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Sightseeing by open top bus in Bath
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Sightseeing by open top bus at The Circus in Bath
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National Express Coaches for travelling the UK and Europe
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Bath Spa Railway Station on Manvers Street, Bath

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Transport and Travel in and to Bath Spa

The information presented on this page is a guide to getting to Bath and travelling within the city.

The city centre is divided into 3 zones - northern, central and southern - each with their own access points, which will allow all vehicles to access specific areas of the city centre, but prevent through traffic. Access to all parts of the city centre will be maintained at all times.

The central area of Bath, with most of its attractions, parks and shopping, is relatively compact and is fairly flat and easy to walk. A moderately fit person should be able to walk from the Railway Station at the south to the Royal Crescent at the north in less than twenty minutes.

As you can imagine this World Heritage City is a very popular tourist destination and traffic within the city especially during summer is congested. If you are travelling by car we recommend that you use the Park & Ride facilities if possible.

TRANSPORT SERVICES

City Sightseeing Tours

Open-Top Bus Tour of Central Bath and the surrounding area
Website;  tel . +44 (0)1708 866000
Start Point: Bath Abbey
Duration: City Tour: 45 - 50 minutes
Skyline Tour: 30-60 minutes
Frequency: City Tour: 6 - 15 minutes Summer, 20 - 30 minutes Winter
Skyline Tour: 20 minutes Summer, 60 minutes Winter
Season: All year round excluding 1 Jan and 25/26 Dec 2010
Ticket Validity: 24 hours
Commentary: English Live Guide plus pre-recorded
Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese &
Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin and Polish.

National Coaches

For travel to Bath from other areas of the UK including London (Victoria Coach Station) use National Express - website.

National Express provide good value coach travel linking all major towns and cities in Europe. Frequent services run from London Victoria coach station, London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport to Bath bus station.

The Bath Tourist Information Centre is the local agent for National Express Coaches. You can buy tickets in person by visiting the Tourist Information Centre or over the telephone on 0844 847 5256.

Local Buses

Bath Bus Station is located on Manvers Street, Bath.
Call the Traveline for details of all bus services in the Bath & North East Somerset area -
01179 555111. Open 8am-8pm daily.
The main bus company in Bath (for local buses) is First Group see their website for time tables.

Trains

Bath Spa Station located at Manvers Street, Bath.
Bath Spa station is on the London to Bristol Temple Meads main line and the Southampton and Portsmouth to South Wales line.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484950.
For up-to-date Online Rail Timetables use Railtrack.
At TheTrainLine.com you can plan your journey and buy tickets.

Taxis

Ranks at Bath Spa Railway Station, Orange Grove, Milsom Street and New Orchard Street.
Abbey Radio Taxis. Tel: 01179 444446.
Orange Grove Taxis. Tel: 01179 447777
Rainbow Taxis. Tel: 01179 460606

Airport

The nearest airport to Bath is Bristol International Airport. Both London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport have connections to Reading railway station from which there are regular trains to Bath. Bristol International Airport. Tel: 0871 334 4444 (General Enquiries).

Cycle Hire

Bath & Dundas Canal Co. - Brassknocker Basin, Monkton Combe, Bath, Avon, BA2 7JD
Tel: 01225 722292, E-mail: enquiries@bathcanal.com

Hire a bicycle from the Brassknocker Basin, and explore the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath between Bath and Bradford on Avon. The beautiful Limpley Stoke valley is an ideal way to explore and observe the abundant wildlife along the canal.

Situated just 5 miles south east of Bath on the A36, Brassknocker Basin has a car park, café and restaurant, historic canal display, railway and canal gift shop, chandlery boat hire and wonderful views.

Car Parking

City centre car parks are well signposted and identified as long or short stay.

Car parks are in Avon Street, Charlotte Street, Ham Gardens, Kingsmead Square, Manvers Street, the Sports Centre and Bath Cricket Club in North Parade Road, and Walcot Street.

Cars parked on city centre streets Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm must display a ticket available from some shops.

Coach Park

Riverside Coach Park, Avon Street.

Car Park and Ride

Park & Ride makes a lot of sense, it's easy to use, easy on your pocket, easy on the environment and helps tackle congestion in Bath.

Help keep Bath car free. Park your car free of charge at any of the four Park & Rides below.

Buses run every 10-15 minutes to and from the city centre, and journey time is around 10 minutes.

Newbridge Park & Ride - Located on the A4 Newbridge Road. As you approach Bath from Keynsham or Bristol, turn left at the A4/A36 junction on the western edge of the city. Mon to Sat - 06.15 to 20.30. Bus (service 21) from Westgate Buildings (B4).

University of Bath Park & Ride - Located west of Bath within the University Campus grounds. Please contact First Group on 0845 606 4446 for details.

Lansdown Park & Ride - Located on the Lansdown Road on the northern outskirts of the city. Mon to Sat - 06.15 to 20.30. Bus (service 31) from Queen Square (B3).

Odd Down Park & Ride - Located south of Bath on the A367 Fosse Way as you approach Bath from Radstock & Peasedown St John. Mon to Sat - 06.15 to 20.30. Bus (service 41) from St James's Parade.

Petrol

There are 24 hour filling stations at Walcot Service Station on London Road and Churchill Bridge Service Station on Lower Bristol Road.

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