Travelling through Bristol on the train

Monday, 10 March 2014

Travelling using the inner city train route is something that myself and my son do on an almost daily basis. In fact it seems so common place to me that when I mention it to friends I'm always surprised when they say 'oh so and so would be so excited to travel on the train!'. I guess that's the difference when you don't drive, the thought would never have struck me to travel to different parts of the city in a car!

 ^^ waiting at the station in Temple Meads after an adventure in the centre^^

The train line runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Avonmouth although I must admit we have never gone further on the line than to Clifton Down. It's certainly on our list to take a trip to Severn Beach one day. Being that we visit the zoo in Clifton almost weekly it's really convenient to hop on at Stapleton Road and be in Clifton in 8 minutes. We have a zoo membership but if you do travel by train it gives you half price on your entry to a number of attractions in the city, the zoo being one of them.

Another regular for us is Montpelier station, you can walk down to Gloucester road within minutes and head to one of the cafes on the stretch for a babyccino or up a little further to St Andrews Park.

Some of the stations on the line (like Stapleton Rd for example) are also used for mainline trains, so we can jump on them and travel directly to Cardiff, or Weston Super Mare and be there in 45 minutes. It also takes under ten minutes to travel from most stops on the line to Temple Meads where you can of course catch trains to numerous places (although why would you want to leave Bristol! ;)).

I really recommend travelling through Bristol on the train. It's especially good if you have a child that still needs a pushchair as there is always space for them in the wide carriages (something I tend to struggle with if travelling on a bus) and I have always been able to find someone to help me on and off the platform.

An adult ticket will cost you £1.50 for a single and £2 for a return. Children are free under 5 years or it costs 75p for a single and £1 for a return. You can find more about the train timetable here

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