Trains from Manchester to Bath run from Manchester Piccadilly. The train is normally quicker than taking the bus but slightly more expensive. The Train service between Manchester and Bath runs regularly up to 34 times a day. The first Train leaves Manchester at 05:05 and the last Train departing at 19:27. The journey time on the Train is 3hr 30mins.
The train service from Manchester Piccadilly to Bath Spa is not direct and requires 1 or 2 changes at Birmingham New Street and or Bristol Temple Meads.
It is advisable to book train tickets in advance online as they are cheaper. You can travel from Manchester to Bath for just 49.00 GBP if you book in advance online compared to 65.00 GBP if you just turn up at the station. Strange as it may seem you may also find it cheaper to book two single tickets rather than a return.
To check train times and prices from Manchester to Bath click on the button below.
If you are arriving or departing from Bath by Train, you will be using Bath Spa Train station in Dorchester Street. Bath Train station is a 5 minute walk from the city centre and provides a good service to all national destinations. For more detailed information, including maps, national and local trains see our guide to Bath Spa Train Station.
If you are travelling to or from Europe you can connect by booking Eurostar tickets online from Paris or Brussels to London.
The Bus service between Manchester and Bath runs 9 times a day. This service is run by NationalExpress with the first Bus starting at 03:55 and the last bus is at 23:59. You can book a return fare from 18.00 GBP. To get cheap fares you need to book in advance and travel at off-peak times afer 09:00. The Bus to Bath runs from Chorlton Street in Manchester to Bath Spa in Bath. Bath is 190 miles (305.9Km) from Manchester and the journey time on the Bus will take 6hr 40min.
The bus service from Manchester Central Bus Station (Chorlton Street) to Bath Spa is not direct and requires either 1 or 2 changes in Birmingham and or Bristol coach stations.
Buses can be very crowded and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance, to check times and prices of buses from Manchester to Bath click the button below.
If you are arriving or departing from Bath by coach or public bus you will almost certainly start or finish your journey in the city centre at Dorchester Street, the central bus station. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from Bath City Centre. For more detailed information, including maps and national and local buses in Bath see our guide to Bath Bus Station.
Bath is 190miles (305.9Km) from Manchester. If you are travelling to Bath by car, you have several options on what to do with your car when you get there. If you are only visiting for the day then it is best to use the Bath Park and Ride facilities (free parking) located North, South, East and West of the city centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to the Bath Park and Ride. If you are just visiting for a few hours then you might want to use one of the car parks located near the City Centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to parking in Bath. If you need to book a rental car when you get to Bath there are several places to pick up a car.
Air Southwest flies from Manchester Airport to Bristol. There are two flights a day Monday-Friday, and one flight a day at the weekend. The flight is one hour and 5 minutes, and single ticket costs from 80 GBP (inclusive of taxes, check-in and luggage allowance). Take a train from Manchester Piccadilly station straight to the heart of the airport, for 3.10 GBP – there are six trains per hour and it takes 20 minutes. Check in at least 40 minutes before your flight, otherwise you will be denied boarding.
On arrival at Bristol take the Bristol Flyer express coach from Bristol airport to Bristol Temple Meads station. They run every 15 minutes at peak hours. It takes around 30 minutes and costs 7 GBP one-way. For your onward journey to Bath, there are 4 direct trains an hour from Bristol Temple Meads Station and the journey takes about 10-15 minutes. A standard single ticket is 5.80 GBP, or you can buy an off peak return for about 14.20 GBP.
If you are looking at staying in Bath and are interested in a good deal on accommodation, restaurants or other services in Bath it is worth checking this link to see what the deal of the day for Bath is.
If you decide you would like to spend a little longer in Bath to soak up the atmosphere and visit a few more attractions why not check out some of the Bath Hotel Deals and see if anything takes your fancy?
Bath Christmas Market
(Wed 22nd Nov, 2017)
Bath's unique outdoor Christmas Market for the very best of seasonal shopping, fine food, family fun and excellent entertainment enhanced by Bath's stylish and spectacular Christmas lights.
Bath Film Festival
(Wed 13th Dec, 2017)
The Bath Film Festival is a celebration of great cinema, with screenings and events taking place at a range of venues across Bath. These include the Little Theatre Cinema, The Rondo Theatre, Chapel Arts Centre, The Michael Tippet centre and the University Hall of Bath University.