Saturday, 31 May 2014

X39: Bristol - Bath

The X39 links majestic Bristol with historic Bath. There are 5 buses per hour weekday daytimes, 4 per hour Saturday daytimes and route 39 runs via Keynsham every 30 mins Mon-Sat evenings and Sunday daytimes. They are operated by First. Click here to see other bus routes in the South West.

Places served

The X39 serves the following yellow-highlighted stops in central Bristol:

The X39 starts from stand 17 at Bristol Bus Station:

Followed by stand CP on Colston Avenue in The Centre:

Then stops BF and TV on Victoria Street before stop TG on Temple Gate just outside Temple Meads Railway Station:

Here are some links for things to see and do in Bristol:

The X39 calls at Totterdown Bridge outside the car wash on Bath Road on its way out of Bristol City Centre:

At Brislington Square, the X39 uses stop B on the A4 road towards Bath:

...and stop A towards Bristol:

The X39 by-passes Keynsham itself, which is instead served by the parallel slower route 38 and the evening/Sunday service 39. On the outskirts of town, the X39 uses this stop at Ellsbridge House on the A4 Bath Road towards Bath:

...and this stop opposite towards Bristol:

Buses to Bath stop on the A4 outside Tesco Express and the Co-Operative:

Buses towards Bristol stop over the road outside The Crown pub:

Saltford's a good place to stop off for some food and drink:

Buses stop on Bristol Road just before/after the roundabout on which The Globe pub sits. Buses to Bristol stop on the left, buses to Bath on the right:

The Globe itself has mixed reviews, so Saltford might be a safer bet if you're hungry.

Buses towards Bath stop on Upper Bristol Road near the junction with Park Lane, right next to Royal Victoria Park:

Buses towards Bristol stop over the road and on the other side of the junction with Park Lane:

Buses towards Bristol serve the following highlighted stops in Bath City Centre:

...starting with stand 11 at the bus station, conveniently located right beside the railway station:

...and continuing with stop WC on Westgate Buildings and then stop GD on Monmouth Place:

As if you needed me to tell you, there are loads of things to see and do in Bath. Try these links:


See the full timetable on First's website either here or as a leaflet here. It can also be found on Traveline.

Here are your links for live scheduled departure times from major stops towards Bath:

...and back towards Bristol:


The cheapest day ticket that is valid throughout route X39 is the FirstDay Bristol Outer at £6. It is also valid on all First buses as far as Cribbs Causeway and Clevedon.

If you need to travel beyond that ticket's zone, then the FirstDay South West at £7 is for you.

For shorter journeys, the following tickets are valid on part of the X39's route, but not all the way:

If you also need to use the buses of other operators (not just First) and are travelling solely within the former county of Avon, then you can use an AvonRider ticket at £7.20, valid the full length of route X39.

For shorter journeys, the multi-operator BristolRider and BathRider tickets (both £4.50) are valid on part of route X39. The zones are the same as for the FirstDay Bristol Inner and FirstDay Bath tickets described above.

If you are travelling solely within the former county of Avon but also need to use the train, as well as the buses of other operators, then the Freedom Travel Pass is for you. The 1 day off-peak version for Bristol and Bath (covering the full X39 route) costs £11 and allows unlimited travel by bus and train within the appropriate zones, so you could catch the X39 one way and then return by train.

If you're arriving in Bristol or Bath by train, the Bristol Plusbus is valid on the X39 as far as Ellsbridge House and the Bath Plusbus is valid as far as The Globe.


Change at Bristol Bus Station for the following major routes and destinations:

At Bath Bus Station, you can change for the following routes and destinations:

The X39 passes close to the following railway stations:

Local rail map with the X39's route marked in yellow.


First routes 37 and 38 run parallel to the X39, but also serve Keynsham. The 39 provides the evening service in place of the X39 and serves a tiny little bit of Keynsham.

The other obvious alternative to the X39 is the train. Direct trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa are operated by First Great Western. Look up train fares here.

All of the information in this post is correct at the time of writing, but please check the relevant links before travelling.