Trains from Bristol Airport
If you’re flying in to Bristol Airport, then the train can be a convenient way of getting to your final destination. Bristol Airport terminal has excellent transport links to the South West of England and Wales. This can save you money and time. The airport is in North Somerset, 8 miles southwest of Bristol city centre. It’s easy to get from Bristol Airport to Bristol.
In fact, a convenient Bristol Airport Flyer shuttle bus runs from Bristol Airport to Bristol Temple Meads. The journey takes just half-an-hour. From Bristol Temple Meads, you can then take direct trains to Cardiff, Bath, Exeter and Penzance. This puts the whole of South West England and Wales within easy reach.
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Getting to Bristol from Bristol Airport by train
With Trainline, you can book cheap train tickets from Bristol Temple Meads to anywhere within mainland UK. This will save you time and money on taxis and airport parking, which is great if you’re a little short of cash after your holiday. Trainline recommends you book well in advance of your journey for the lowest fares. National Railcards can save you 1/3 off adult fares and 60% off fares for kids.
You can take the convenient Bristol Airport Flyer shuttle bus from Bristol Airport to Bristol Temple Meads station, just outside the city centre. 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. You can catch the bus from just outside Bristol Airport terminal. The bus journey takes 30 minutes.
From Bristol Temple Meads, the rest of the UK is within easy reach. A Great Western Railway train connects the station to London Paddington, Cardiff, Bath and the south coast, while a South Western Railway runs direct to London Waterloo. If you’re travelling further afield, CrossCountry trains also run to Exeter, Paignton, Plymouth, Penzance, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
If your flight is arriving late or you have an early train the next morning, you can stay in the Hampton by Hilton hotel, only 250 metres walk from the terminal building.
Useful travel tips
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Things to do in Bristol and its surrounding areas
Bristol Temple Meads is only 15 minutes’ walk from Broadmead, Bristol’s shopping area. The walk will take you along the River Avon and through Castle Park, where you can find the Gothic ruins of Bristol Castle. Or, from Castle Park, you can follow the river to the southwest until you reach Brunel’s SS Great Britain. This Victorian steamship is said to be the world’s first great ocean liner and it has a museum on board.
North of here, is Brandon Hill on top of which stands the Cabot Tower. Built in 1897, you can climb this tower for an excellent 360-degree view of Bristol. Further west and a little north of this, just beyond the Bristol Downs, lies Clifton Suspension bridge. Based on an early design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the bridge is 412 metres long and offers impressive views of the River Avon and Avon Gorge. Clifton, the area nearby, is an excellent location for cafes and bars.
The ancient Roman city, Bath, and the capital city of Wales, Cardiff, are also easy to get to from Bristol Temple Meads. Added to which, Bristol is a gateway to Devon and Cornwall counties, two areas of outstanding natural beauty.