Bristol Airport is one of the bigger regional airports in the United Kingdom. While there are no intercontinental flights, there is a lot of domestic and European traffic in Bristol. With this airport guide, we’ll help you find your way around Bristol Airport.
Bristol Airport is the ninth busy airport in the United Kingdom, but is mainly dominated by low-cost carriers. There are no intercontinental flights, but several daily domestic and a few daily international flights. The biggest airlines at Bristol Airport are the following:
While Bristol Airport isn’t especially big, there are a couple of shops and restaurants at the airport. In the main check-in hall of the airport, you can find a coffee shop and some basic daily needs shops. After security, there are a couple of more options, including a big duty free shop, several restaurants, cafés and bars as well as a couple of shops.
Be aware that due to the extension of the airport, a few gates are located in a connector, which doesn’t come with any infrastructure. If you are departing from one of those, you are better off waiting in the main terminal as long as possible.
While Bristol Airport is open overnight, travellers don’t recommend sleeping at the airport according to sleepinginairports.com. While it is possible to sleep there as there a few benches, the airport is supposed to be very noisy and cold.
If you are looking for a more comfortable overnight at Bristol Airport, there is a brand new Hampton by Hilton right next to the airport. Other airport hotels, including a Holiday Inn, offer shuttle services to and from the airport.
As Bristol Airport isn’t a hub for any airline, there are no lounges of the big alliances. Instead, there are two independent airport lounges, which belong together. The more basic one is the Aspire Lounge Bristol, while the more premium one is the Aspire Plus Lounge Bristol.
The differences are rather minor, in my opinion, but the latter lounge comes with a higher entrance fee, a better buffet and more privacy. Most airlines with contracts use the normal Aspire Lounge Bristol for their Business Class and Status passengers. Priority Pass members also enjoy access to the Aspire Lounge Bristol.
While Bristol Airport is located a bit outside the city, it is well connected due to the Bristol Airport Flyer, a regular bus service. The Airport Flyer, which has the number A1 in the Bristol Bus Network, connects the airport with the Bristol Temple Meads train station via several stations near the city center.
Other bus services are connecting the airport with Bath, Keynsham and other suburbs of the bigger cities. The Bristol Flyer runs 24 hours (each hour at a minimum) and fare are 7 GBP for a single and 11 GBP for a return journey.