Of course you can never go wrong with the Sightseeing bus.
It's a hop on off so you can spend as much time as you want on the attraction that you want to, just make sure to bring hats, umbrellas, etc. You never know what the skies throws on you.
Red double decker bus, the second deck is open so get ready to see the sights and feel the weather.
City Sightseeing offers two bus tours, City Centre Tour, and Skyline Tour around Bath.
City Centre Tour
I took this tour in June 2006. This tour takes you around the city centre including the High Street for the Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths and Sally Lunn's; Grand Parade for the Pulteney Bridge; Queen Square for The Jane Austen Centre; The Circus for the Assembly Rooms and Brock Street for The Royal Crescent. The ticket is valid for 24 hours where you can hop on and hop off.
This tour usually operates all year from 0930-1700 (later during the summer months) and there are frequent departures.
I took this tour in June 2010. This tour takes you to Bath's immediate environs including the Bus and Railway Station; Sydney Gardens for the Holbourne Museuem; Convocation Avenue for the American Museum & Univesity and Ralph Allen Drive for the Prior Park Landscape Garden which I visited.
The tour usually operates between April and October every half an hour from 1100-1700.
Purchasing tickets entitle you discounts at a number of Bath's attractions and shuttles are available from stops to stops.
Please check City Sightseeing for further details.
We got on to the Bath tour bus at the first bus stop - at High Street - right next to Bath Abbey, the Heritage Vaults, and the Roman Baths...this bus tour was ideal because we didn't have too much time to see the whole of Bath, and we wanted to see as much as we could. Luckily, it was a beautiful sunny day..and we sat on the top of the open-top double-decker bus for the whole journey.
The whole tour is about 45-minutes long...you have the option of hopping off at each of the 15 stops that the bus passes through. The bus departs every 10-30 minutes from each stop, so you can choose whether to have a sneak-peak of the place you're at...or to take your time and enjoy :)
The ticket you purchase for the bus is valid for 24 hours, and you get a head-set to which you can listen to recorded commentary in English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Japanese.
Once i arrived to bath I decided to take one of the several bus tours that runs in Bath. They have audio guide in several languages ( English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian.....). There is bus stop where you can hop-on and hop-of
I caught the 339 Bus from Bristol's Victoria Street to Bath's Bus Station. The journey took approximately 45 minutes and traveled via Brislington, Keynsham, Saltford and Newton St Loe. One way cost me 5.30 gbp (June 2012). The bus runs every half an hour on a Sunday and from 1800 every hour till midnight and early morning and late evenings Mondays to Saturdays.
You can also catch the X39 bus from Bristol to Bath Mondays to Saturdays. The buses run every 12-15 minutes during the day.
Bus Station address:
Bath Bus Station, Dorchester Street, Bath, BA1 1SS
First Travel Shops is opened Monday to Friday at 0900-1700 and Saturday at 1000-1700.
Please check the website for updates.
There is a long bright orange bus (number 18) than runs every few minutes between Bath University on one hill, down in to the town centre and then up another hill to Bath Spa University.
It is possible to buy single, return and 10 journey tickets. Here is a photo of me at the bus stop. You have to buy the bagel seperately at a shop.
As a city Bath is pretty compact and so almost everything is within easy walking distance of the centre. For travel further afield the new bus station is on Dorchester Street, next door to the railway station.
Some great day trips by bus include a visit to Wells and its Cathedral (service 173) or Bradford on Avon on the edge of the Cotswolds (service 264/265). Most of the buses are run by First Bus and there are various ticketing options available including the FirstDay Southwest ticket - see 1st website below.
2nd website has all the local and national public transport info.
There are coaches to Bath from London Victoria Station or by train from Paddington Station London or 15 minutes by train from Bristol Temple Meads Station. Buses to Bath run from the Bristol Bus Station. M4 Junction 18 if travelling by car. Most of the sites of interest within Bath can be reached by walking and it is a pleasant city to walk around.