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Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £12.60
  2. 30 day advance £20.60
  3. 7 day advance £25.00
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  1. Taking the train from London to Bristol is very easy. Almost all travellers opt for the route from London Paddington, from where Great Western Railway (GWR) offer fast, frequent trains directly to Bristol.

    The journey from London Paddington to Bristol affords views of some very attractive areas of southern England. Most trains follow the route via Swindon and Bath, so you’ll get to see the Thames Valley and the Berkshire Downs along the way. Occasional GWR services take alternative routes, travelling either via the Kennet Valley railway or via Bristol Parkway to reach Bristol Temple Meads.

    Bookings for this journey typically open 10 to 12 weeks in advance of travel. There are some reasonably good ticket deals on this route, provided you are willing to opt for off-peak trains and can book a month or two prior to travel.

    An alternative route from London Waterloo to Bristol Temple Meads is offered by South West Trains; it does take in some fine scenery on the stretch between Salisbury and Bath, but it takes an hour longer than the Great Western route from Paddington.


    London to Bristol

    The fast trains from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads take between 1 hr 40 mins and 1 hr 50 mins for the 190-km journey. Most of these services make four or five intermediate stops. This is actually a very pleasant ride. Watch out for Windsor Castle on the left as your train speeds west from London. Further west you may catch a glimpse of the Uffington White Horse as the train skirts the Berkshire Downs. Later, you’ll get fine views of Bath as the train cruises down the Avon Valley towards Bristol.

    The diesel trains on this journey are HSTs. They may not be the youngest, but they are extremely comfortable with large windows - perfect for sightseeing on a route which has some great scenery.

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