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The Wells & Area Touring Map shows all the routes by road and rail as well as locations for train stations and Bristol Airport. Wells cannot be reached by water unless there is very heavy flooding on the Somerset Levels!

This page provides some basic details but please do check with the operators for details timetables and up to date information.

If you are planning to travel to this beautiful part of Somerset we hope you have a safe journey whatever your mode of transport and we look forward to seeing you.

 

By Car

The car probably remains the most favoured mode of transport for reaching Wells, although we highly recommend that you consider public transport option described on this page.

The City's main roads are the A39 which connects us to the M5 motorway to the west and contines through to Bath and M4 in the north. The A39 joins the A37 for the road to Bristol and the M4. The A371 connects Wells to Weston-Super-Mare in the west to Wincanton and A303 in the south. Wells has three fuel stations and there are a number of others in the surrounding towns.

Our Wells City Map shows the locations of Car Parks, fuel stations and one way streets to help you navigate around the town. There are charging points for electric cars at the Morrisons and Tesco supermarkets.

Wells has a number of car parks and on Saturdays during July and August all-day car parking for £3 is available on the Palace Farm Fields (access via Silver Street).

The Automobile Association's Route Planner may be of some help for planning your journey to Wells. It provides maps and detailed information for your routes. We have provided a direct link to the Route Planner page here.

 

By National Coach Service

Berrys Coaches offers a daily direct service connecting London with Wells, the "Superfast 3" service. This service starts and stops at the Wells Bus Station and collects passengers in Warminster, Shepton Mallet, Frome, Codford and Amesbury, before proceeding directly to Hammersmith Bus Staton in West London (and the same in reverse). To book use the Berrys website or click here.

 

By Train

There are no direct train services to Wells but there are several choices of station with connecting bus services to Wells.

 

1) From Bristol Temple Meads railway station catch the 376 bus service to Wells. The bus stops outside the train station. There are no changes of bus along the route and the journey is approx. 1 hour. 

2) From Bath Spa railway station catch the 173 or 174 bus service to Wells. The Bath bus station is located next to the railway station. There are no changes of bus along the route and the journey is approx. 1 hour 20 minutes. 

3) From Frome railway station catch the 162 mini bus service to Shepton Mallet and then take the 175 bus to Wells. The Frome railway station is not close to the bus route and requires a few minutes walk. 

4) Castle Cary railway station is the closest to Wells, approx. 15 miles. However, there are not as many train services compared to Bristol and Bath. There is no regular direct bus service to Wells from Castle Cary. You would need to get to Shepton Mallet and then catch the 175 bus to Wells.

Train and bus schedules may change throughout the year so please check their websites for any changes that may have been made recently

 

By Local Bus Services

Wells is quite well connected by local buses which regularly run between Wells and the towns of Bristol, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Shepton Mallet and Glastonbury.

 

The First Group Wells Bus Timetable takes you to a page that shows all the First Group timetables for services that pass through Wells.  Schedules and routes may change throughout the year so please check their website for any changes that may have been made recently.

 

By Air

Bristol Airport is our local international airport. On our Wells & Area Touring Map you can find it at the top of the map about 20 miles north of Wells. Bristol Airport has flights to many destinations within the UK and continental Europe and some limited options to the United States, Africa and Asia.

 

The easiest way to reach Wells from here is to catch an airport taxi unless someone can meet you there. For those who would like to hire their own transport the airport has a number of car hire companies, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National Car.

There are no direct buses to Wells from the airport but there are two options: If you can get to Weston-Super-Mare you can catch the 126 bus to Wells, or take the Airport Express coach into Bristol and then change onto a local bus No. 376.

 

For more comprehensive information about airport connections see the Bristol Airport website here.

 

By Bike

For those who have some serious energy to burn, Wells is located on the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 3 which runs between Bristol and Padstow in Cornwall. The Sustrans website has a page about the West Country Way (Route 3).

Once in Wells you can explore the enchanting Somerset Levels and Mendips with additional cycle route and walking information on this website.