How to get around Bath
Getting around Bath - my advice
Bath is a small and compact city, so walking is the best way to get around, and most attractions, hotels and restaurants are in the city centre.
Getting around by bus
If you want to get the bus to the outskirts of the city it might be worth getting a FirstDay pass for £4 (off-peak, after 9am Mon-Fri) or a FirstWeek pass for £16 if you are staying longer and staying outside of the centre.
Open-top buses are a fun way to see the city and are accessible for wheelchair users. There’s a mix of live commentary and recorded stories (in a range of foreign languages) on two routes - city and skyline tours. Tours last 45 minutes, but run on a hop-on, hop-off basis linking the major attractions. Bus trips run frequently from ‘Bog Island’ (near the Abbey and opposite Parade Gardens) every day apart from Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day. Tickets are valid for 24 hours on both routes and cost £11.50 for adults. The ticket can also be used for discounts at the Roman Baths, Jane Austen Centre, Fashion Museum and Prior Park landscape garden (+ 44 (0)1225 330444; www.bathbuscompany.com).
Taxi ranks can be found at Orange Grove (around the back of the Abbey), Milsom Street and the railway station - Abbey Taxis is the biggest taxi company in Bath and has the easiest phone number to remember on a night out (+44 (0)1225 444444). A taxi ride in the centre will cost from around £3 upwards.
Bath is best explored on foot and there are several guided themed tours available such as Ghost Walks of Bath and Bizarre Bath. For an informative and free tour of the city try the two-hour tours run by The Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides (www.bathguides.org.uk). Running daily (Sun-Fri 10.30am and 2pm, Sat 10.30am) from outside the Abbey Churchyard entrance to the Pump Room, there are additional tours May-Sept on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7pm.
Getting to the city
For advice on transport to and from the airports, see Bath flights.