Bristol Airport is an international transportation hub for passengers travelling from the South West of England and Wales. With Bristol’s excellent train links, many choose to take the train over driving to save money and time. Located in North Somerset, 8 miles southwest of Bristol city, the airport is easy to get to from Bristol’s main train station, Bristol Temple Meads.

A convenient Bristol Airport Flyer shuttle bus can take you from Bristol to Bristol Airport terminal in just half-an-hour. Direct trains run to Bristol Temple Meads, from Cardiff, Bath, Exeter, and Penzance. This makes Bristol Airport accessible from the whole of South West England and Wales.

Read on to learn more about buying train tickets, timetables and possible connections.

Getting to Bristol Airport by train

Trainline makes it easy to book cheap train tickets to Bristol Airport terminal. This will save you time and money on taxis and airport parking, meaning more cash to spend on your holiday. We recommend you book well in advance of travelling to get the cheapest fares. National Railcards can also save you an extra 1/3 off an adult’s journey and 60% off a kid’s one.

Bristol Temple Meads station is an easy option for passengers travelling to Bristol Airport. A Great Western Railway train connects the station to London Paddington, Cardiff, Bath and the south coast, while a South Western Railway runs direct from London Waterloo. If you’re coming from further afield, CrossCountry trains also run from Exeter, Paignton, Plymouth, Penzance, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

From Bristol Temple Meads, you can take the Bristol Airport Flyer shuttle bus to Bristol Airport. The journey takes 30 minutes. The bus runs 7 days a week, through day and night and every 10 minutes during peak times. Bus tickets cost £7 for a single and £11 for a return. Children and students can travel cheaper, and a reduced cost family pass is also available. The bus stops just outside the Bristol Airport terminal.

For those who have an early flight the next day, there’s a Hampton by Hilton hotel only 250 metres walking distance from the terminal building.

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Things to do in Bristol Airport

Bristol services 7.5 million passengers per year and is Britain’s 5th largest regional airport. It is also the largest airport in the South West of England and Wales, and so it has plenty of shops, eateries and places to relax. Once you enter Bristol Airport terminal, you’ll find the shops, check-in desks and ticket desks on the ground floor, in the same area as arrivals. You’ll need to go upstairs to get to the security gates.

A duty-free store can be found after security with a selection of confectionary, alcohol, souvenirs and other products. After that, the shops and coffee shops are on the same floor, while the restaurants and bars are in the mezzanine above.

For food and drink, there’s a Starbucks, Burger King, Soho Coffee Company, Brunel Bar & Kitchen and a Dexter’s Restaurant. Bristol Airport terminal also has plenty to cater to shoppers such as Dixons Travel, JD Sports, Superdrug, WHSmith and other stores.

If you’re planning a holiday in Europe, then why not take the train for a memorable experience? You can use Trainline to book cheap fares to major European cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Brussels, Barcelona and Rome.