Bristol International Airport

Bristol International Airport is about 14 miles from Bristol itself at Lulsgate Bottom on the A38. It is one of the fastest growing airports in the United Kingdom.

Bristol itself is a large city and a unitary authority geographically on the edge of Somerset so therefore can be considered in Wessex.

Terminal Building at Bristol Airport
Terminal Building at Bristol International Airport

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The airport is not large as international airports go but it is is easily navigable and friendly. However it handles flights from all over the world – USA, Europe, Caribbean, Egypt, Gambia, Morocco, Tunisia, as well as from within the United Kingdom itself making this airport a very useful Wessex access point.

For information regarding terminal maps and other information for Bristol International Airport click here

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Travelling Further

Car Hire

Car hire and taxis are plentiful

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By coach

Coaches call in at the airport. With these coaches not only Wessex but the whole of Britain is at your feet. There are not many places they do not operate to!

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Rail Transport

One of the problems with Bristol International Airport is its accessibility to rail transport. It is available but from Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway stations in Bristol itself.

However there is shuttle transport. Two services operate both owned by First Group transport who are also part owners of Bristol International Airport.

Bristol International Flyer can be booked as part of a railway journey. It is a bus services to Temple Meads Station, Bristol Bus Station and Clifton

First Bus run the 121 bus service from Weston Super Mare to Bristol that calls in at the airport.

There are plenty of taxis just outside the airport.

Temple Meads

Temple Meads railway station Bristol
Temple Meads railway station Bristol

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Temple Meads station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was also responsible for the Great Western Railway, the design of SS Great Britain which can be seen in Bristol Harbour, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol and many other innovative major design projects of the era.

First Great Western operate services from Temple Meads to Paddington, London, Cardiff Central, the South Coast. Weston Super Mare, Taunton and Gloucester.

South Western Trains run services to Waterloo, London Cross Country Trains run very handy services to Plymouth in Devon Penzance in Cornwall and also to Birmingham and Manchester.

Bristol Parkway

This station is in the north of Bristol. It is on the main South Wales line.

Bristol Parkway
Photograph by Geof Sheppard in the public domain.

First Great Western run services to Weston Super Mare, Paddington, London, Cardiff Central, Swansea, Gloucester, Westbury, Great Malvern and Weymouth.

Cross Country Services operate services to Manchester, Plymouth and Edinburgh

Most of the country is accessible from these two stations.

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By Road

A38 road sign
is the road that runs alongside the airport. It is an ancient road. Nowadays it is nearly 300 miles long and runs from Nottinghamshire to Cornwall. A useful road to access the southwest of Wessex.

M4 road sign

the London to South Wales motorway is easily accessible. As is the

M5 road sign
which runs from close to Birmingham to Exeter in Devon. A useful road to the south west.

A4 road sign
to Bath is via Bristol. This is the same A4 that services Heathrow International Airport.

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Car Parking

Bristol International airport  offer an airport parking service.

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Accommodation near Bristol International Airport

Bristol and environs has plenty of accommodation of all types, but it is advisable to book in the summer.

Turning south on the A38? Want an airport to rest up after the journey or as a base to explore Cheddar, Wookey Hole, Bath, Wells, Weston Super Mare etc? It would be hard to find a more delightful one than the Lyncombe Lodge Hotel, Churchill. To get there turn south on the A38 until you reach the Churchill traffic lights. Turn right there on to the A368 and it is about a mile on your left. Less than six miles from the airport all told.

If not - there is plenty of accommodation around the area and in Bristol itself. See the right hand column.

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Besides Bath and all of beautiful Somerset it is quite simple to reach the whole of Wessex from Bristol making it an ideal entry point.

Heathrow Express
Bristol Harbour

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Other pages that may be of interest

Getting to and around Wessex

Best flights to South West England

Heathrow International Airport

Gatwick International Airport

Southampton International Airport

Bournemouth International Airport

Exeter International Airport

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Return from Bristol International Airport to Home

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Passengers boarding at Bristol Airport
Passengers boarding at Bristol Airport
Photograph by Arpingstone in the public domain.

Useful Information


Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably even find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!

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Please note that National Express coach services have been suspended due to the current pandemic.

Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!

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Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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Aer Lingus plane, Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport Aer lingus plane

Inside Bristol Airport
Inside Bristol Airport

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Burrington Combe
Burrington Combe

Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral

Road Roller at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Road Roller at the Great Dorset Steam Fair