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Train from Manchester to Bath

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Train from Manchester to Bath

Hi, I am looking for the train tickets from Manchester Piccadilly to Bath Spa. Are all the different sites like thetrainline.com, directrail.com the same? The prices (and websites) look very similar and am wondering if anyone out there know where to find the cheapest tickets? I really wish to reach there before 2pm so that I can do the Mayor of Bath Honorary Guide first thing as an orientation :)

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1. Re: Train from Manchester to Bath

The 'proper' website is nationalrail.co.uk

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2. Re: Train from Manchester to Bath

In the main all the sites sell the same tickets at the same price. Avoid thetrainline and one or two others that charge fees on top of the ticket price.

With some companies you can get a discount by booking on the website of the company that runs the service

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3. Re: Train from Manchester to Bath

< Are all the different sites like thetrainline.com, directrail.com the same? >

They are agents, they are the same in the way travel agents are the same - they sell the same products but are different companies.

What you need is a Train Operating Company website - it the website of a company that runs trains in the UK.

The bad news is that there's lots of them, the good news is that they all sell each others tickets so - barring specific discounts for booking through the website of the company whose train you'll be travelling on - everything will be the same. You can find the TOCs by going through the National Rail website and if one TOC website doesn't work for you then just try another.

Generally you'll have to change trains at Bristol but you may also have to change at Birmingham. The price if you buy on the day is £80 one way, booking in advance several weeks in advance for travel after 10:00am for a specific train reduces that to around £25

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4. Re: Train from Manchester to Bath

Hi - another great tour in Bath is Secret City Tours. Great tours and a social initiative, the guides are people who were previously homeless in the City, - no-one better to show you the streets than those who have lived on them! Enjoy your stay, Bath is a beautiful city.

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5. Re: Train from Manchester to Bath

I'd use the Cross-Country trains website as they operate Manchester - Bristol (Bristol-Bath is by local train, the two are only 13 miles apart).


Price up both Manchester Piccadilly - Bath Spa and Manchester Piccadilly - Bristol Temple Meads for your date of travel. If the latter is significantly cheaper, book that and buy a ticket to Bath separately on arrival in Bristol (anytime single fare Bristol Temple Meads - Bath Spa is £7.10).

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