The Somerset Coast is served by one main line, as well as the heritage West Somerset railway. The North Somerset coast is poorly served by rail stations although there are trains to Bristol from where bus services serve most coastal towns between Weston-super-Mare and Pill. There are also rail stations at Worle, Weston-super-Mare and Bridgwater which are either on or close to walks on the Somerset Coast. Further west the coast can be reached by train from Taunton and then a bus to Minehead. The West Somerset heritage railway also has stations at Minehead and Dunset which can be used to reach the coast.
The following table lists the rail stations that are useful for accessing the Somerset coast. For the timetables, see the links in the table below.
|Station||Coast Path Access||Relevant Walk(s)||Line and Timetable||Train Operator(s)||Current Departures||Current Arrivals|
|Bristol Temple Meads||Not on the coast, but the principal station for Bristol from where buses leave for parts of the Gloucestershire and North Somerset coast.||Aust to Severn Tunnel JunctionAust to PillPill to Portishead||The Severn Beach LineWessex Main LineCardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-MareGreat Western MainlineScotland, North East & Manchester to the South West and South CoastCardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-Mare and Exeter||Great Western RailwayCross Country TrainsSouth West Trains||Bristol Temple Meads||Bristol Temple Meads|
|Worle||Two walks start or end at this station.||Worle to PortisheadWorle to Uphill||Cardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-Mare||Great Western Railway||Worle||Worle|
|Weston-super-Mare||The station is around 5 minutes from the sea front and local buses from here serve the start or end points of several walks.||Worle to UphillSteep Holm to Uphill to BreanBrean to Pawlett||Cardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-MareScotland, North East & Manchester to the South West and South CoastCardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-Mare and Exeter||Great Western RailwayCross Country Trains||Weston-super-Mare||Weston-super-Mare|
|Highbridge and Burnham||This walk pases within around 300 metres of the railway station. In addition the bus route to the start and end of this walk passes close to the station.||Brean to Pawlett||Cardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-Mare and Exeter||Great Western Railway||Highbridge and Burnham||Highbridge and Burnham|
|Bridgwater||Walk passes through the town (the station is around 10 minutes walk away) and buses to these walks run close to the station.||Brean to PawlettCombwich to Pawlett||Cardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-Mare and Exeter||Great Western Railway||Bridgwater||Bridgwater|
|Taunton||Buses from Taunton serve the coast between Minehead and Weston-super-Mare||Brean to PawlettWatchet to MineheadMinehead to PorlockLynmouth to Porlock||Cardiff and Bristol to Weston-super-Mare and ExeterScotland, North East & Manchester to the South West and South Coast||Great Western RailwayCross Country Trains||Taunton||Taunton|
|Barnstaple||On the south west coast path. Buses connect Barnstaple with most towns on the coast path between Lynmouth and Hartland.||Lynmouth to Porlock||The Tarka Line||Great Western Railway||Barnstaple||Barnstaple|
The principal bus services serving the Somerset coast can be found in the table below. As times and routes can change frequently it is suggested that you check with Traveline before travelling.
|Route Number||Operator||Relevant Walk(s)||Places Served||Approximate Daytime Frequency|
|X4||First Bristol, Bath and West||Aust to PillPill to PortisheadWorle to Portishead||Bristol Bus Station, Abbots Leigh, Pill, Sheepway, Portishead||Every 30 Minutes||Every 30 Minutes||Hourly|
|X3||First Bristol, Bath and West||Pill to PortisheadWorle to Portishead||Bristol Bus Station, Abbots Leigh, Sheepway, Portishead Dock, Portishead||Every 30 Minutes||Every 30 Minutes||Hourly|
|X1/X1A||First Bristol, Bath and West||Worle to PortisheadWorle to UphillSteep Holm to||Bristol Bus Station, Backwell, Cleeve, Congresbury, Worle, Weston-super-Mare||Every 15 minutes||Every 15 minutes||Every 30 Minutes|
|X5||First Bristol, Bath and West||Worle to PortisheadWorle to UphillSteep Holm to||University of West of England (UWE), Bristol Parkway Station, Cribbs Causeway, Portishead, Weston-in-Gordano, Clevedon, Worle, Weston-super-Mare||Hourly||Hourly||Once Every 2 hours|
|5, 105||Crosville Motor Services||Worle to UphillWorle to PortisheadSteep Holm to Uphill to Brean||Worle, Weston-super-Mare, Uphill||Every 30 Minutes||Every 30 Minutes||No service|
|20||First Bristol, Bath and West||Uphill to BreanWorle to UphillSteep Holm to Brean to Pawlett||Weston-super-Mare, Uphill, Brean, Lympsham, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea||Hourly Winter, Every 30 minutes Summer||Hourly Winter, Every 30 minutes Summer||Summer only, hourly|
|21||The Buses of Somerset||Brean to PawlettCombwich to Pawlett||Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge, Huntspill, Pawlett, Dunball, Bridgwater, North Petherton, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton||Hourly||Hourly||Hourly|
|14||The Buses of Somerset||Combwich to PawlettStogursey to CombwichStogursey to Watchet||Bridgwater, Wembdon, Cannington, Combwich, Stockland Bristol, Stogursey, Burton, Shurton||One bus per day each way, college days only||No service||No service|
|23B||Hatch Green Coaches||Stogursey to CombwichStogursey to Watchet||Wiliton, Watchet, Kilve, Stogursey, Nether Stowey, Hawkridge, Buncombe, Yarford, Fulford, Kingston St Mary, Taunton||One bus per day (this direction only)||No service||No service|
|28||The Buses of Somerset||Stogursey to WatchetWatchet to MineheadMinehead to PorlockLynmouth to Porlock||Minehead, Dunster, Washford, Watchet, Williton, Bicknoller, Seven Ash, Bishops Lydeard, Staplegrove, Taunton||Every 30 Minutes||Every 30 Minutes||Hourly|
|10||The Buses of Somerset||Watchet to MineheadMinehead to PorlockLynmouth to Porlock||Minehead, Porlock, Porlock Weir||5 buses per day||No service||No service|
|300||Filers Travel||Lynmouth to Porlock||Minehead, Porlock, Lynmouth||No service||No service||2 daily during peak summer only|
To visit Steep Holm Island you need to visit Steep Holm Sailings to select a date of a sailing, then book via Steep Holm Bookings to book. Trips are weather dependant and normally operated using RIB boats so have limited luggage space.
The nearest airports are Bristol Airport and Exeter Airport. Both airports have direct flights from many European cities, although there are few long haul routes.