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Although it’s small, Bristol is a well-connected airport served by major budget airlines including easyJet, Ryanair, BMI Regional, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook, Flybe, Air Malta and British Airways. Between them, these airlines offer cracking cheap flights into Bristol from European cities such as Paris, Rome, Brussels, Barcelona and Amsterdam, as well as other UK cities and the Channel Islands.
The frequency of these flights depends on the destination but most domestic and European city direct flights to Bristol operate daily or several times a week.
If you’re unable to get a direct flight to Bristol from your home city or town, there’s always the option of catching a flight to one of London’s airports – Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), City (LCY), Stansted (STN) or Luton (LTN) – or to Birmingham (BHX), Cardiff (CWL) or Manchester (MAN), before hiring a car or catching a train or coach to Bristol.
Bristol is well connected to other major UK cities by direct train and coach services, Megabus being the cheapest option. And if you’re driving, it’s only a two-and-half hour journey from central London.
You don’t have to take to the skies to get to Bristol. The Eurotunnel runs a fast and frequent service across the Channel from Calais to Folkestone, while there are plenty of ferries that plough across from various parts of mainland Europe, including France and Spain, to reach Dover, Southampton and Portsmouth.
From these UK coastal cities, you’re once again spoilt for choice for train connections and cheap coaches to Bristol.
If you’re planning a European or worldwide adventure beyond your stay in Bristol, you can use the airport as a stepping stone to hop across to Palma in Mallorca (two hours 20 minutes), Italy (two hours 30 minutes), Gibraltar (two hours 45 minutes), Iceland (three hours), Greece (four hours), Cape Verde (six hours) and other exotic destinations.
However, flights to some of these destinations are limited to peak season, so bear this in mind when booking flights from Bristol.