Bristol International Airport is the nearest to Bath and approximately 33 kilometres (21 miles) away. See airport guide for more information. An express coach service connects the airport to Bristol Temple Meads Rail station and Marlborough Street bus station, from where frequent trains and buses operate to Bath. See these notes if travelling from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports [airport guide].
The nearest bus stop to the railway and bus stations at Bath is Dorchester Street. From here:
- Wessex Connect‘s U18 uniconnect bus service runs every 10 minutes to the campus from 07:03 – 20:23 Monday to Friday. From 21:05 buses run every 20 minutes until 02:45. A less frequent service operates at weekends. A term-time hourly service U10 runs from Kingsway to the university starting at 7:40 until 2240. See timetables and tickets for more details (pdf). Uniconnect buses are in a dark blue colour scheme. For more information, please contact 01225 332726 between 08:30 -17:30 Monday to Friday or email email@example.com
- First Somerset & Avon’s Bright Orange bus 18 runs from 07:21 until 02:36 at a 6 minute daytime frequency during term; less after 18:00 and university holidays. A less frequent service 8 operates to and from Kingsway during term time.Articulated, “bendy buses” carry 140 people. Check First’s ticket options or phone 0845 6064446 for more information.
Wessex Connect’s 20 A/C circular routes connect the university via Weston, Twerton, Whiteway, Combe Down and Widcombe Hill. Buses leave the bus station’s bay 4 half-hourly starting at 07:54 till 17:00 Monday – Friday and 09:00 – 18:00 on saturdays. See timetables for more information [pdf].
Service U10 connects the university via Kingsway/Sladebrooke Avenue, Moorland Road, Lower Oldfield Park and Bathwick Hill between 07:20 and 19:20 Monday – Friday but does not serve the city centre. See timetables for more information [pdf].
The BathRider ticket can be used on both services. It costs £4.95 daily and £17.50 weekly.
Please see Traveline SouthWest website or ring them on 0871 200 2233 and 0870 241 2216 minicom for all public transport information in the region. Calls provided by BT will be charged at 10p per minute plus 6p set up fee per call. Mobile, business and other providers’ charges may vary. For UK-wide national public transport information, check traveline.org.uk
The University campus is situated on Claverton Down, to the east of Bath. The A4 and A36 roads run through the city; the M4 motorway is approximately 16 kilometres (10 miles) distant.
If approaching from the M4, leave the motorway at junction 18 and follow the A46 south 12 kilometres (8 miles) to the Bath exit from the dual carriageway.
Turning right here brings you on to the A4 westbound to Bath. After 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles) turn left at the traffic lights (signposted “City Centre A36”); after 640 metres (700 yards) turn left at the traffic lights towards Warminster. In approximately 275 metres (300 yards) turn right into North Road (signposted “Claverton Down”). The Quarry Road entrance to the campus is on the left towards the top of the hill (approximately 1.6 kilometres – 1 mile); the Norwood Avenue entrance is 0.8 kilometres (half a mile) further on in Claverton Down Road.
If approaching from the city centre, the A4 or the A36 eastbound follow signs to “Warminster”, “Claverton Down”, “American Museum” and “Park & Ride (University)”.
If approaching from the A36 (northbound) follow signs to ” Claverton Down”. [Map]
National Express run direct services daily from London Victoria and Heathrow airport to Bath. For more information, tel: 08717 818181
Bath Spa mainline station is on the London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads line. Very frequent services run to London, a journey of approximately 90 minutes. Bristol, with connections to the Midlands, the North and the South West is usually a 15 minute journey. For further information, please check the National Rail timetable or contact rail operators First Great Western, Arriva Trains Wales, SouthWest Trains(pdf) – [also see megatrain.com], Crosscountry Trains. For latest information covering the entire network, contact National Rail enquiry line on 08457 48 49 50. For integrated rail and bus ticket options, check PlusBus.info and First Great Western’s Freedom travelpass.
Poole is the nearest ferry port to Bath. Check travel-friend.co.uk for more information on ferry operators and services.
Taxis are available from outside the Railway station or Orange Grove, which is next to the Abbey. From the station ask to go via ‘Widcombe Hill’. Otherwise you are likely to be taken through town which may be more expensive. Information on taxi fares is available from Bath & Northeast Somerset Council or contact the Licensing Team.