Bus Services

Photo of a double decker bus in First Bus livery.

Welcome to The Journal’s guide to bus services in Bradley Stoke.

3B Aztec West – Bristol Parkway Station
73 Cribbs Causeway – Bradley Stoke – City Centre
77 Thornbury – Bradley Stoke – Southmead Hospital – City Centre
963 Patchway – Bradley Stoke – The Ridings (school service)
T1 Thornbury – Bradley Stoke – City Centre (via M32)
M1 Cribbs Causeway – Bradley Stoke – UWE – City Centre (via M32)

Bus Timetables and Route Maps and Journey Planners

Missed the bus? Check out our guide to Taxis in Bradley Stoke.

73 or X73 : What’s the Difference?

Bus at the Willow Brook CentreThe 73 operates seven days a week between Cribbs Causeway (serving The Mall) and Bristol city centre. In Bradley Stoke it makes a loop around Woodlands Lane, Trench Lane and Bowsland Way before travelling south along Brook Way. After reaching Manor Farm Roundabout,  it visits the Willow Brook Centre before continuing south down Bradley Stoke Way and making a loop around Webbs Wood Road and Baileys Court Road. After passing through Stoke Gifford, it proceeds along Filton Avenue and Gloucester Road into the city centre.

The X73 is a peak hour “express” service Monday-Friday that follows a similar route to the 73, however, it travels the full length of Brook Way and does not visit the Willow Brook Centre or Webbs Wood Road/Baileys Court Road. After passing through Stoke Gifford it takes the M32 motorway into the city centre (instead of using Filton Avenue and Gloucester Road. UPDATE: The X73 was renamed T3 in January 2019 and subsequently withdrawn on 1st September 2019.

Real Time Bus Information for Bradley Stoke

Mobile friendly website

NextBuses provides live bus departure times from your bus stop by tracking buses specially fitted with GPS equipment. You can also check when your bus is due to depart before you leave work or home.

Now operational for the 73, X73 and X74 services.

Smartphone apps

Inter-city Services


Inter-city coach services between Cardiff and London have become more accessible for Bradley Stoke residents with the introduction of a stop at the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE).

Megabus.com, owned by the Stagecoach Group, offers nine journeys per day to London and eight to Cardiff from the new stop, which is located at the bus terminal within the campus.

New (from Monday 11th March 2013): Greyhound UK service between South Wales and Bristol Airport, calling at UWE.

N61 Night Owl Service

This service operates on Saturday and Sunday mornings only, providing three post-midnight journeys from the city centre to north Bristol. It operates with financial support from Bradley Stoke Town Council, Patchway Town Council and the University of the West of England.

N.B. Service SUSPENDED from April 2009, due to withdrawal of funding.

New: 73 late night service to be exteded to serve Bradley Stoke and Cribbs Causeway from 1st September 2013

Slide Bristol

Slide Bristol.

Slide Bristol is a premium, shared ride-to-work service. It’s like a cross between a bus and a taxi with all the best bits! You can book in advance using the Slide app (available for Android and iOS). It’s affordable with cheap upfront fares.

Available 6.45am-9.45am and 3.30pm-7.30pm. Book your ride in advance (or up to 10 minutes before you travel) with just a few taps using the app.

Service Operators

Useful Links

  • Traveline South West – Website for impartial information on planning your journey, by bus, coach or train … or any combination of the three!
  • 2Carshare.com– car sharing scheme organised by our local councils
    • Save the environment by reducing the number of cars on the road
    • Save time by using the 2+ lanes
    • Save up to £1000 a year by sharing costs
  • youthunltd – bus pass giving discounted travel for young people aged 14-18. Valid for use on journeys starting and ending in South Gloucestershire.
  • Diamond Travelcard scheme – If you’re 60 or over, or eligible disabled and live in England, you can apply for a bus pass providing free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.
  • Four Towns & Vale Link Community Transport – Providing safe, cost effective, accessible transport to residents and groups to complement the existing transport system.
  • Getting About Greater Bristol (Accessible Transport) – Travel information for disabled people.
  • How to complain about bus services (Citizens Advice)
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