Travel from Manchester to Bristol in style with CrossCountry. Take advantage of Advance tickets even on the day, up until 15 minutes before departure.
The journey from Manchester to Bristol has never been more comfortable than with CrossCountry. Travel down the west flank of the country enjoying views of the Peak District and the Cotswolds on the way, as well as passing through Birmingham, Worcester, Cheltenham and Gloucester. The train takes you directly from Manchester Piccadilly through to Bristol Temple Meads station.
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Travelling to Bristol
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Travelling from Manchester to Bristol
Discover the city of Bristol for yourself with CrossCountry. Travelling from Manchester to Bristol couldn’t be easier – whether you stay for a day, a weekend or a week is up to you. While you’re there, why not uncover the rising craft beer scene or sample some local ciders? Alternatively, there are lots of child-friendly activities available to explore as well.
Are there direct trains from Manchester to Bristol?
Direct trains are available on the CrossCountry Network from Manchester to Bristol. You can also connect at Birmingham.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Manchester to Bristol?
When travelling from Manchester to Bristol, you’ll have all the amenities you would expect on a CrossCountry train. Enjoy luggage storage space, charge points and a range of seating options, including table groupings. There will also be an at-seat service offering a variety of light refreshments. Why not reserve a seat in our First Class carriage and treat yourself to an even more enjoyable experience?
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 throughout the station, ramps for train access and accessible ticket machines.
How far is the city centre?
Bristol Temple Meads station is a stone’s throw from the city centre, and regular buses link the station with all of the major attractions the city has to offer.
Does the station have family areas?
Bristol Temple Meads has a variety of amenities available for families traveling, including a comfortable waiting room, baby changing facilities and a range of cafes and eateries.
For further information about Bristol Temple Meads Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Bristol
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Bristol
Bristol Temple Meads is the perfect location for those who have an onwards journey. First UK buses offer an extensive local service connecting the city centre to neighbouring towns and villages. For those who prefer to travel more directly, there’s a taxi rank available at the station, or you could call one of the local taxi firms if you’d rather not wait.
Shopping in Bristol
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to shopping in Bristol. One of the best ways to find the perfect gifts, clothing or household items is to visit one of the many local markets that showcase homegrown talent. If you’re looking for something more mainstream, you’re also in luck. Cabot Circus is a modern shopping centre in the heart of Bristol Shopping Quarter, where you will find all your high street favourites as well as some top-end options.
Culture in Bristol
Despite its compact size, Bristol offers a startling variety of options for the culture-vulture. During the day, explore the city’s many museums, art galleries and performance spaces. If the weather is nice, spend time by the harbour or explore one of the city’s beautiful parks. In the evening, enjoy dinner at one of the city’s two Michelin-starred restaurants. As the night draws on, explore the nightlife; an amazing range of pubs, clubs and bars allows you to extend your night well into the wee hours. There’s never a shortage of things to do in this bustling city.
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