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, Bristol International Airport

Terminal Building, Bristol International Airport
Photographer © David Martin

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, car hire, taxis, parking and other information for Bristol International Airport click here.

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Travelling Further

Car Hire

Car hire and taxis are plentiful. See the airport link here

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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! See righthand column.

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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

There is a bus service from Weston Super Mare to Bristol that calls in at the airport. Also one to Bath

There are plenty of taxis just outside the airport.

Temple Meads

Temple Meads Station, Bristol

Temple Meads Railway Station, Bristol
Photographer © Keith Edkins

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 Station

Bristol Parkway Station
Photographer © Linda Bailey

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

Road sign A38

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.

Road sign M4

the London to South Wales motorway is easily accessible.

Road sign M5

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. Check it out for yourself, what suits one does not suit another, this is only just a suggestion. There are no affiliate links.

Bristol Airport has an on site hotel which could be handy. Hampton by Hilton.

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

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.

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Other pages that may be of interest

Getting to and around Wessex

Heathrow International Airport

Gatwick International Airport

Southampton International Airport

Bournemouth International Airport

Exeter International Airport

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Bristol Airport passengers boarding

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

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Useful Information

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Public Transport

National Express

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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National Rail Journey Planner.

For train journeys all over the United Kingdom connecting the places you want to go efficiently and quickly.

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Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. In fact all over the United Kingdom.

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Bristol airport Aer Lingus

Bristol Airport Aer Lingus plane

Bristol Airport Inside

Inside Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Airport Burrington Combe

Burrington Combe

Bristol Airport Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

Bristol Airport Road roller Great Dorset Steam Fair

Road Roller at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

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