Travel to Bath
Heathrow Terminals T1, T2 and T3 to Bath
- I normally take the Railair bus from Heathrow's Central Bus Station to Reading, and then the train to Bath Spa.
In principle, one could buy one ticket for the entire journey from First Great Western
but then one needs to collect the ticket at Heathrow, and clever people have failed
to achieve that. I suggest to book the tickets for the bus and the train separately, using the links above. In Heathrow, the bus leaves from the Central Bus Station.
You will need to have the credit card used for the booking to collect the train ticket
at Reading. You also need the train ticket at the ticket barrier when leaving Bath Spa
- Alternatively, one can use the National Express coach,
(Heathrow T1 or T3, which is the Central Bus Station, to Bath Spa), but normally
the option above is faster. The coach leaves from the Central Bus Station.
- Train web-sites tend to suggest to go from Heathrow via
London Paddington and then to Bath Spa. This is possible but normally expensive
and a detour; personally, I never take this route that but it's an option.
Heathrow Terminals T4 and T5 to Bath
If you arrive at Terminals
T4 or T5, then the instructions for Terminals T1 - T3 apply except that the buses will leave from Terminal T5; there is a shuttle from Terminal
T4 to T5.
Bristol Airport to Bath
The A4 Bristol Airport Service
goes from the Airport to the Bath Bus Station in Dorchester Street (bottom right in the city map
). Some of these buses are very environmentally friendly, and the seats are more comfortable than the picture
suggests. Also, there is a
taxi rank at the airport.
Within Bath to the University
In town, buses commute from the station via Bathwick Hill (close
to the Ayrlington
, Pulteney House
and Apple Tree Guest House
) to the uni. The destination 'University of
Bath' is correct, 'Bath Spa University' is another university at
the opposite end of town.
- From the Ayrlington, the bus stop next to the church Bathwick St. Mary going uphill is about a minute away.
- From Pulteney House, turn right and follow Pulteney Road to the
next roundabout. The bus stop is on Bathwick hill, next to the church Bathwick St. Mary (Google map).
- From the Apple Tree Guesthouse, walk along Pultney Gardens toward Pultney Road and then turn right. Carry on walking until you reach a roundabout. The bus stop is on Bathwick hill, next to the church Bathwick St. Mary (Google map).
There are three bus companies serving the uni:
- FIRST buses with numbers 18, 418 (called Orange Bus which means
they are normally orange but sometimes white),
- U18 buses, called Blue buses and
unimaginatively coloured blue,
- Yellow buses 18b.
At the station, buses to the uni leave opposite the Bath Bus
station, marked red on the city map
The University is the final destination; this is the orange dot
on this campus map
next to the blue path. Almost
everyone will walk up the stairs there, and along the Parade.
I am in 6W 1.8 (green dot) next to the main maths building is 4W.
The blue path shows the way from the bus stop (one hast to go down one
level in Wessex House). Alternatively, and slightly faster, is it to exit at the top of
Bathwick Hill (orange dot next to the red path; many people will
leave the bus there) and follow the red path.