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About Bristol

Located in South West England, Bristol is situated around the Avon River and Frome River. Throughout history the city was among the UK’s three largest cities but later lost this characteristic. The city was used for entertainment and art organizations and has a 1,000-year-old port. It has a leading position in trade, culture, and education.

Bristol is known as one of the cities in England that receives the most sunlight. There is regular rainfall throughout the year and sometimes it even snows. Among the most important sites in the city are the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Cathedral, Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Bristol Zoo Gardens, and the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Bristol is quite popular for its carnivals, festivals, and museums. The Bristol Harbour Festival and Bristol International Balloon Fiesta host very interesting events and activities.

There are many entertainment, sports, and shopping options in the city. Most of the main roads have a special bike path; with this feature Bristol is known as England’s cycling center. Like other cities in England, fast-food culture has a strong presence in Bristol. Many worldwide restaurants have a branch in Bristol as well. The city is also rich in nightlife entertainment options. Bristol has a developed transportation network, making a day trip to London or other coastal cities very easy. The Bristol International Airport makes traveling to and from city relatively convenient.

Transportation to Bristol City Center from Airport

Bristol Airport is located only 13 km from the city center. Traveling between the airport and the city center is extremely convenient and easy. Renting a car from the airport is a great way to get to the city center and explore its surroundings. If you would like to use public transportation then you can take a train or bus to the city center. A faster and more convenient transportation alternative to get to the city center would be by taxi; taxis are readily available outside the terminal.   

Train

The airport is not directly served by rail. The main train station, Bristol Temple Meads, is located about 13 km from the airport. There are regular bus services that provide easy transportation to the station. The Airport Flyer Express buses operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bus services to the station run every 10 minutes. Buses depart from the terminal and take about 30 minutes to reach Bristol Temple Meads. At this station you can transfer to various train lines that provide direct or connecting transportation to surrounding cities.  

Bus

Buses are another convenient transportation alternative to get to the city center and other nearby cities. Buses to the city center run every 8 minutes and cost 7 pounds.

It takes about 30 minutes to get to Bristol city center by bus. Buses to Bath take about 50 minutes and run every 30 minutes. The fare for this trip is 14 pounds.

To get to Cardiff from the airport by bus takes about an hour and 20 minutes. There are 12 services a day that operate between Bristol Airport and Cardiff. The fare for this trip is 10 pounds for a one way ticket.  

To get to Exeter from Bristol Airport by bus takes about an hour and 35 minutes. The fare for this trip is 13 pounds for a one way ticket. Buses to Exeter run every hour.

To get to Plymouth from Bristol Airport by bus takes about 3 hours. The fare for this trip is 22 pounds. Buses to Plymouth run every hour.

Car

The city center is easily accessibly from Bristol Airport by car, simply follow the signs and you’ll get to the city center in about 30 minutes. There are short-term parking areas available for those who are picking up their loved ones from the airport. It costs 1 pound to wait in this area for up to 10 minutes, 3 pounds to wait for 10-20 minutes, 5 pounds to wait for 20-40 minutes, and 20 pounds to wait for 40-60 minutes. If you plan on parking your car for over an hour then you can pay up to 50 pounds. Keep in mind that this amount allows you to park your vehicle for 24 hours.

Taxi

Another convenient and quick transportation alternative to get to the city center is by taxi. Arrow Cars is the on-site taxi service at Bristol Airport. Arrow Cars operate year-round, 24 hours a day, and are readily available at the terminal exit. It takes about 30-35 minutes to get to the city center from the airport by taxi. You can pay the fare using cash or credit card. If you are traveling with a large group you can book a larger vehicle. You can get detailed information regarding the average fare to your location in the city from the airport.

Rental Car

Renting a car is a great way to get to Bristol city center from the airport. It is also a great way to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding areas. Rental car companies at the airport that you can choose from include Hertz, AVIS, National, Enterprise, Europcar, and Budget. You can rent a car from one of these offices at the airport once you land or book a vehicle in advance by making a reservation online. Rental car companies in the city may have special promotions and campaigns throughout the year that you can keep track of online. This way you could rent a car at a more advantageous price.

Airport Shuttle

Special airport shuttle services are an extremely comfortable transportation alternative to get to the city center from the airport. These services provide door-to-door transportation. You can make a reservation with one of these service provides over the phone or online. That way your vehicle will be ready and waiting for you once you land.  

Luxury Vehicles

Luxury vehicles aren’t a highly preferred method of transportation in Bristol, especially for transportation to and from the airport. One of the biggest reasons why this method isn’t frequently used is because alternatives like public transportation and taxis are an extremely comfortable and convenient way to get to the city center. Nevertheless those looking for a more elite experience can book a vehicle through luxury rental companies. 

Last Updated: November 09, 2016
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