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Basic information

  • Area: 110 km² (42.5 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +44117
  • Currency: Pound Sterling - GBP (£)
  • Population (EST): 421,300
  • Official language: English
  • Time Zone: GMT (UTC0)

Bristol – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Bristol is served by Bristol Airport which is located around 8 miles south west of the city centre. As a major hub for many airlines, the airport operates flights to many major European destinations. There are a number of transport links between the airport and downtown Bristol, including taxis and buses. Taxis can be hailed from outside the Arrivals Terminal, but be sure to use only official vehicles. The journey takes around 25 minutes depending on traffic and costs £20. The Bristol Flyer bus runs frequent services between the airport, railways station and city centre. The fare is usually around £6 and the journey to downtown takes around 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from kiosks, via the internet or when boarding the bus.


One of the most scenic ways to travel around the city is by boat. Operated by Bristol Ferry Boat Company, services run across two routes; from the centre to Temple Meads station and Hotwells, stopping a couple of times a long the way. Boats run roughly every hour, with a reduced service during winter months. A single trip ticket is around £1.50, or alternatively visitors can buy a £6 travel card that allows unlimited travel for day.


Bristol has an extensive fleet of buses that traverse the city and surrounding suburbs. Running from the main Parkway Station, services go to the main city destinations such as Clifton, Whiteladies Road, Bristol Zoo and Temple Meads every few minutes. Operated by First Bristol, single trip tickets are a flat fare of £1.55, whilst daily, weekly and monthly travel cards are available for added convenience. Tickets can be bought from newsagents, kiosks or from the bus driver. Long distance buses also arrive and depart from Parkway, with services to many regional destinations including Birmingham, London, Exeter, Oxford and Bath. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal building or via contacting the bus companies (National Express) directly.


There are many official taxis that operate throughout Bristol, which can be hailed on the street, from a taxi stand or pre-booked by telephone. All licensed vehicles are fitted with meters and fares a standard and set by the local council, but due to heavy traffic, trip costs can be expensive.


Bristol Temple Meads station is the city’s largest and an important hub for UK trains. Direct daily services run to most major destinations including London, Plymouth, Exeter, Glasgow and Birmingham. Tickets can be purchased online via rail operators or at the station.