You have to get a bus from Bristol Airport into Bristol, but then it is fastest and most convenient to take the train from Bristol Temple Meads station (where the Bristol Flyer drops you off) to Bath. The bus stop is next to the airport car park, which is easily accessible from the terminal building. Catch a 331 or 330 bus that runs every 15 minutes to Marlborough bus station in Bristol (it takes around 30 minutes and costs 7 GBP one-way). You can buy your ticket onboard the bus. First/Badgerline X39 or 339 buses from Marlborough Street Bus Station to Bath and they depart approximately every 15 minutes. The first bus leaves at 06:00 and the last one is at 00:55. The journey time to Bath is 45-60 minutes. For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Bath see our guide to Bath Bus Station.
After booking online, you will be issued with an e-ticket, which you need to print out and take with you, or an m-ticket, which is sent to your mobile phone. If you buy a ticket for a specific bus time, the ticket is normally honoured for 24 hours from your original departure time should you be delayed.
Take the Bristol Flyer express coach from Bristol airport to Bristol Temple Meads station. They run every 15 minutes at peak hours. It takes around 30 minutes and costs 7 GBP one-way. There are 4 direct trains an hour from Bristol Temple Meads Station to Bath and the journey takes about 10-15 minutes. A standard single ticket is 5.80 GBP, or you can buy an off peak return for about 14.20 GBP. For more detailed information, including maps, national and trains from Bath see our guide to Bath Train Station.
You get the best fares by booking up to three months in advance. You can buy your tickets online, at the station ticket counter, or from the ticket machines. If you book online you will need to collect your tickets from the ticket machine using the same credit card you used to book your tickets online.
If you decide you would like to spend a little longer in Bath to soak up the atmosphere and visit a few more attractions why not check out some of the Bath Hotel Deals and see if anything takes your fancy?
Royal Bath and West Show
(Thu 30th May, 2013)
Livestock and country show with over 600 stands. Features national cheese and cider awards. Good family fun.
(Sat 27th Jul, 2013)
World of Music and Dance festival returns for the 4th consecutive year in the beautiful grounds of Charlton Park.
Festival of Horse Eventing
(Fri 02nd Aug, 2013)
This fabulous event takes place at Gatcombe Park, home of the Princess Royal and her family and incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships.