Bristol International Airport
Bristol Airport Overview
Bristol Airport was opened in 1930 by Prince George, son of King George V. 935 passengers traveled through the airport in its first year, compared with more than 6 million passengers in 2008. Further expansion of the airport is planned which will increase these figures yet further.
The airport is situated at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, some 8 miles south of the City of Bristol. It can be reached from either junction 18 or 22 of the M5 motorway, although it is still a good 15 to 20 minute drive from either junction, so time must be allowed for this part of the journey. Shuttle buses run from Bristol Temple Meads train station to the airport, which have a journey time of approximately 30 minutes.
Local comedian Justin Lee Collins recently recorded a tannoy announcement at the airport which passengers will hear upon arrival at the terminal, saying simply “Welcome to Bristol Airport, please mind the stairs”.
Bristol Airport Parking
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Bristol Airport offer secure on-site parking, both for short and long-term parking. They operate a number of car parks, and those that are a little way from the terminal such as the “Silver zone” car park which is the cheapest option for stays of four days or more, offer a free shuttle bus to carry you and your luggage to the main terminal.
The Long stay car park is suited for stays longer than 24 hours, and also offers a free 24 hour courtesy bus to the main airport, which takes 3 or 4 minutes.
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Car Hire companies operating out of Bristol International Airport include Holiday Autos, Opodo, Auto Europe, Easycar, eCarz, Argus Carhire, Hertz, ebookers, Car Hire 3000, and hirecars.co.uk.
Bristol Airport Hotels
There are a number of hotels close to Bristol Airport, including the Redwood Hotel and Country Club, the Holiday Inn Bristol Airport just three miles from the main terminal, and the charming Premier Inn Bristol Airport.
Bristol Airport has seen some serious expansion in recent years, and now flys to a huge variety of countries and destinations through mainland Europe, including Nice, Paris, Berlin, Corfu, Budapest, Milan, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. There are also transatlantic flights with Continental Airlines to New York and charter flights to Orlando, Florida.
Airlines flying out of Bristol include easyJet, Flybe, Ryainair, KLM, Air Malta and Skybus. Thomas Cook, Airtours, Cosmos, My Travel and Thomson all operate as tour operators from Bristol Airport.
Taxis are available from outside the main passenger terminal. Black cabs can seat up five people with luggage, depending on its size.
The nearest Train Station to Bristol Airport is Bristol Temple Meads, some seven miles away. Shuttle buses run from the train station to the airport every 15 minutes at peak times, and the journey takes around 30 minutes.
National Express offer nationwide coach services to Bristol coach station where you can connect to the “Bristol International Flyer” shuttle bus to the airport. You can book a combined coach/flyer connection ticket with National Express.
There are several taxi companies in the Bristol area that can take you to and from Bristol Airport. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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