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Train Travel in Bristol

Bristol has two main rail stations, the small Parkway Railway Station [map] located at Stoke Gifford, and the main Temple Meads Station [map], which can be found at Temple Way.

The grand Temple Meads station was built in 1841 and designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (who was also responsible for the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain, as well as several other monuments around the city). And today it is an intergral part of the transport links for Bristol. The station is just a ten minute walk from the city centre and is served by many buses. It also has a taxi rank outside the main entrance.

The station is well equipped with facilities including food outlets, a newsagent, public phones, public toilets, cash points as well as the ticket office. The ticket office is open 5:00am-9:30pm Monday-Friday and 6.45am-9.30pm at the weekends for immediate travel, and there’s also an office for European train travel and advance bookings, as well as two information points.

From here you can catch a train that will help you get to any other station in the country, as well as many of Bristol’s inter-city stops. Trains that run from this station are operated by Virgin, Wales and West Passenger Trains and First Great Western Trains, check below for details.

Train Company Telephone Website
National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50 www.nationalrail.co.uk
First Great Western Trains 0845 6000 880 www.walesandwest.co.uk
Wales and West Passenger Trains 08457 000 125 www.great-western-trains.co.uk
Virgin trains 0870 789 1234 www.virgintrains.co.uk

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