The most convenient way to reach Bath is by train from London's Paddington Station (1 ½ hours). National Express coaches take longer and run to London's Victoria Station (also via Heathrow), Manchester and Oxford.
Alternatively, Bristol International Airport is the nearest to Bath and approximately 21 miles away. An express coach service connects the airport to Bristol rail and bus stations, from where frequent trains and buses operate to Bath.
Bath Spa train station and bus station are both located a short walk from the centre. If you are driving into Bath, be aware that the central streets are often choked with traffic, particularly during busy summer months. Drivers are advised to use one of the “Park-and-Ride” car parks around the periphery. Leave your car here and catch a bus into the city (departures every fifteen minutes). Taxis are readily available in the city.
The compact historic centre of Bath is best explored on foot and most of the attractions are within walking distance of each other. If your time is limited you can discover Bath on an open topped double-decker bus, complete with commentary by an informed guide. The tourist office, next to the abbey on Abbey Churchyard, provides information on all transport options.