Cheap Train Tickets to Bath

Bath has been a destination since Roman times, boasting ancient Roman culture. This city, designed for pleasure and relaxation, showcases its Roman Baths and honey-colored architecture, including the recognisable Royal Circle and majestic circus.

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With a compact city center, there are ample places to eat and drink. Bath, with its range of museums, year-round festivals, and independent shops, is an ideal spot for your next city break.

You can access direct trains to Bath, making Bath an ideal destination for a day trip or a short break. By using Trainsplit's unique journey planner, you can cut down costs and search for cheap train tickets and maximise the savings on your journey. 

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Journey Times and Train Companies

The journey times and available train companies to Bath vary depending on your departure location. Here are some common routes and the corresponding train companies:

London to Bath: Direct services from London Paddington to Bath Spa are operated by Great Western Railway (GWR), with journey times typically ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the service.

Bristol to Bath: Frequent services run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa, with GWR operating most of these services. Journey times are short, typically around 10 to 20 minutes.

Manchester to Bath: TransPennine Express and CrossCountry operate services connecting Manchester Piccadilly to Bristol Temple Meads, where passengers can transfer to trains to Bath. Journey times vary but typically range from 3 to 4 hours.

Birmingham to Bath: CrossCountry operates direct services from Birmingham New Street to Bath Spa, with journey times usually around 2 hours.

Before booking your tickets, check the departure and arrival stations, as well as the journey duration, to find the most suitable option for your travel needs.

Getting around Bath

Bath is a small city, and with its bus, railway, and coach stations located in the heart of the city, it's perfect for exploring on foot. There are various great cycle and walking routes to explore the city and take in the scenery.

The city also hosts a regular bus service across the city, along with routes to nearby towns and villages. Alternatively, reliable taxi services are available just outside of the station.

If you prefer to drive, there are a few car parks within the city center or three Park & Ride car parks, helping you avoid traffic congestion in the city center.

Getting the best-value rail tickets possible is something that we at Trainsplit are sure many people want to do. This can include booking in advance, using a Railcard if you have one, travelling outside peak times, and – of course – splitting tickets via our website. If you’d like further information on any of these, please get in touch, and we’ll do what we can to assist you. We do have a comprehensive guide here at Trainsplit on the booking process, which we hope will be very useful. Below, we've outlined some of the key points, including securing cheap train tickets.

How to book Cheap Train Tickets to Bath

Book Your Train Tickets Early

For the best deals on Cheap Train Tickets, don't delay until the day of departure. Instead, book an Advance Ticket up to 12 weeks ahead when released by the Train Operating Companies. Advance Tickets for trains to Bath, offering lower prices, often sell out fast. We recommend booking your journey in advance, as early as possible, to secure the most affordable fares. Even if you need to book last minute, you can sometimes still purchase Advance Fares up to an hour before departure.

Use a Railcard

Pairing your journey with a railcard can slash up to a third off the ticket price, offering significant savings on cheap train tickets. If you're a regular train traveller, investing in a railcard will swiftly offset its cost through discounted fares.

Split Your Tickets

With Trainsplit’s unique journey planner, we search for the best-priced train tickets for your journey. You can easily discover the best split ticketing combinations that maximise your savings on train tickets, and best of all, Trainsplit will do all the work for you and doesn’t charge a booking fee.

Avoid Peak Times

Opting for off-peak travel not only saves money on higher-priced train tickets but also offers a more tranquil journey experience. Off-peak hours typically commence around 09:30, making them an ideal choice for budget-conscious travellers heading to Bath. Additionally, considering splitting your tickets during off-peak hours can further enhance your savings on cheap train tickets for your journey.

Travelling with Multiple Passengers

Explore Groupsave train tickets for discounted fares when travelling with a group of three or more people. It's a great way to save on train tickets and make your journey more affordable. And remember, you can also consider splitting your tickets with Trainsplit to save even more on your train tickets. 

Consider an Alternative Route

If you're not starting your journey from London, why not try a different route that doesn't pass through the capital? Cross Country trains offer trips to Bristol Temple Meads that avoid London, providing a smart way to cut down on train travel costs. With Trainsplit’s journey planner, you can easily find cheaper routes to Bath by splitting your tickets. This can save you money on your train tickets, ensuring you enjoy affordable travel to your destination.

Avoid Booking Fees

Many ticket retailers impose booking fees for each journey booked, adding unnecessary expenses to your travel costs. With Trainsplit, we don't charge a booking fee. Instead, we only charge a Share of Savings, which is a small percentage of the savings you made if we found a split for your journey. Rest assured, it will still work out cheaper than purchasing a through fare. If no splits are found, no Share of Savings will be charged.

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Claim Delay Repay

In the event of a delay, you may be entitled to compensation under the Delay Repay scheme. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the compensation policy of the operator you're travelling with and submit a claim for any eligible delays.

By using these tips along with Trainsplit’s unique journey planner, you can secure cheap train tickets for your journey to Bath, allowing you to explore this charming city without breaking the bank.

If you have any other questions, then our FAQ section can be a good place to start. If your question doesn’t appear there, then feel free to get in touch with our customer service team.

Some great things to do and explore while you're in Bath

Bath is well known for its Roman Baths, constructed around 70 AD. The Roman Baths are one of the best-preserved Roman remains globally, transporting you back to Roman times with extensive ruins and an interactive museum.

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Take a walk into the past at No.1 Royal Crescent, a restored town house museum exploring life in Georgian Bath in the 18th Century. You can take in the Georgian interior design, and also explore downstairs in the servant halls, where there are guides in every room to bring the story of the building to life.

One of the oldest houses in Bath, you can find the birthplace of the original Bath Bun. Inside Sally Lunn’s house you can see the original kitchen which dates back to 1622. Upstairs is still an eating house, where you can enjoy the famous Sally Lunn bun, which is still baked to the original recipe.

Visit the House of Mary Shelley, where she wrote the 1816 novel Frankenstein while she was a resident of Bath. Full of unusual artifacts, you will uncover the world of Mary Shelley from her history and tragic life events. You will experience all things Frankenstein, while exploring and investigating the attic quarters or taking part in the escape rooms.

Step into the world of Jane Austin and visit the Bath Jane Austin Centre, where the guides in full costume will take you on a journey through the centre that focuses on the life and works of Jane Austin. You can have a taste of some Regency period food along and get dressed up in costume while you have your photo taken with the world famous Jane Austin waxwork.

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When planning your visit to these cultural attractions, consider leveraging the convenience and affordability of train travel by exploring options for split tickets and securing cheap train tickets for your journey to Bath.

The Trainsplit app is more than just a way to save money on train travel. It's a great way to explore new places and meet new people.

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Places to eat in Bath for all Budgets

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Fine Dining

Whether you're on a tight budget or looking to indulge, Bath offers a diverse culinary scene to satisfy every palate. Here are some recommendations for places to eat in Bath that cater to various budgets:

Menu Gordon Jones - 2 Wellsway, Bath, BA2 3AQ

This small restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and has an open kitchen where you can watch Gordon prepare creative dishes for you meal. The menus are use seasonal and locally sourced foods and offers a great tasting menu, Pre- booking is essential for this restaurant.

The Bath Priory Restaurant - Priory Lodge, Weston Road, Bath, BA1 2XT

Located in the Bath Priory hotel, this restaurant offers a menu of exciting French dishes, epitomising the best seasonal dining focusing on using local produce, flavour and balance. For something a bit lighter, why not try the The Pantry & Terrace.

The Elder Restaurant - 2-8 South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AA 

You will be seated in one of the elegant dining rooms, each portioned along with the lines of the original Georgian Houses where they are based. The informal dining experience where you are taken on a journey of experience. When you dine in this restaurant you will learn something new from the history of Bath or how they prepare and cook the perfect venison.

Mid Range Dining

Crescent Restaurant & Bar - 2 Margarets Buildings, Bath, BA1 2LP

Located in one of the side streets of Bath, just a short distance away from the Royal Crescent, this restaurant services a fresh all day menu. The restaurant offers a regularly changing specials menu all with ingredients locally sourced. So whether it is a breakfast, lunch or tapas and a cocktail after work, this restaurant will have something for everyone.

The Circus Restaurant - 34 Brock Street, Bath, BA1 2LN

This family run restaurant offers seasonal, locally sourced food at sensible and honest prices. Located between The Circus and The Royal Crescent it is located in one of Bath’s Georgian Houses.The wine list contains wines which are chosen from individual and family growers.

The Hive - 16 Argyle Street, Bathwick, Bath, BA2 4BQ 

Set over three floors with a lounge bar on the first floor and the restaurant on the ground floor overlooking the Pulteney Weir. The Head Chef takes traditional European dishes and puts his own unique stamp on them using fresh locally sourced ingredients and cultural influences.

Dining on a budget

Taylor’s Bagels - 6 London Street, Bath, BA1 5BU

Located in the heart of Bath, you will discover this charming bagel shop. They take pride in making their bagels fresh on site every day and each bagel is made using the freshest ingredients and to order.

The Good Bear Cafe - 7 Hayes Place Bear Flat, Bath, BA2 4QW

You will find locally sourced fresh and tasty food, from there home-made cakes to the daily specials and even an English breakfast with a Sardinian twist. The cafe walls regularly display works from local artists and the cafe is also dog friendly.

Juno Bar & Kitchen - 4 Philip Street, Southgate Shopping Centre, Bath, BA1 1AU

Spread over two floors, with a mixture of booth seating and bar stools, Juno is a place which combines comfort food  with great beer and cocktails. The food menu offers a mix of Pizza,, burgers along with loaded fries. While their drinks menu offers a range of cocktails, spirits and cans of craft beer.

Cheap Train Tickets to Bath

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Sports and Leisure

Bath is a city full of sporting activities and adventures, from hot air ballooning to walking and cycling. Whether you want to take part or just spectate, there's plenty to get involved in.

Bath has a sporting heritage with Bath Rugby Club playing at the famous Recreation Ground, only a 5-minute walk from the Roman Baths and easy walking distance to car parks.

Experience the excitement and thrill of horse racing at Bath Racecourse, located between Bristol and Bath, with a busy calendar of 22 racing fixtures running from April to October.

If you prefer walking to cycling, there are plenty of routes to enjoy, including the unique Two Tunnels route along a disused railway line, offering views of Bath’s Georgian Crescents.

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Overnight stay or a weekend away in Bath

Extend your stay in Bath and explore surrounding areas, such as Bristol and further afield in Somerset. Accommodations are available in the city center for various budgets, providing an ideal base for your exploration.

Ready to book your stay? Click here to explore the variety of accommodations for an overnight break. 

You’ll of course want to work out how to travel there and back, and we would very much recommend travelling by train. For the best-value train tickets, don’t forget to use our website, and please do get in touch if you have any questions. We’re on hand to assist you with any queries you may have.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I book Cheap Train Tickets to Bath?

You can find the cheapest train tickets to Bath by booking in advance and considering split ticket options. Websites like Trainsplit offer tools to help you find the best deals.

What's the most cost-effective way to travel to Bath?

The most economical way to travel to Bath is by booking cheap Advance Tickets  and exploring split ticketing options, which can significantly reduce your travel expenses.

When should I book my train tickets to Bath for the best prices?

To secure the cheapest train tickets to Bath, it's advisable to book well in advance, as fares tend to increase closer to the travel date. Additionally, consider exploring split ticketing options for additional savings.

Can I save money by splitting my train tickets when travelling to Bath?

Yes, splitting your train tickets to Bath can often result in significant cost savings compared to purchasing a single through ticket. Services like Trainsplit can help you find the most advantageous split ticket combinations.

Are there any discounts available for frequent train travellers to Bath?

Consider purchasing a digital railcard that offers discounts for frequent train travellers to Bath and other destinations. A railcard can provide significant savings on train tickets, especially when combined with strategies such as split ticketing, to ensure you get the cheapest possible fares for your journeys. Whether you're commuting regularly or planning occasional trips, a railcard is a valuable investment that can help you maximise your savings on train travel to Bath and beyond.

Is it cheaper to book train tickets to Bath online or at the station?

When looking to secure cheap train tickets to Bath, booking online in advance typically provides the most cost-effective fares. Using train ticket booking platforms like Trainsplit can also help in finding split ticket options, further reducing your travel expenses. 

Remember, if you have any questions about train travel or need assistance, feel free to reach out to our team. We're here to help you plan a memorable journey.

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