Details of how to get from London to Bath by train, bus and car. Use these information resources to plan your journey.
London to Bath by Train
First Great Western runs trains from London Paddington Station to historic Bath Spa Station every half hour. The journey takes 1 1/2 hours and in 2013 cost from £28.50, round trip, when purchased in advance as two one-way (single) off-peak tickets. It is one of the oddities of the UK rail services that a pair of single tickets is often substantially cheaper than a round trip (return) ticket for the same journey at the same time. So when you buy your tickets, even if you intend to buy fares for a round trip, ask at the ticket booth, or check National Rail Enquiries to see if you can save by buying singles.
- Read More About Train Travel in the UK
- Plan a Trip with The National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner
- Book Train Tickets for the UK
London to Bath by Bus
National Express Coaches from London to Bath take about 2hrs 20min and cost from £7 to about £25 each way depending upon how far in advance you buy your tickets. Generally, there are a limited number of cheaper tickets for every trip which, naturally, are sold out first. Buses travel between Victoria Coach Station in London and Bath Spa Bus and Coach Station every hour and a half.
Bus tickets can be purchased online. There is usually a 50 pence booking fee. National Express also operate Heathrow to Bath bus services.
London to Bath by Car
Bath is 115 miles directly west of London. Depending upon the traffic, it can take anywhere from two and a half to three and a half hours to drive, primarily on the M4 motorway.
Keep in mind that gasoline, called petrol in the UK, is sold by the liter (a little more than a quart) and the price is usually more than $2 a quart. Parking in Bath may also be expensive.
- Use the Automobile Association Route Planner to map a route with suggested stopovers and gasoline stations.
- Check Daily Petrol (Gasoline)Prices
- Compare Car Rental Rates in the UK
Travelers Tip: The route between London and Bath is also one of London's major commuter routes and the main road from Heathrow Airport to London. Traffic jams that are virtual stand stills can happen at any time of day. Although Bath can be a lovely day trip if you are planning to travel by train or coach, it can be a nightmare if you are driving. And, to be honest, Bath is really worth more than a day trip. There is so much to see there and so many different things to do. If you like or prefer driving, why not make Bath part of a West of London itinerary that takes in some of the Cotswolds, historic houses, castles and famous landmarks as well.