickets for travel from London to Bristol by train may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.
Once your e-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a ticket collection #. Collect your physical ticket simply by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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