Bristol Airport essential travel guide
Postcode for GPS: BS48 3DY

Bristol Airport was officially opened on May 31st 1930, becoming only the third civil airport in the country. Today, it is the main gateway to south-west England for air travellers.

How to get there

Car
Bristol Airport is situated eight miles south of the city centre on the A38, which can be reached via the M5 and M4 motorways.
 
Bus
Travellers who would rather let someone else do the driving can use the Airport Flyer Express Link, which is the only bus service connecting Temple Meads train station, Bristol bus station, Clifton and the airport. The journey time to the city centre is approximately 30 minutes.
 
Train
Trains are available to Temple Meads from London, Cardiff, Swindon, Swansea and other locations for people heading to Bristol from elsewhere in the UK.
 
Coach
National Express coaches operate throughout south-west England and south Wales.

The airport

The choice of dining establishments on offer at Bristol Airport includes Burger King, Starbucks, Subway, Caffe Ritazza and Dexters Restaurant.
 
It was recently announced that the base's food and drink offering is set for a £150,000 makeover designed to improve ambience, accessibility and comfort for customers. Several changes and improvements will be introduced, including the installation of distinct eating and drinking zones at Bar Zero9, the airport's largest bar.
 
Bristol Airport will be inviting its passengers to enjoy a summer of sport this year by screening games from the Euro 2012 football tournament and Olympic events at some of its eating and drinking venues.
 
There are also plenty of shops to explore at the base, such as World Duty Free, which sells skincare products, travel essentials, cosmetics, alcohol and fashion accessories, as well as brand name fragrances with discounts of up to 40 per cent.

Other facilities

Travellers who want to make their way to the departure lounge as quickly and easily as possible can use Bristol Airport's fast-track security channel, which costs £3.95 per person and provides priority access so waiting is kept to a minimum.
 
The base also offers a porter service to help arriving and departing passengers with their baggage, and an option for customers to pay a small fee to have their luggage wrapped in plastic film to protect it from wear and tear.
 
Internet access is available on broadband-connected PCs at a number of locations in the terminal, while owners of laptops and smartphones can enjoy 30 minutes of free surfing time via the airport's Wi-Fi network.
 
Users of such gadgets can also ensure their journey is as smooth as possible by using the Bristol Airport app, which features terminal guides, real-time flight information and traffic updates.

Direct Flights travel tip

Travellers can get the maximum possible value and benefit from their journey by signing up for Bristol Airport's Rewards scheme, which provides advantages such as discounts on airport parking, money off vouchers and flight promotions for members.

Hotels nearby

Acorns Guest House, the Old Chaff Mill and Stoneleigh bed-and-breakfast are all located less than half a mile from Bristol Airport.
 
There is more choice available to travellers who are willing to stay within a few miles of the base, with options such as the Winford Manor Hotel, the Holiday Inn Bristol Airport and Bridgwater Farm all less than four miles away.