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Trains at Melksham

Train fares for journeys from Melksham to Bath and Bristol.

Travelling from Melksham to Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, you can take any train, but you'll need to change at the next station - either Chippenham or Trowbridge. On your return from Bristol Temple Meads or Bath Spa, you will need to catch the correct train to Chippenham or Trowbridge to connect back to Melksham.

Fares 2019, Melksham to Bristol Temple Meads
Anytime single, £11.10
Anytime day return, £12.10
Off Peak day return, also £12.10
Off Peak single, no ticket offered - use anytime

Fares 2019, Melksham to Clifton Down and stations to Severn Beach
Anytime single, £11.40
Anytime day return, £12.30
Off Peak single, £10.10
Off Peak day return, £10.20
For Clifton Down and the Severn Beach line, change also at Bristol Temple Meads

Fares 2019, Melksham to Bath Spa
Anytime single, £6.60
Anytime day return, £8.60
Off Peak day return, £8.50
Off Peak single, no ticket offered - use anytime

Which return train to catch back from Bristol or Bath?

On Monday to Friday ... catch trains from Bristol Temple Meads at 05:30, 05:44, 06:48, 08:30, 09:07, 10:30, 10:47, 11:22, 12:30, 13:00, 13:22, 15:00, 15:22, 17:00, 17:49, 18:30, 18:51 or 19:30. Journey time between 45 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes. All of these trains except the 05:44 also call at Bath Spa 12 to 15 minutes later.

On Saturday ... catch trains frm Bristol Temple Meads at 06:49, 07:30, 08:51, 09:30, 10:49, 11:30, 12:51, 14:30, 15:51, 17:30, 17:49, 19:30 or 20:40. All of these trains also call at Bath Spa 12 to 15 minutes later.

On Sunday ... catch trains from Bristol Temple Meads at 08:53, 09:25, 10:53, 11:10, 13:25, 14:53, 16:15, 17:25, 18:10, 18:45 or 19:25. All of these trains also call at Bath Spa 12 to 15 minutes later.

Engineering works often effect trains at weekends, and we recommend you check before you travel. Additionally, if there appear to be operational problems on the railway (lots of delays or bad weather) we suggest to ask at Bristol Temple Meads / Bath Spa which train to catch in case the local train to Melksham is running out of schedule or your connecting train will miss. Staff may advise you to take a different train in these circumstances, changing at Chippenham when you had expected to change at Trowbridge, or vice versa.

Other questions and notes

Is there a direct public transport service to Bath?
If you are travelling from Melksham to Bath, note that there are three direct bus services as well:
• the D3 run by First, 7 days a week and into the evening except on Sunday
• the x72 run by Faresaver, Monday to Saturday daytime
• the x76 run by AD Raines, One service per day, Monday to Friday
Each bus offers different fares, not usually interchangeble between operators (though some ticket products are) and not interchangable between road and rail. Passengers for Bath may find it more convenient to use the bus than the train, and some bus tickets (such as First's West of England zone at £7.00) also allow onward travel throughout the greater Bristol area - a really low cost way to travel if you have plenty of time

Can I use an off peak train ticket to Bristol Temple Meads?
Note that off peak fares to the Severn Beach line are lower than the anytime fares to Bristol Temple Meads, and that no off peak fares are available from Melksham to Bristol Temple Meads. So if you're taking a day trip to Bristol Temple Meads after the morning peak (or at any time at the weekend), your lowest cost option mey be to get an off peak ticket to Clifton Down. You are allowed to buy such a ticket for the longer journey and then get off "short" - in this case just to travel to and from Temple Meads on a Clifton Down ticket.

See notes under local fares for extra notes on fares, and on how and where to buy your ticket. There are no advance purchase ticket savings available on journeys from Melksham to Bath Spa or Bristol.


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Information about fares to other destinations

For 2019, we are publishing 4 fare pages for Melksham
London Fares
Local Fares
Fares to and from the Bristol area
Other fares and long distance tips
If in doubt, ask on our forum at or check with GWR who operate the trains.


New and Upcoming ....

Timetables changing shortly
Bus times [First D3] (from 10.11.19) - [here]
Current train times (to 14.12.19) - [here]
Future train times (from 15.12.19) - [here]

Fare changes 2nd Jan 2020 - early data [here]

MRUG public meeting, "Fares Special" 20th January 2020 - see [here]

15th December 2019 - Santa will be on the train from Melksham just after 15:00 (3 p.m.) to Swindon and back. Further details [here]

Report on reduction of station dwell time – three specific ideas for Melksham proposed by the Melksham Rail User Group in reply to request for suggestions from Mark Hopwood on 18th July 2019 for input by 24th July 2019 - [[here]]

Report on summer 2019 promotion - carnivals, and fetes - see [[here]]. Thank you to everyone who's helped - and enjoy your summer trips. Pictures from Imber on 17th August - here

Tribute to class 153 trains - the single carriages which provided the vital stepping stone from no useful service to what we now have, 2013-2018 on the line, now retiring from GWR

New "Great West Way Discover" tickets launched - travel as much as you like on selected routes, two of the tickets include Melksham - great for a Staycation or for visitors to the UK who are staying with you for a while. There are now 10 different rangers and rovers that include Melksham - see [here] for a list including maps and prices.

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