There are plenty of ways to get to the city during Bath Christmas Market…
Bath Christmas Market is located in the city centre, only a short walk from Bath Spa train station and various car parks. Bath is a compact city, so festive shoppers are able to visit the Market and all other shops and attractions by foot.
When you’re here, make the most of your visit by stopping off at our Visitor Information Centre — our team will be happy to help.
Bath Spa train station is located in the centre of Bath, only a short walk from the Market and the city’s shops and attractions. There are regular train services direct from London Paddington and London Waterloo, with an average journey time of 90 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads is just 15 minutes away by train and is a major hub for travel to all other parts of the country. Regular train services run from Cardiff Central train station to Bath Spa, with an average journey time of around 65 minutes.
Book your train tickets with Great Western Railway now.
For coach travel directly to the market from various destinations across the UK, book your coach tickets with National Express now.
Bath is well served by three Park and Ride services that run seven days a week. The Park and Ride services takes just ten minutes to get to the centre of Bath.
During Bath Christmas Market, the Park and Ride will operate until 8:30pm on Mondays–Wednesdays, 10:15pm on Thursdays–Saturdays and 8pm on Sundays.
Three routes operate into the city:
• Service 21 – Newbridge (Postcode BA1 3NB)
• Service 31 – Lansdown (Postcode BA1 9BJ)
• Service 41 – Odd Down (Postcode BA2 8PA)
Returns cost just £3.10 at weekends and Bank Holidays and £3.60 Monday to Friday, with free parking. A special group ticket is available for £6.50 return allowing travel for two adults (Monday to Friday after 10am and all day at weekends/bank holidays). Up to five children travel free with a paying adult.
Several bus operators provide services in and around Bath. First West of England is the largest, operating from the bus station in Dorchester Street, by Bath Spa train station.
Travelling around Bath by bus is easy with a number of routes from the centre to the city’s outer areas. Money-saving deals on First bus services such as the Day Ticket offers unlimited travel in Bath Inner Zone for £4.50 adult, £3.20 for 16–21 year olds or students in full time education (proof of age such as photo ID or college/university photo ID is required to obtain the discount) and £2.30 for children aged five–15.
A group ticket, which is available after 9:30am on weekdays and all day at weekends, allows up to five adults or children to travel around Bath until 4:29am the next morning. Group tickets cost £9 on the bus, or £8.60 on the First Bus app.
Children under five travel free with a fare-paying adult or young person.
You can also purchase a BathRider ticket, a multi-operator ticket that gives you virtually unlimited travel on buses in the Bath urban area. BathRider Day tickets cost £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for students with an NUS card and children under 16, and BathRider Week tickets cost £20 for adults and £16.50 for students with an NUS card and children under 16.
Bath is just 20 miles from junction 18 of the M4 motorway, which runs direct from London and Heathrow Airport. There are also excellent motorway links from the North and Devon and Cornwall via the M5 motorway, whilst Wales is just a short drive west on the M4.
If you’re visiting the Market in the evening, there is a fixed evening charge of £1.50 for vehicles arriving from 6pm to 8pm at Charlotte Street car park, and you can park at the Podium Shopping Centre car park from 8pm to 8pm for 60p per hour. Parking at SouthGate car park from 6pm to 12am costs £2, and on Thursdays from 21st November to 18th December, you can also take advantage late-night shopping as shops in SouthGate will open until 8pm.
Download a parking map and find further information on parking on the Visit Bath website.
You can view a live update here of the spaces that are currently available at Bath’s main car parks.
During Bath Christmas Market’s peak times the roads and car parks can be busy so we highly recommend using one of Bath’s three Park and Ride services.