The most convenient airport for Bath is Bristol airport, which is 45 minutes by taxi. There are direct flights to Bristol from
many European cities on Air France, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Ryanair and EasyJet. If you cannot get a direct flight,
you can make a connection via Amsterdam, Paris or Brussels. If you decide to fly to London, you should get a direct
flight to Heathrow airport. Heathrow is about 2 hours from Bath and can be reached easily by car, train or coach.
We do not advise travelling to Gatwick, Stansted or Luton, as travelling to and from these airports involves a longer
and complicated journey.
If you are travelling to Bath by car, take the M4 west to Junction 18. Click here to find a road map and directions
from the M4 motorway to LTS.
Travel from Bristol Airport (the nearest airport to Bath)
Most participants arrive at Bristol Airport. There are direct flights to Bristol from Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice,
Bergerac, La Rochelle, Marseille, Grenoble, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, hannover, Frankfurt,
Geneva, Zurich, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Alicante, Murcia, Gerona, Rome, Venice, Pisa, Bergamo, Prague,
Budapest, Faro, Lisbon, Madeira, Porto, Riga, Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Katowice, Bratislava,
Innsbruck, Salzburg and many others.
The most convenient transport from Bristol Airport to Bath is by taxi. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes and
costs £60 (or 70 euros) one way, using the LTS recommended chauffeuring service. The advantage of our pre-booked
chauffeur service is that it is very reliable and the drivers know Bath very well. If we have booked our chauffeuring
service to meet you and you miss your flight or have another delay, please contact the chauffeuring service
to inform them, otherwise you may be charged for the extra waiting time.
There is also a taxi service at Bristol Airport which you can use on your arrival, but you may have to wait for a car to be free.
It is best to book it in advance on http://www.checkercars.com.
There is now a new, direct bus service between Bristol Airport and Bath. the bus leaves the airport at 30 minutes past the
hour all day from 04.30 till 23.30. the journey time is 75 minutes. A single ticket is £11 and a return is £17. The return t
imes from Bath to Bristol Airport are every hour on the hour from 03.00 till 22.00. Buses depart from Dorchester Street,
beside the bus station. (see www.bathbuscompany.com)
You can also take the airport shuttle bus to Bristol railway station (Temple Meads) and then the train to Bath (Bath Spa). A
one-way ticket for the airport shuttle bus costs about £6 and the train from Bristol to Bath Spa is also about £6. There are
always taxis waiting outside Bath Spa railway station to take you to your hotel/ host family. Depending on where your hotel or
host family is located, the cost of a local taxi is normally £5 or £6.
For more information, please see:
(airport express) and www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk (trains).
Car Hire from Bristol Airport
There are six car hire companies located at Bristol International. The car hire office is situated next to the short-term car park
opposite the terminal building. For further information please see http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/at-the-airport/car-hire.aspx
Travel from Central London/ City Airport
All trains to Bath leave from Paddington Station. If you are connecting from another railway station (e.g. St. Pancras or
Victoria Station), take the underground. Paddington Station is on the Circle Line, District Line, Bakerloo Line and
Hammersmith & City Line. From London City Airport take the DLR (Docks Light Railways) to Canning Town,
then the Jubilee line to Baker Street and then the Bakerloo line to Paddington Station.
The journey time from Paddington Station to Bath is 90 minutes. Please note that Bath railway station is called
Bath Spa. Departures from Paddington on Sunday are approximately every hour. On other days they are every
30 minutes, except after 19.00. For more information and for an up-to-date timetable, please see
Travel from Heathrow Airport to Bath by Rail/ Air Link Coach
A special Rail/Air Link Coach to Reading Station leaves Heathrow Central Bus Station, beginning at 06:45 and then
every 20 minutes until 23:15. Follow signs marked Rail/Air Link to Reading. Do not take the Airbus to London as this
is in the opposite direction! Passengers arriving at Terminal 4 need to get an airport shuttle bus or the Heathrow Express
to the Central Bus Station to pick up the coach to Reading. Passengers arriving at or Terminal 5 can catch the coach
outside the terminal. Follow the signs for coaches and busses. For more information and up-to-date timetables, please
Journey time from Heathrow to Reading is about 45 - 60 minutes. You should allow 10 minutes to transfer to your train
after the arrival of the coach. Total journey time Heathrow - Bath is between 2 hours and 2.5 hours, depending on connections.
A return ticket costs about £48, depending when you travel. If you book 7 days in advance, the cost may be lower. For fares
nd times, please see www.firstgreatwestern.com.
Travel from Heathrow to Bath by National Express coach
National Express coaches run from Heathrow Central Bus Station (opposite Terminals 1 and 3) to Bath. The journey takes
about 2.5 hours. A single ticket costs around £21 and a return ticket costs about £28. For an up-to-date timetable, fares
and on-line booking, see www.nationalexpress.co.uk.
Car Hire from Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow Airport provides car hire facilities at each of the terminals. Courtesy buses provided by the car hire
companies operate from each of the terminals. For further information please see
Travel from Heathrow to Bath by chauffeur
The cost of a pre-booked chauffeuring service from Heathrow to Bath is £150. We can book that service for you on request.
The journey takes about 90 minutes depending on traffic.
Travel by Eurostar
Trains from Paris/Brussels to London (Kings Cross) St. Pancras International run daily, at regular intervals and the journey
takes 2 hours 40 minutes. From (Kings Cross) St. Pancras, take the underground (Hammershmith & City line) to Paddington
Station (allow 30 mins) and take a direct train to Bath. For further information, see "travel from Central London" and for an
up-to-date timetable and fares see www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk.
Travel from Gatwick Airport
This is a longer journey than from Heathrow and involves a change of trains at Reading or London Victoria Station.
There is an hourly rail connection from Gatwick to Reading where you change trains to get the train to Bath. Alternatively,
you can take a train into Central London (Victoria Station) from where you need to take the underground to Paddington
Station and then a train to Bath. The quickest journey time is about 2 hours 30 minutes, but can be much longer. Also see
'Travelling from Central London' and www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk for an up-to-date timetable and fares.
The cost of a pre-booked chauffeuring service from Gatwick to Bath is £200. We can book that service for you on request.
The journey takes about two hours depending on traffic.
Car Hire from Gatwick Airport
For information about car hire at Gatwick airport, see http://www.gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/car-hire/
Travel from Stansted Airport
This is a longer journey than from Heathrow Airport or Gatwick, and involves travelling through Central London.
You need to take the Stansted Express into London. The average journey time on the Stansted Express from Stansted
Airport to Central London (Liverpool Station) is 46 minutes. For more information on the Stansted Express, fares and
an up-to-date timetable, see www.stanstedexpress.com.
From Liverpool Station, take the underground (Hammersmith & City Line) to Paddington Station. Allow approx.
30 minutes for that. From Paddington Station, take a train to Bath. This will take about 90 minutes. Also see
'Travelling from Central London' and www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk for an up-to-date timetable and fares.
The complete journey time form Stansted Airport to Bath takes approx. 3 hrs 30 minutes, but could be longer,
depending on waiting times and connections.
The cost of a pre-booked chauffeuring service from Stansted to Bath is £260. We can book that service for you on
request. The journey takes about three hours depending on traffic.
Travel from Luton Airport
This is a longer journey than from Heathrow Airport and involves travelling through Central London. You need to
take a local train from Luton railway station into Central London (Kings Cross St. Pancras or Farringdon). From
Kings Cross St. Pancras (or Farringdon), take the underground (Hammer-smith & City Line) to Paddington Station.
Allow approx. 30 minutes for that. From Paddington Station, take a train to Bath. This will take about 90 minutes.
Also see 'Travelling from Central London' and www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk for an up-to-date timetable and fares.
If you require a taxi from Luton Airport to Bath the cost of our pre-booked chauffeuring service (one way) will be £260.
The complete journey time form Luton Airport to Bath takes approx. 3 hrs 30 minutes, but could be longer,
epending on waiting times and connections.
Travel from Portsmouth and Plymouth, connecting with boats from Cherbourg, Roscoff and Caen
There are regular train services to Bath Spa. The journey takes about 2 hours. See http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/
for an up-to-date timetable and fares.
Travelling by car
Leave the M4 at junction 18 signposted A46 Bath. Take this road for about 2 miles, going past the entrance to
Dyrham Park (National Trust). Soon after this, there is a right turn indicated but with no name. There is a right hand
turning lane in the middle of the road at the top of a small incline. Turn right here and proceed on this small country
road till you reach a large road (A420 Chippenham - Bristol). Turn right and then immediately left, and continue on
another small country road. After going down and then up a steep hill, you will join a bigger road by turning left onto it.
Continue up the steep hill and then you will reach a high plateau. Continue on this fairly straight road which leads directly
to Bath. As you enter the outskirts of Bath, you will go down a steep hill. This is Lansdown Road. At the bottom of this
long hill turn right and continue down the hill. This is still Lansdown Road. You can ook for a parking space in the road
beside the Lansdown Grove Hotel, where you can park free for 3 hours. Alternatively, there is pay and display parking
opposite. If you park near the hotel, walk down the hill, passing a small row of shops on your left. On the right hand side of the
road, the pavement is raised well above road level. This is Belvedere. LTS is two thirds of the way down Belvedere,
on the right. Our front door is in a narrow passage called Nicholl's Place.