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The exciting city of Bristol in the West Country of England is considered to be the fourth top visitor destination. Many holidaymakers as well as business travelers choose to fly to Bristol Airport which is around seven miles south west of the city centre. It was built on the site of a former RAF airfield and opened in 1957 as Bristol (Lulsgate) Airport. In 1997 it changed its name to Bristol International and now handles flights from more than eighty destinations around the world. Major airlines such as KLM, Air France, Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways arrange air travel to the city from Edinburgh, Lisbon, Barcelona, Prague, Riga and Glasgow to name but a few.
Many passengers stay in cheap hotels as well as low cost bed and breakfast (b&b) accommodation, close by the departure and arrival hall. Guests can expect spacious guest rooms with some budget friendly properties providing a free shuttle service to and from the terminal which is often included in the price.
Places to Stay -before or after Your Trip
One of the cheapest b&b’s next to the airport is Acorns Guest House. This budget accommodation is situated very close to Bristol Airport and offers free shuttle transfers (24 hours). At this cheap b&b you can leave your car after you check out at an additional cost. On your return you can be collected from outside the airport terminal building and taken to your car.
Check also availability, room amenities, facilities, … for popular luxury 4 star Cadbury House Hotel. This top quality and boutique style accommodation is situated in Avon, Bristol, just under 4 miles from the M5 motorway and 5 miles from Bristol Airport.
Set in beautiful grounds, the Cadbury Hotel & Spa enjoys wonderful views across the Bristol Channel and beyond. Hotel very good located, away from it all but within easy reach of a number of attractions, airport and the beach.
How to get there
Unfortunately there is no direct train link between the terminal building and the city, however there is a reliable flyer bus service. Buses are available every ten minutes taking approximately thirty five minutes to reach the city centre.
It only costs round about 11 pounds for a return ticket or a 7 pound fare for one way travel. If traveling by car the airport is well signposted from the M5 and you won’t have any problem with parking spaces once you arrive.
There’s also a taxi rank just outside the arrivals hall. Remember to ask the price for the cost of travel to your bed and breakfast, hostel or hotel accommodation before setting off. Of course one of the reasons to stay in cheap b&b’s or hotels close by is to save on the cost of transport.
You won’t have to pay for parking or in many cases a shuttle service, when staying in cheap places to stay. What’s more guests can expect modern and comfortable rooms in Bristol bed and breakfast establishments.
Why stay within close distance?
Making reservations for rooms not far away from the airport will give you more time to see many of Bristol’s top attractions. Pay a visit to the Zoo Gardens, the museum, art galleries or the Old Vic which is the oldest working theater in the UK.
Shopaholics will have plenty of choice in Cabot Circus, Bristol’s latest and largest shopping complex which has an amazing array of shops, cafes, restaurants and even a thirteen screen cinema. The good news is there is an extensive selection of attractive b&b’s and affordable hotel accommodation for a night to suit all tastes and budgets within fifteen minutes of the airport. Popular in the city is also renting a serviced apartment for 1 night, a weekend or a few nights.
To save cash, why not reserve bed and breakfast accommodation which includes a free shuttle service to the airport? This will save you for having to pay for airport parking fees which can be quite expensive, depending on the length of stay.
Airfield in Lulsgate Bottom England UK
Name : Bristol Airport (formerly known as Bristol International Airport)
Location : the terminal is situated at Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, about 8 miles or 13 km southwest of the city centre.
The nearest other airports serving the area is Gloucestershire (GLO), 41 miles away. GLO has international flights from Gloucester United Kingdom. Cardiff has international and domestic flights from the city of Cardiff in Wales, and is around 59 miles away.
Address : Bristol BS48 3DY, England, United Kingdom (UK)
IATA Code : BRS
Terminals : one passenger terminal.
Postcode District : BS48 3DY
Serves : Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset
Region : South West England
County : Bristol – Somerset
Tel. : +44 871 334 4444
Nearest Railway Station is Temple Meads train station, about 7 miles away. BRS is connected to the rail station by The Airport Flyer Express Link service. Temple Meads has frequent train services to London Paddington, Bath rail hub in Somerset, the city centre train station in Cardiff Wales and Cornwall.
At Bristol Bus Station you can connect to the Airport Flyer Express Link, which takes you directly to the terminal building. The 404 overnight National Express service stops outside the terminal building. Also a daily bus service runs from Weston-super-Mare and Bath to the airport.
Bristol International is easy accessible via the A38.
Nearest Hotels : in the towns and villages of Lulsgate Bottom, Redhill, Brockley, Winford, Congresbury, Langford, Blagdon, Yatton and Churchill.
Things to do and see nearby
Tall Pines Golf Club (Cooks Bridle Path, Backwell BS48 3DJ, England UK): golf course with some challenging holes.
West Country Games (Gatcombe Farm, Weston Road, Flax Bourton BS48 3QT, England): amusement centre. There are lots of inflatables, with bungee ropes, catapults, a giant swingball, etc..
Delta Force Paintball South Bristol (Off Brockley Combe Rd, Backwell BS48 3DF, England): paintball venue close to the airport. The game zones are well designed.
Ashton Court (Long Ashton, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol BS18 9JN, England): sixteenth-century house and deer park. It is a beautiful place to wander round and relax. Lovely wedding venue and site of the balloon festival.