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Arriva Train Tickets

I would like to buy online tickets from Cardiff to Bristol. Also Bristol to London. Can I buy them, print them, and use them when we are ready to take the train from Cardiff; Bristol?
Our travel will be in September 2017.
I am not sure if I have to have a U.K. address to purchase tickets. I live in California.
Thank you.

Posted by
920 posts

You don't need a UK address. Just use the print at home or email option for getting your tickets.

Posted by
16883 posts

If the web site insists on a UK address, then you could use a hotel address, but just as a placeholder, not for delivery.

Posted by
2125 posts

it depends on the website you buy the tickets from

your starting point should be this

you may be able to print at home but you can definitely collect your tickets at the station

Posted by
8889 posts

Not all companies offer print-at-home tickets. AFAIK Great Western don't (the company for Cardiff - Bristol and Bristol London), or they didn't when I bought tickets from them 2 months ago.
They do not ask for your address. You will get print-at-the station tickets. You will be given an alphanumeric reference number. Go to any ticket machine. You will need to insert your card (as proof of ID), and the reference number. It will then print your tickets.
See here for more details:

Posted by
1887 posts

When you go from Cardiff to Bristol/ London you won’t be using ATW but GWR trains. If I was to walk into Cardiff Central station and purchase a ticket on the day, it would only cost £12.90 single (one way) to Bristol Temple Meads = the downtown station. (You will also see trains going to Bristol Parkway - this is on the northern edge of the city). Trains leave Cardiff Central for Bristol Temple Meads every 30 minutes. That is not the final destination - those on the half hour are going to Portsmouth via Bath. So, I would not bother buying in advance one of these tickets. If you go into Cardiff Central (or Queen Street) station say the day before, you might be able to purchase a ticket for a specific train to Bristol for maybe £10 - BUT, BE SURE TO TELL THE CLERK THAT IT IS FOR THE FOLLOWING DAY. Try and avoid commuting times M>F as they are only 3 coach trains on a busy route. (Longer ones arrive this autumn).

Regarding Bath to London: here big savings can be made by advance purchasing a specific train. Americans have had trouble with the GWR website so I suggest you try:
Now, you are wondering why I would send you to a website for a company that you would not use? All the train companies sell tickets for all other train companies. The Cross Country Trains site has the advantage that if you wish to change the booking, you will not incur a £10 re-booking fee. However, before going on the Cross Country site, I would go to , insert your date for Bath to London (PAD) and check out the fares. You should find it cheapest once the cheap advance fares are loaded to the system = about 11 weeks out. Make a note of your favoured train and then book it via the Cross Country site. You will get a booking number and they will want your debit card details. When you are in the UK, insert the SAME debit card into a ticket machine and tap in the booking number. Out will come your tickets. You don’t have to wait until you are at Bath and ready to go to London to do this. You could even do it in Cardiff - even though it will say that you pick up the tickets at Bath.