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Getting to and from Bristol Airport (BRS) is simple, as the airport is only eight miles away from the city centre. Bristol’s transfer service – the Airport Flyer Express – collects you from the airport and stops at Bristol Temple Meads railway station (pick-up and drop-off at stop 8/9), Bristol Bus & Coach Station and Cabot Circus shopping centre.
This transfer service to Bristol runs 24/7, every eight minutes at peak times and takes around 30 minutes. A single fare will set you back £7 and return tickets are valid for one month. A journey to the city centre by taxi, meanwhile, takes about 20 minutes and should cost £25-£30.
The local bus service, operated by First Group, is a cheap and handy way of getting around Bristol. There’s even a night service should you fancy a night on the tiles without the hassle of driving (or stumbling) back to your hotel.
You can buy a one-day, one-week or one-month Freedom Travel Pass, which gains you unlimited travel on most bus services in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. You can also use these passes to travel between the train stations dotted around the city, including the main one: Temple Meads. Find out more at the Tourist Information Centre on the Harbourside.
Speaking of buses, how about catching an open-top double decker to see the sights of the city? Bristol Insight operates hugely popular guided tours around Bristol – taking in Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain among other attractions – and allows you to hop on or off at any one of its 20 stops on the one-hour-15-minute tour. Tickets are valid for two days, so you can split up your sightseeing time if you wish.
Did you know that Bristol was England’s first cycling city? Look around and you’ll notice there are bikes everywhere, so why not join in and hire a bike for getting around Bristol on?
There are several rental companies to choose from, including Cycle the City, located on the Harbourside. They have a handsome fleet of Pashley cycles, complete with baskets, bells and Brooks saddles, with which to navigate Bristol’s excellent cycle paths.