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Getting to the Gate: Saracens - Sep 17th

Bristol Bears kick off the new Gallagher Premiership season against Saracens on Friday, September 17th (7.45pm KO).

Fans travelling from within Bristol are advised to use the new AG3 route which now operates from Temple Meads, Broadmead and The Centre. The AG3 connects with bus routes from across the city and is also suitable for those arriving in Bristol by train or bus.

For those travelling from outside Bristol, free parking is available at the Portway and Brislington Park & Ride sites with the AG1 and AG2 matchday bus services – which will run the same route as previous seasons.

These subsidised services offer return travel from just £1.80 per person. Tickets are valid across the First Bus Bristol Zone so you can connect to other services without paying extra.

Fans who previously joined the AG3 between Horfield Common and Stokes Croft are encouraged to use First’s 72, 72a, 73, 75, 76 or T2 services from Gloucester Rd/Cheltenham Road or the 70 service from Ashley Down Road and change onto the AG3 in central Bristol; fans should purchase the ‘FirstDay’ ticket so their ticket is valid on all services.

The AG1, AG2 and AG3 matchday services are cashless. Please see below and www.bristolbearsrugby.com/travel for full details.

Pre-Match Timings

  • AG1: buses depart Portway Park & Ride every 15 minutes between 17:30 and 19:30. Journey time approx 15 minutes
  • AG2: buses depart Brislington Park & Ride every 20 minutes between 17:30 and 19:10. Journey time approx 20 minutes
  • AG3: buses depart Temple Meads every 15 minutes between 17:30 and 19:30. Journey time approx 20 minutes from Temple Meads and 15 minutes from The Haymarket and the Centre

Post-Match

  • Buses depart from Winterstoke Road regularly after the final whistle with the last departure at 23:15 on all routes
  • AG1 departs from outside The Robins Pub
  • AG2 departs from outside South Bristol Retail Park
  • AG3 departs 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

Ticket 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

Ticket 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:

  • Parson Street is the nearest railway station and a 15 minute walk
  • Temple Meads is the nearest mainline railway station. From here you can catch the AG3 matchday bus to Ashton Gate Stadium

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

Please note: Bristol City Council have stepped up enforcement of parking restrictions around the stadium on matchdays. This includes the verges and pavements along Winterstoke Road which are patrolled most match days.


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