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Getting to the Gate: Aston Villa

Heading to Ashton Gate this matchday? Here's all you need to know regarding Bristol's transport options.

Three matchday bus services will operate directly to and from Ashton Gate for the pre-season friendly versus Aston Villa (Saturday, July 31st, 1pm KO) and throughout the regular season – offering subsidised travel from as little as £1.80 per person.

The AG4 service will no longer operate and ABus have taken the decision not to continue with their matchday Service A. We’d like to thank ABus for their many years of service transporting fans to and from the stadium. First Bus will continue to operate their popular AG1 Portway Park & Ride and AG2 Brislington Park & Ride services which include free parking.

First Bus are also introducing a new service called AG3 which will operate from Temple Meads and the City Centre to Ashton Gate. This service is ideal for those arriving in Bristol at Temple Meads or Bristol Coach Station; parking in city-centre car parks; or wishing to use the public bus network - as the route has been designed to connect with as many services as possible.

Details for Saturday’s game are listed below with details of the regular-season services to be confirmed shortly. Please note - all services are now cashless. The cheapest way to travel is using a First Bus mTicket but card payments are accepted on the bus.

Route Details

  • AG1: Portway Park & Ride* – Station Road – Woodwell Road – Park Road – Riverleaze – Roman Way – Ashton Gate
  • AG2: Brislington Park & Ride*– Ashton Gate (direct service)
  • AG3: Temple Meads Stop T6 (Station Approach) - Haymarket Stop B10 (near Primark) – St Augustine’s Parade Stop C7 (opposite The Hippodrome) – Ashton Gate

* free parking included at the Park & Ride sites only

Pre-Match

  • AG1: buses will depart from Portway Park & Ride every 20 minutes between 10:45 and 12:25. Journey time approximately 15 minutes
  • AG2: buses will depart from Brislington Park & Ride every 20 minutes between 10:45 and 12:25. Journey time approximately 20 minutes
  • AG3: buses will depart from Temple Meads every 20 minutes between 10:45 and 12:25. Journey time approximately 20 minutes from Temple Meads and 15 minutes from The Haymarket and the Centre
  • All timings subject to traffic

Post-Match

  • Buses will depart regularly after the final whistle with the last departure at 16:00 on all routes
  • AG1 will depart from Winterstoke Road outside The Robins Pub
  • AG2 will depart from Winterstoke Road outside South Bristol Retail Park
  • AG3 will depart from Winterstoke Road outside Trust Ford

Tickets and Pricing

  • All the Ashton Gate Matchday services operate within the Bristol Zone
  • You can travel using either a ‘Single’ Ticket or a ‘FirstDay’ ticket
  • A ‘Single’ ticket will allow one journey only and you cannot change bus on this ticket
  • A ‘FirstDay’ ticket allows unlimited travel on all First Bus services within the Bristol Zone until 04:29am the following day. This is the best ticket if you intend to use the services to and from the game
  • Under 5s and concessionary pass holders travel free of charge
  • No other ticket type or pass is valid on the Ashton Gate services. Including but not limited to FirstWeek, FirstMonth, First Year and university travel passes
  • The cheapest way to travel is by purchasing an mTicket via the First Bus app
  • Alternatively, you can purchase on-board any First Bus service including the AG1, AG2 and AG3 (cash payments will not be accepted on the Ashton Gate matchday services)

Tickets prices are as follows:

FirstDay

mTicket Price

On Bus Price

Adult

£4.50

£5

Student/Young Person 16-21

£3.15

£3.50

Child

£2.25

£2.50

Group Ticket*

£9

£10

 

 

 

Single

mTicket Price

On Bus Price

Adult

£2.25

£2.50

Student/Young Person 16-21

£1.60

£1.80

Child

£1.15

£1.30

 

*Group tickets allow travel for up to five people of any age. Passengers must travel together on all journeys

Covid-19 Protocols

Passengers are encouraged to wear face coverings when travelling on First Bus services and to think carefully about the safety and comfort of other bus users

Other Travel Options

Cycling, Walking and e-Scooter

Ashton Gate is easily accessible on foot from many parts of Bristol including the Centre, Harbourside, North Street and Parson Street railway station.

Cycle parking is available behind the South Stand.

Electric scooters are not allowed on-site and must be parked in an appropriate area outside the stadium being careful not to block entrances, exits or the pavement. Voi are the only authorised e-scooters allowed to be used in Bristol and users are asked not only to ensure they are clear and comply with the law but also carefully consider their speed around the stadium on a matchday.

Rail

Fans should also note that due to staff being contacted by NHS Test and Trace a reduced rail service will be operating between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol and between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. Please check https://www.gwr.com/travel-information/travel-updates/live-network-updates/disruption-information for the latest information.

Parking

Limited spaces remain in official car parks as below and can be booked over the phone by calling Supporter Services on 0117 963 0600, weekdays 9am – 5pm. All car parks open from 11am.

  • Winterstoke (Accessible Only, Reserved Spaces) £20 p/car
  • Wickes (Unreserved) - £20 p/car
  • Midas (Unreserved) – £20 p/car
  • Pattersons (Unreserved) - £15 p/car

Road

  • Cumberland Road is closed to traffic in both directions until 9th This route remains accessible for pedestrians and cyclists only

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