By and large, Bath is small enough to get around by foot. You can walk your way from the Royal Crescent to Bath Abbey in 15 minutes, and it’ll only take you five more to get to Bath Spa railway station. If you need to go further afield, the city is served by several reliable local taxi companies, as well as Uber drivers. This page is here to provide some extra information for anyone coming to Bath via Bristol Airport or Bath Spa railway station.
Getting around Bath
Bristol Airport is the city’s nearest international airport. If you’re flying into Bath, there are a number of ways you can make your way from the arrivals lounge to any one of our hotels near Bristol Airport.
First of all, it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s a 40-minute drive to our Bath City Centre hotel, so if you were thinking of booking a taxi, it can get a little expensive. Arrow Cars is the airport’s preferred taxi and minibus service, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Just like Uber, you can track your taxi in real time and contact your driver directly. Plus, you can pay by cash or card, either at the office or online.
Another option, which could work out cheaper, is to hire a car. Bristol Airport has eight on-site options, including reliable names such as Hertz, Avis, Enterprise and Europcar. However, if you want to save on costs, our top tip would be to catch the Airport Flyer bus service to Bristol Temple Meads, which operates 24 hours a day with buses every ten minutes. From Bristol Temple Meads, you can catch the train to Bath Spa railway station – it’s a direct train which can take as little as 11 minutes.
Bath Railway station
Bath Spa railway station is the city’s only major railway station. It’s to the south of the city centre, sitting on a meander of the River Avon. The station itself was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1840 for the Great Western Railway, who still manage it today.
There are regular services to London Paddington via Swindon, which takes roughly an hour and a half. Plus, its quick connection with Bristol Temple Meads opens up the opportunity to travel by train to the counties of Devon and Cornwall.