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There are cab ranks at the railway station and outside the Abbey on Orange Grove. There is a taxi booking office in a booth situated at the junction of South Parade and Pierrepont St, a short walk up from the railway station towards the city centre, and there is another small cab rank in Kingsmead Square outside Pizza Hut. All hotels, restaurants and pubs will have numbers or will phone for you. Bus fares are very expensive in Bath, and if 3 or more people are travelling together and making a single journey into or out of town, it is probably worth checking the price of a cab ride before waiting for a bus.
The main local operator serving the city centre and suburbs is First Bus Somerset & Avon. Services within the city are usually frequent (every 10-15 minutes) although not always to the timetable. For guidance a one day off-peak ticket on
First Bus is £3.40, and up to date route and city centre maps are available on their website.
Of more use to the casual visitor are the double-decker open top tour buses that ply a pleasant but convoluted route around the city centre at least every 20 minutes. For visitors staying in the HI hostel the (usually) Bright Orange #18 travels the mile or so up the hill, en-route to the University of Bath (NOT Bath Spa University - 10 miles the other side of bath at the end of the Bright Orange route #418). Single journeys on the #18 are around £1.50 and run until 3am Monday-Saturday, 12pm Sundays. Additionally the purple Wessex Connect U18 service also goes along the same route for around the same price.
There are a number of hire car companies in Bath. All the big name companies have branches in or around Bath. Hertz and Avis are the most centrally located.
Thrifty are now located in the village of Burnett (about 8 miles from Bath) but describe this as their Bath depot - beware if you book from them it is impossible to get to their depot by public transport other than taxi!
If arriving at Bristol Airport cars can be rented at the airport.