Great Western Railways

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Great Western Railways

General

Great Western Railways is the main rail operator in the Southwest of the UK - it runs trains from its London Base, London Paddington, to all small and large towns in the Soutwest, like Reading, Oxford, Torquay, Bristol, Exeter, Newquay, Penzance, Cardiff and Swansea. 

The new high speed Hitachi-trains from Great Western Railways are (even) more convenient than the older GWR-trains. 

Map

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Reservation if you buy online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Free drinks and light refreshment are included on all long distance trains

Catering
For second class passengers at-seat catering is available on most trains.  

Wifi
Wifi is available for free 

Power sockets  
Available at all 1st class seats.

Children

  • Children up to 4 years travel for free when they don't need an own seat.
  • Children from 5 untill 15 years get a 50% discount on most tickets
  • Seat reservations are possible for kids between 5 and 15, but not for children below 5 years. 

Animals
Small dogs, cats and other small are allowed, max. 2 per person. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket. 
Dogs without leads, cats, birds and small animals must be carried in an enclosed basket, cage or pet carrier. Animals and containers must not occupy seats, otherwise a charge will be made. 

Luggage
Officially there is a luggage limit of two large suitcases per passengers with the height+width+length not larger than 158 cm and not heavier then 32 kg each, but in practice this isn't enforced.  There are luggage racks for big suitcases and backpacks near the entrance doors, for smaller bags there is space in the overhead luggage racks and under your seat. 

Boarding 
No. 

Railcards  
You can use all national Railcards on all trains of Arriva Trains Wales. 

Interrail / Eurail / BritRail 
Passengers with a valid BritRailInterrail or Eurail-pass can use all GWR-trains. Seat reservations are optional and can be made up to one day in advance. 

Groups 
For groups from 6 persons we offer special group fares, see Group travel by train.

Business
The first class offers all the amenities needed for the business traveller to work and relax on board including special departure lounges, flexible fares and meals and wifi on board. See also Business travel by train.

At the station
Check the large departure boards to find the right train - if it's not clear do not hesitate to ask one of the many helpful staff.   

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London Paddington - Info

Railway Station London

"London Paddington" is one of the main stations in London and is the starting station of all Great Western Trains to Bristol, Exeter, Cornwall, Cardiff and Swansea. 

Collection of pre-purchased tickets

  • From ticket office: yes
  • Ticket machine: yes

Operator(s)

Station map

Ticket office 

  • Monday - Sunday 24 Hours a Day

Facilities 

  • Bicycle parking: yes
  • Bicycle hire: There are Santander hire cycles available near this station. See Santander Bike Hire for further details + Bike & Go. For further details please visit: http://www.bikeandgo.co.uk/
  • First class lounge: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Left luggage:  Situated on platform 10. Mon - Sun 07:00 - 23:00
  • Parking: yes

To Heathrow: 

To the Big Ben: 

  • Underground: Circle to Victoria
  • Walking: 56 minutes
  • Bike: 22 minutes, see Santander Bike Hire
  • Bus: Bus 76 
  • Taxi: 18 minutes

To London Waterloo: 

  • Underground: Bakerloo to Elephant & Castle 
  • Walking: 68 minutes
  • Bike: 27 minutes, see Santander Bike Hire
  • Bus: Bus 76
  • Taxi: 148 minutes

To London Kings Cross / St Pancras International: 

  • Underground: Circle to Kings Cross
  • Walking: 59 minutes
  • Bike: 25 minutes, see Santander Bike Hire
  • Bus: Bus 205, 214
  • Taxi: 17 minutes

To London Euston: 

  • Underground: Bakerloo to Elephant & Castle, change at Oxford Circus, Victoria to Seven Sisters  
  • Walking: 42 minutes
  • Bike: 19 minutes, see Santander Bike Hire
  • Bus: Bus 205
  • Taxi: 10 minutes

To London Victoria:

  • Underground: Circle to Victoria
  • Walking: 48 minutes
  • Bike: 18 minutes, see Santander Bike Hire
  • Bus: Bus 36
  • Taxi: 14 minutes

To London Marylebone: 

  • Underground: Bakerloo to Elephant & Castle 
  • Walking: 17 minutes
  • Bicycle: 8 minutes, see Santander Bike Hire
  • Bus: Bus 27, 205
  • Taxi: 7 minutes

Finding your platform:
Check the large departure boards to find the right train - if it's not clear do not hesitate to ask one of the many helpful staff.  

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Hilton London Paddington****

Opposite London Paddington - great 4-star hotel. Classic buidling, spacious and convenient.   

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Best Western Delmere Hotel****

Close to the station, 5 minutes by foot. Very high ratings.       

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Talbot Square***

Next to London Paddington; only 3-star hotel near the station with good ratings. Stylish hotel.        

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Bristol Temple Meads - Info

Railway Station Bristol

"Bristol Temple Meads" is the name of the main train station of Bristol.  

Collection of pre-purchased tickets

  • From ticket office: yes
  • Ticket machine: yes

Operator(s)

Station map

Ticket office 

  • Monday - Friday 05:30 - 21:30
  • Saturday 05:30 - 21:30
  • Sunday 06:45 - 21:30

Facilities 

  • Bicycle parking: yes
  • Bicycle hire: no
  • First class lounge: no
  • Wifi: yes
  • Left luggage:  no
  • Parking: yes, paid, www.ncp.co.uk 

To the city centre

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes
  • Tram: -
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To the airport: 
A dedicated Airport Flyer bus service connects Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Airport, with the journey taking approximately 25 minutes. Buses operate 24 hours a day and at peak times, leaves up to every 8 minutes.

Finding your platform:
Check the large departure boards to find the right train - if it's not clear do not hesitate to ask one of the many helpful staff.  

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Holiday Inn Express Bristol City Centre**

5 minutes by foot from the train station. Spacious, modern, good location. High ratings.  

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Penzance station - Info

Railway Station Penzance

"Penzance" is the name of the main train station of Penzance.  

Collection of pre-purchased tickets

  • From ticket office: yes
  • Ticket machine: yes

Operator(s)

Station map

Ticket office 

  • Monday - Friday 06:05 - 20:10
  • Saturday 06:15 - 18:10
  • Sunday 08:45 - 17:30

Facilities 

  • Bicycle parking: yes
  • Bicycle hire: no
  • First class lounge: no
  • Wifi: yes
  • Left luggage:  no
  • Parking: yes, paid 

To the city centre

  • Walking: 5 minutes
  • Bike: 2 minutes
  • Tram: -
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:
Check the large departure boards to find the right train - if it's not clear do not hesitate to ask one of the many helpful staff.  

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The Longboat Inn***

Next to the Penzance train station and near to the city. Family-run   

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