Great Western Rail:Tickets, Schedules and Routes


  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Refreshments
  • Media
  • AC
  • WC
  • Seat Reservation
  • Luggage
  • Allows Bicycle

Standard type carriages on Great Western Railway trains are all air-conditioned and, when booking in advance, seat reservation is compulsory, if booking at the station then there is also a carriage for unreserved seats. Refreshments are available from the onboard refreshment carriage, or passengers can bring their own food and drinks. On longer journeys there is also an entertainment carriage in which onboard tv's are available to watch for free. First class tickets are also available on the Great Western Railway services, these tickets include a quiet carriage, more legroom and meals.


Quick Guide: Trains from London to Cheltenham Spa

Average Ticket Price: £40
Trains per day: Around 84
How many changes: Direct
Average journey time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Fastest Route: 2 hours 16 minutes
Slowest Route: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Stations and Destinations

Great Western Railway is the main operator for rail services in a number of west and south-west counties including Devon, Somerset, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Bedfordshire, Wiltshire and Bristol. Services are also important in Wales, with a particular focus on South Wales. Main line services include a regular intercity connection between London Paddington and Reading, Bristol and Cardiff.

An overnight sleeper service running between London Paddington and Penzance called the Night Riviera is also available daily. Other such named services include the Mayflower (London-Plymouth-London), the Cornishman (Penzance-London-Penzance), the Capitals United (Swansea-London-Swansea), the Red Dragon (London-Carmarthen), and the The Atlantic Coast Express (London-Newquay - summer only). Commuter services are also provided to Gatwick Airport via Guildford and Dorking Deepdene.

First Great Western Ticket Types

There are several different ticket types available on the Great Western service, all are priced differently and passengers can save up to 80% by purchasing tickets in advance. In addition to 16-25 Railcards, Disabled Persons Railcards and Senior Railcards which are common throughout the UK, First Great Western also offers a Devon and Cornwall Railcard and a Cotswold Line Railcard. These are available to passengers who live in these regions and offer up to ⅓ discounts on regularly priced train tickets. For frequent commuters, London Day Travel tickets and Business Carnet tickets are also available.

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