The better way to travel to Bristol
Take the train to Bristol city centre and beyond, in a greener way. With flexible ticket options and great public transport links it’s easy to navigate the Clean Air Zone.
Go green, go by train
A major source of air pollution in cities is road traffic. With the introduction of Bristol’s Clean Air Zone, let someone else do the (train) driving for you and help make sure everyone benefits from a more healthy and natural environment.
Did you know that a single train removes up to 500 cars from our roads? And that taking a train instead of a car for a medium-length journey can cut your emissions by up to two thirds? Plus, you'll save on petrol and wear and tear on your car. So by walking, cycling and using public transport, like Bristol’s suburban rail network, see if Great Western Railway can help you avoid the Clean Air Zone vehicle charge and get you where you need to be, by train.
Trains to and around Bristol
GWR trains run direct from London Paddington, Cardiff Central, Bath Spa, Gloucester and Exeter St Davids and all arrive at the centrally located Bristol Temple Meads station, which is just a short walk or bus journey from the city centre. You can even catch the Bristol Ferry waterbus from the pier at Temple Meads all the way to the SS Great Britain via Hotwells and the centre. With Temple Meads and the city centre now located in the Clean Air Zone, a train into central Bristol is a great way to arrive.
The Severn Beach line forms part of Bristol’s suburban rail network, with half-hourly services running to areas like Stapleton Road, Redland, Clifton and Avonmouth, and with train fares from just £2 return.
Discover the jewel of the south west
Explore this metropolis of unrivalled culture and maritime history. Book your tickets directly with GWR and pay no booking fees.
Park & Ride (the train!)
Bristol Parkway to the north of Bristol and the new station at Portway Park & Ride are two great stations with large car parks, easy access from the M4 and M5 motorways and regular train services into central Bristol. Parking at Bristol Parkway is in a covered multi-storey car park and can be booked through the APCOA Connect app, whilst parking at Portway Park & Ride is completely free!
Pay-as-you-go with the GWR smartcard
You can now effortlessly tap in and out of selected stations in a new pay-as-you-go travel area centred around Bristol. Plus, get best value on the day of travel, with all your train tickets and payments rolled into one using your GWR touch smartcard.
Make the journey seamless by train and bus
PlusBus is a discounted bus pass that you can buy with your GWR train ticket, giving you unlimited travel on nearly all bus services run by First, A-bus and Stagecoach. It's a great way to save on bus travel around the whole urban area of Bristol for just £4.50 a day (£2.95 with a Railcard) as an add-on to your train ticket to (or from) Bristol.
Another great ticket for the Bristol area is the Freedom Travelpass offering unlimited train and bus travel for as little as £6.50 per day. Valid for most bus and all rail services in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, if you’re looking to combine a few train and bus journeys in one day (or perhaps over a week or month), save money and ask for a Freedom Travelpass.