Travelling to Bristol
The University is easy to reach from most areas of the country, situated close to the M4 and M5 motorways. Intercity trains provide frequent services to Gloucester, Bath and Swindon, and to London, Birmingham and other parts of the country.
Bristol Parkway station is very convenient for the University's Frenchay Campus. London is just 90 minutes from Bristol by train. Travel by coach is easy too, with an extensive network of routes. Bristol Airport, at Lulsgate, has direct flights to many UK and European cities.
Travelling to Bristol from:
The National Express coach service from Heathrow bus station direct to Bristol takes about two hours. It will cost around £28 for a return ticket or £26.50 for a single. You can buy tickets from the National Express office at the terminal or in advance on the National Express website.
The first National Express coach leaves Heathrow at 07:20 hours, and arrives at Bristol Marlborough Street Bus and Coach Station at 09:20. The last National Express coach leaves Heathrow at 01:20 and arrives at Bristol Bus Station at 03:20.
The Heathrow Express will take you to Paddington train station
where you can get a train to Bristol Temple Meads station.
Alternatively, the journey by Railair Link consists of a one-hour coach journey to Reading train station, followed by a one-hour train journey to Bristol Temple Meads. It costs approximately £30.
Before boarding the coach, you must have a ticket which you can buy from the rail ticket desk in the arrival hall at each of the terminals at Heathrow. See the National Rail journey planner for more details.
The coach service from Gatwick Airport Bus station (South terminal) goes direct to Bristol, and takes around 3 hours 20mins. It will cost approximately £35 for a return journey, £30 for a single.
The first coach leaves Gatwick at 06:00 and arrives at Bristol Marlborough Street Bus and Coach Station at 09:20. The last coach leaves Gatwick at 23:59 and arrives in Bristol at 03:20. Please note that there are no connections to Bristol from Gatwick during the night. You can buy tickets from the National Express office at the terminal or in advance on the National Express website.
A frequent train service operates from Gatwick to Reading Station, from where another train journey will take you to Bristol. From Gatwick to Bristol takes about three hours.
The Bristol International Flyer bus service runs at 15 minute intervals between the airport, Temple Meads train station, and Bristol Marlborough Street Bus and Coach Station. A single adult ticket costs £6 and a return costs £9. A taxi from Bristol International Airport to Bristol City Centre costs approximately £15. For more information, see the Bristol International Airport website.
There is an hourly service to Bristol from London Victoria Coach Station. A single ticket cost approximately £13, a return costs £19.50. It takes 2 hours 30 minutes. To find more information and to book coach tickets see the National Express website.
There are regular train services to Bristol from London Paddington train station, and the journey takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. There are two railway stations in Bristol, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. Bristol Temple Meads is about 10 minutes walk from the City Centre.
Bristol Parkway is 4 miles north east of the city centre and is the nearest station to the UWE Frenchay campus. Please see the campus maps to get more detailed information on how to get here from the main bus and train stations. Train tickets vary in price depending on how far in advance you book them.
If you are aged between 16 and 25, you can purchase a Young Person's Coach card or a Young Person's Rail card, which will give you up to 30% off the cost of most coach and train journeys in the UK. A card for one year costs £9 and is available to buy at most coach and railway stations. Transport Direct helps you to plan your journey in the UK.