Travelling to Bristol
First CrossCountry train - 06:57
Last CrossCountry train - 06:57
Travelling from Cardiff to Bristol
Often cited as one of the best places to live in the UK, Bristol combines rich maritime heritage with a contemporary vibe. Straddling the River Avon, the city has long been an important harbour, attracting people from across the country and beyond. This mix has created a cultural and culinary hub that takes pride in its independence and eclecticism. Whether you’re looking to see some art, go shopping or enjoy a delicious meal, you’ll find something in Bristol.
Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Bristol?
Yes, CrossCountry trains can take you directly from Cardiff to Bristol in just under an hour.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Cardiff to Bristol?
On our service from Cardiff to Bristol, you can make the most of all CrossCountry has to offer. Enjoy seating choices, charge points and lots of luggage storage space. An at-seat service offering hot and cold drinks and light refreshments is also available. Upgrade to a First Class coach to enjoy even more comfortable service.
Does Bristol Temple Meads have step-free access?
Bristol Temple Meads Station is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. You’ll find step-free access, ramps to trains and accessible ticket machines throughout the station. Extra assistance reaching platforms is available for customers who need it.
How far is the city centre?
Bristol Temple Meads Station is connected to Bristol’s many attractions by bus, or take a short stroll through the city’s pleasant streets.
For more information about Bristol Temple Meads Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Bristol
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Bristol
Well-connected by public transport, Bristol Temple Meads is a convenient place to start your visit to the area. Regular buses service the station, connecting the station with the wider city and its surrounding area. There is also a taxi rank available at the station. If you want to pre-book a taxi, just call one of the local taxi firms.
Shopping in Bristol
Bristol is known as a regional shopping hub. Alongside all the usual high street favourites, the city offers a great selection of independent shops, local designers and vintage stores.
Wapping Wharf should be one of your first stops for excellent shopping and dining. A newly renovated hub of businesses on the historic harbourside, it features converted shipping containers with independent stores and restaurants. For high-end names, head to Clifton Village. If you want a truly unique shopping experience, check out the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, with its narrow 17th century lanes, or St. James’ Arcade, a Grade II listed Victorian shopping arcade.
Culture in Bristol
Culture vultures will love Bristol. Whether you’re into art, history or theatre, there’s so much to see here. Art lovers can visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, which houses a stunning collection of art as well as historical artefacts and archaeology. Bristol is also the hometown of world-famous street artist Banksy, so keep a look out for many of his original pieces throughout the city streets.
For history buffs, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is perfect for learning about another famous Bristolian: the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Also check out M Shed, a 1950s transit shed that’s been transformed into a museum celebrating over 2000 years of Bristol history. If you prefer contemporary culture, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic Theatre and the Tobacco Factory Theatre each offer great shows. For nightlife, head to King Street for microbreweries and jazz or Park Street for crazy late-night clubs.
Visiting in summer? Don’t miss the annual Bristol Harbour Festival featuring ship displays and musical performances.
Staying in Bristol?
Before you catch the train from Cardiff to Bristol, read our handy Guide to Bristol to help you to plan a memorable journey.