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Travelling in Bath over the Winter Break

Over the festive period you may choose to travel around the city or take the opportunity to visit other places in the UK.

It’s important to note that services often run at reduced capacity and on occasion not at all over the Christmas and New Year period.

Make sure you plan any travel over the festive period in advance to avoid disappointment.


Travelling by bus for many is the chosen form of transport around the city. The buses will be running a limited service over the festive break meaning they will be less frequent than you are used to. There will be no bus service on Christmas Day. The U2 bus service will not be running between 17 December and 6 January. The 22 bus will not be running between Christmas and New Year.

You can use the First Bus app to check bus times or visit the First Bus website.


Taxis will continue to be available over the festive period and some companies will even run-on Christmas Day and Boxing Day where public transport is not available. There will however be less taxis available and demand may be high so you should pre-book your taxis as far in advance as possible. Some taxis for Christmas Day and Boxing Day will only take passengers that have booked in advance.


If you are hoping to travel further, you may choose to travel by train. As with the above services trains will be running on a reduced capacity so it’s important you plan your journey ahead of time. Use the National Rail website to keep up to date with travel disruptions and strikes, and to book your tickets in advance. Trains will not run on Christmas Day.

You may choose to take the opportunity to walk or cycle around the city. If you do always be aware of your safety particularly at night and during cold temperatures where the roads and pavements can become icy.

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