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Getting to the Gate: Blackpool

Heading to Ashton Gate for the season opener against the Seasiders on Saturday? Here's all you need to know regarding Bristol's transport options.

Three matchday bus services will operate to and from Ashton Gate for the Sky Bet Championship game against Blackpool (Saturday 7th August, 3pm kick-off) – offering subsidised travel from as little as £1.80 per person.

The AG1 Portway Park & Ride and AG2 Brislington Park & Ride services offer free parking.

The new AG3 service from Temple Meads and the City Centre is ideal for those travelling via Temple Meads; the Coach Station; using city-centre car parks; or travelling from anywhere within Bristol as the route has been designed to connect with most First Bus operated public bus services across the city. Tickets are valid across the network so you can connect services for free (see details below).

The matchday services will operate throughout the season, are cashless and the cheapest way to travel is by 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

The AG4 service will no longer operate and ABus have taken the decision not to continue with their matchday Service A.

Pre-Match

  • AG1: buses depart Portway Park & Ride every 15 minutes between 12:45 and 14:45. Journey time approx 15 minutes
  • AG2: buses depart Brislington Park & Ride every 20 minutes between 12:45 and 14:25. Journey time approx 20 minutes
  • AG3: buses depart Temple Meads every 15 minutes between 12:45 and 14:45. Journey time approx 20 minutes from Temple Meads and 15 minutes from The Haymarket and the Centre
  • All timings subject to traffic. The last inbound service on the AG1 and AG3 are not advised for those who want to be in the stadium for kick-off

Post-Match

  • Buses depart from Winterstoke Road regularly after the final whistle with the last departure at 18:30 on all routes
  • AG1 will depart from outside The Robins Pub
  • AG2 will depart from outside South Bristol Retail Park
  • AG3 will depart from 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:

Due to staff being contacted by NHS Test and Trace:

Parking:

The below unofficial car parks are not operated by the stadium or the club however they are open close to the stadium on match days.

  • Ashton Event Parking, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX. From £10 p/car (book in advance online or cashless payments only on the day). 10 minute walk
  • DJ Parking, Cala Trading Estate, Ashton Vale Road, BS3 2HA. £10 p/car, cash only on the day. Seven-minute walk

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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