Travelling to Bristol
First CrossCountry train - 05:23
Last CrossCountry train - 18:23
Travelling from Plymouth to Bristol
Enveloped in the hills of South West England, Bristol combines rich maritime heritage with a contemporary vibe and has recently been voted as the best place to live in the UK. Fiercely independent and straddling the River Avon, Bristol offers visitors everything from shops and restaurants to museums and outdoor activities. Wander through the Old City to soak up the Georgian history, or have a tasty meal and crawl the pubs and bars that dot this enticing city.
Are there direct trains from Plymouth to Bristol?
Yes, CrossCountry trains will take you directly from Plymouth to Bristol in approximately 2 hours.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Plymouth to Bristol?
As you would expect from a CrossCountry service, all our trains offer a full range of amenities to ensure your journey is as comfortable as can be. There is a choice of seating options, with optional group bookings and table seats, charge points for your devices and space to store your luggage. An at-seat service offering drinks and light refreshments will be on offer, so no need to go hungry. For even more comfort, we recommend booking a First Class ticket.
Does Bristol have step-free access?
The whole of Bristol Temple Meads Station has step-free access to suit people with a wide range of mobility needs. There are ramps for train access and accessible ticket machines. Staff are also on hand to help passengers get to and from the platforms, if required.
How far is the city centre?
Bristol Temple Meads Station is about a 10-minute walk to the city centre, making it easily accessible.
Does the station have family areas?
Families visiting Bristol Temple Meads Station will find dedicated baby changing areas and waiting rooms. Refreshment facilities are available to grab something to eat before you depart.
For further information about Bristol Temple Meads Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Bristol
Onward travel: Taxis & Buses in Bristol
From the forecourt, you can get a bus or a taxi for your onward journey. To get to the forecourt, exit left out of the main doors. Bus services operate from here and on the main road at Temple Gate. This is situated at the bottom of Station Approach Road. Also located at the station forecourt is a taxi rank which provides accessible taxis, if required.
Shopping in Bristol
Known as the shopping district of the South West, you’ll have lots of options when shopping in Bristol. You should be able to find what you’re looking for at Bristol Shopping Quarter, which holds 500 shops, restaurants, cafés and attractions. For something a little different, why not step back in time as you explore St. James’ Arcade, a Grade II listed Victorian shopping arcade, brimming with boutique shops and cafés. For more local, independent shops, visit Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft where you’re sure to get your vintage fix.
Culture in Bristol
The city of Bristol has a thriving culture, paved by its rich maritime history. Explore the historic Bristol docks and take a look in the M-Shed, an unusual (and free) museum that documents Bristol’s story via film, photographs, personal stories and objects. For a magnificent view over the whole city, head away from the harbourside up Park Street and climb the steps to the top of Cabot Tower. You will be rewarded with spectacular views over the city and harbour. Bristol is home to world-famous artist Banksy so keep your eyes peeled as you explore the city; a number of Banksy’s original pieces are located throughout. If you’re visiting with the kids, take them to Bristol Zoo Gardens, where they can marvel at the animals, play in the gardens and enjoy several other attractions.
Spending time in Bristol?
Whether you’re planning to spend the day, a long weekend or a whole week in Bristol, have a look at our Guide to Bristol to help you plan the perfect trip.