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Get­ting to Bris­tol Air

Bris­tol's air­port is eight miles south west of the city. Con­nec­tions in the UK and Ire­land in­clude Dublin (the key port for US trans­fers), Aberdeen, Belfast, Ed­in­burgh, Cork, Glas­gow and New­cas­tle (mainly han­dled by easy­jet). Di­rect links with cities in main­land Eu­rope in­clude the hubs of Paris, Am­s­ter­dam and Frank­furt with ad­di­tional ser­vices to Barcelona, Ber­lin, Mi­lan and Paris. A taxi from the the air­port will cost around £30; other­wise, there's the Bris­tol Air­port Flyer (flyer.bris­to­lair­port.co.uk) shut­tle bus (30 min­utes, ev­ery 10 min­utes at peak times) to the bus sta­tion and Bris­tol Tem­ple Meads train sta­tion.

Train

Train ser­vices are fast and reli­able. Di­rect con­nec­tions in­clude Lon­don Padding­ton (1 hr 40 min­utes, halfhourly), Birm­ing­ham (90 min­utes, hourly), Ed­in­burgh (6½ hours, hourly) and Bath (15 min­utes, half-hourly).

Car

Bris­tol is within easy reach of the mo­tor­way net­work. Exit the M4 at junc­tion 19 (sign­posted 'Bris­tol') and the M5 at junc­tion 18 (ini­tially sign­posted 'Bris­tol Air­port'). It's 118 miles from Lon­don; with­out too much traf­fic it would take just un­der 2½ hours.

Coach

Na­tional Ex­press and Me­gabus op­er­ate reg­u­lar ser­vices from Lon­don and other ma­jor towns and cities to Bris­tol. Check web­sites for prices and timeta­bles.

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