Public Transport In Bristol

Bus travel

Livery of FirstGroup buses in Bristol

Main article: Bus services in Bristol

The are 3 main bus companies that operate across the Greater Bristol area. They are First, National Express and Wessex Connect. They provide services around Bristol and in to South Gloucestershire, National Express provides services including London, Plymouth, Glasgow and Swansea. Megabus run services to London, Newport and Cardiff.

Rail travel

Main article: Rail services in Bristol

Bristol Parkway railway station

The main railway stations in Bristol are Bristol Temple Meads, near the city centre, and Bristol Parkway in the northern suburb of Stoke Gifford. Although the latter is in the Bristol urban area, it is in South Gloucestershire. There are services to UK destinations from both Temple Meads and Parkway stations. There are also smaller stations across Bristol on different railway lines, including the Severn Beach Line, South Wales Main Line, Cross-Country Route, Great Western Main Line and Wessex Main Line.

Journey time to Cardiff is around 45-60 minutes and to London around 90 minutes.

There are 3 private rail companies that operate across the Greater Bristol area. They are First Great Western, CrossCountry and South West Trains. First Great Western operate all the local and regional services and intercity services between London Paddington and South Wales/Southwest England that pass through or terminate at Bristol. CrossCountry run cross-country intercity services that serve Bristol on routes between Southwest England and the Midlands, North of England and Scotland. South West Trains operate two services a day between Bristol Temple Meads and London Waterloo via Salisbury.

There are several local, suburban rail routes throughout Bristol but many have either been closed or seen massively reduced services. The Severn Beach line which runs from Temple Meads to Severn Beach is regarded as a particularly attractive route.

Part of the viaduct between Redland and Montpelier stations.

Following a successful campaign by FOSBR (Friends of Suburban Bristol Railway), the Severn Beach Line began to be served by an increased frequency from May 2008. .It is hoped this will pave the way for better services across the conurbation. An additional train now operates on the line meaning services average around every 40 minutes. Fares are set over two zones, and the trip from Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach is 3.00 return. There is, for the first time, a Sunday service to Avonmouth. The result is a service that can actually be used to commute to Bristol centre from outlying areas. Information has been improved at all the stations, from a push-button link to a computer-generated voice link, to real-time display screen. There has been a dramatic increase in passenger numbers, giving rise to complaints aout not be able to buy tickets for through train journeys from the onboard train crew.

Water travel

Main article: Bristol Ferry Boat

A ferry boat passes the Welsh Back landing stage, with Bristol Bridge in the background

The Bristol Ferry Boat operates passenger ferry boat services on Bristol Harbour in the centre of Bristol.

Services are operated both for the leisure market and for commuters to and from both the city centre and Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and serve 15 landing stages throughout the length of the harbour. Services are provided by a fleet of historic, yellow painted ferry boats.

Stops include:

City Centre

SS Great Britain

Bristol Marina


Hotwells-Pumphouse (for Hotwells)

Welsh Back

Castle Park

Temple Quay (for Bristol Temple Meads railway station)


^ BBC Inside Out – Bristol’s Severn Beach Railway Line

^ The Lib Dem Council Cabinet amended their budget to provide an extra train on the Severn Beach line from December 2007

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Transport in Bristol



M4  M5  M32  M49   Almondsbury Interchange

European Routes

European route E30

A roads

A4 (Portway, Bristol)  A37  A369  A370  A403  A420  A431  A432  A4018  A4174  A4032  B4058


Bristol Bus Station  Bristol Portway park and ride  Bristol A4 Bath Road park and ride  Buglers  First Bristol  First Somerset & Avon  List of bus routes in Bristol


National Cycle Route 3  National Cycle Route 4 (Bristol & Bath Railway Path)


Railway lines

Bristol to Taunton Line  Great Western Main Line  Henbury Loop  Portishead Railway  Severn Beach Line  South Wales Main Line  Cross Country Route


Avonmouth  Bedminster  Bristol Parkway  Bristol Temple Meads  Clifton Down  Lawrence Hill  Montpelier  Parson Street  Portway  Redland  Sea Mills  Severn Beach  Shirehampton  St Andrews Road  Stapleton Road


Greater Bristol Metro


Bristol Filton Airport  Bristol International Airport


River Avon  Netham Lock  Kennet and Avon Canal   New Cut


Bristol Harbour  Cumberland Basin   Avonmouth Docks  Bristol Ferry Boat Company  Bristol Marina  Port of Bristol  Royal Portbury Dock  Underfall Yard

Public Transport

Public transport in Bristol


Avon Bridge  Avonmouth Bridge  Bristol Bridge  Clifton Suspension Bridge  Pero’s Bridge

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