Train Travel

Bristol Temple MeadsBristol is the regional capital of the South West and has good intercity rail connections. It has two major train stations, Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway. It also has eleven suburban rail stations serving Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road, Montpelier, Redland, Clifton Down, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Avonmouth, Bedminster, Parson Street and Filton Abbey Wood.

Plan your journey and buy your train tickets through the National Rail web site. You can plan your journey to and from the train station using  the journey planner on the Travelwest web site .

Please note: if you are travelling on University business, please visit MyERP - Purchasing - booking travel ( before booking.

Making Rail Travel Affordable

Interest Free Loan for Season Train Ticket

Would you like to apply for an interest free loan to help with the purchase of a train season ticket?  Please see our interest free loan section.

Reducing the Cost of Your Train Journey

Pay less by splitting your rail ticket. What's split ticketing? Split ticketing means purchasing two tickets for different parts of a journey, instead of the whole journey. It's often far cheaper. It is completely within the train operating companies' terms and conditions.

Some other handy tips on how to save on rail fares.

16-25 Railcard

The 16-25 Railcard is available for anyone aged 16-25, or over 25 and in full-time study. You pay a one-off fee and it enables a 1/3 off Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, and First Class Advance rail fares. Mature students applying for the card require their application form to be signed by a University of Bristol staff member, such as their Faculty Administrator or their personal tutor, who can confirm their full-time student status. 

Here to Help

If you would like some assistance in reading train timetables please contact the University's Transport team.