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Pay-as-you-go in the Bristol area

What is pay-as-you-go?

The pay-as-you-go (PAYG) GWR touch smartcard makes travelling by train in and around Bristol easier than ever before.

From Weston-super-Mare to Cheltenham Spa, Chippenham to Severn Beach, and anywhere in-between, you can effortlessly tap in and out at the station.

Never worry about paper tickets again, with your tickets, payments and Railcards all rolled into one.

You’ll also get access to new Anytime Day Single fares and the guaranteed best price on same-day travel.

So, stop hunting down the best deal and managing your tickets, and let us do it for you.

Get your pay-as-you-go smartcard

Tap in. Tap out. It's as easy as that.


Save time – simply tap in and tap out


Guaranteed best fares on same-day travel*


Get your Railcard discount automatically

Parent and child

Smartcards and pay-as-you-go are now available for children


Travel flexibly – no need to buy before you travel

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Secure and automated billing


Travel on any train in a pay-as-you-go scheme – not just GWR

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Get notifications when you can get Delay Repay compensation

What stations are included in the pay-as-you-go scheme?

Use our checker below to find out if you can use pay-as-you-go for your journey.

Pay-as-you-go scheme fare checker

Where can I use pay-as-you-go in Bristol?

Pay-as-you-go is available in a large travel area in the West of England, between:

  • Bristol
  • Bath Spa
  • Chippenham
  • Weston-super-Mare
  • Gloucester
  • Cheltenham Spa
Map of stations in the Bristol pay-as-you-go area.

Download a PDF version of the Bristol pay-as-you-go map (PDF, 413 KB).

So, whether you’re travelling to the office a couple of days a week, in Bristol to follow in the footsteps of Banksy, or exploring Bath’s historic Roman Baths, get there with pay-as-you-go.

Pay-as-you-go is also available in Cornwall but please be aware that you cannot use pay-as-you-go to travel between Cornwall and Bristol. For more information, see our pay-as-you-go FAQs.

Order your pay-as-you-go smartcard

How to get pay-as-you-go if you don't have a GWR account

  1. Register for a GWR account
  2. Confirm your account
  3. Login to your GWR account or select 'GWR pay-as-you-go' when you're logged in
  4. Enter your details and submit your form
  5. You will receive your pay-as-you-go smartcard within five working days

How to get pay-as-you-go if you already have a GWR account

  1. Login to your GWR account or select 'GWR pay-as-you-go' when you're logged in
  2. Choose if you want to order a new smartcard or add pay-as-you-go to an existing smartcard from the dropdown menu
  3. Enter your details and submit your form
  4. You will receive your pay-as-you-go smartcard within five working days
    1. If you added pay-as-you-go to an existing smartcard, you will normally be able to use pay-as-you-go within two hours

How to get pay-as-you-go if you already use a Flexi Season ticket on your GWR smartcard

If you use a Flexi Season ticket on a GWR smartcard, we recommend ordering a new smartcard for pay-as-you-go journeys.

Get inspired and see where you can go with pay-as-you-go

Roman Baths in Bath

Discover the timeless beauty of Bath

The Roman Baths are the top of any itinerary in Bath but don’t forget the stunning Bath Abbey and No.1 Royal Crescent. There’s delicious food and drink, one of the country’s best rugby teams, a bustling nightlife, and a taste of the arts at the Theatre Royal – making Bath a must-visit destination for anyone.

Street Art in Bristol

Explore the vibrant culture of Bristol

Bristol is full of world-famous street art, unrivalled culture, and countless attractions. Whether you’re visiting one of Bristol’s fantastic museums, taking in the breath-taking views from Clifton Suspension Bridge, or indulging in a spot of retail therapy at Cabot Circus, Bristol is the perfect destination for an adventure.

Jockeys at Cheltenham Race Course

Enjoy the historic town of Cheltenham

This historic spa town is a must-see any time of year, with year-round events, an enviable food scene and a buzzing nightlife. There are more than 25 festivals every year, from literature to food and drink. And, of course, who can forget Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest dates on the horse racing calendar.

Frequently asked questions about pay-as-you-go

Here are some of the key things you need to know about pay-as-you-go in the Bristol area. For more information, visit our full FAQs on our main pay-as-you-go page.

Pay-as-you-go terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions, visit our main pay-as-you-go page.

*Get the best value on same-day fares for the day of travel, plus Weekly Season ticket price capping applied to end-to-end journeys between two stations over a Monday to Sunday 7-day week. Excludes Advance Single tickets. For more details, see our FAQs on pricing, fares and payment details.