Flying to Bristol is often the best way to visit the West Country's centrepiece. Passengers can reach the city from plenty of UK cities, including Newcastle, Inverness, Aberdeen, Belfast, and Glasgow. Flights are plentiful, journeys are short, and Bristol Airport is well connected to the city (or London), making onward travel easy.
All flights to Bristol will touch down at Bristol Airport, which is only around 8 miles southwest of Bristol itself. Flyer Buses run from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads - the city's primary railway station. With a journey time of 30 minutes, and buses departing every 10 minutes, transfers are simple. And passengers can also easily continue their journeys with trains to Cardiff, London, or beyond.
Flights to Bristol from UK destinations are provided by easyJet, Ryanair, LoganAir and flyBe, as well as Aurigny, which runs services from Guernsey. Additionally, TUI and Thomas Cook provide connections from popular holiday spots, while there are a few flights from cities like Katowice, Dublin, and Amsterdam.
Flying is an excellent option for those who need to make longer journeys within the UK. It's not the best option for those coming from London, Birmingham, or Brighton, who may prefer rail or bus connections. But it's ideal for travelling to Bristol from Scotland, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, or the Channel Islands. Passengers have a wide choice of fares, with plenty of budget tickets on offer, and finding a convenient departure time shouldn't be hard. Add in easy transfers from Bristol Airport, and the option of continuing to London if needed, and flying is often the perfect route to Bristol.
Before they visit Bristol, travellers should get to know the local bus system, as it's the best way to get around (and very extensive). GWR Freedom Travel Passes are often a good investment, providing unlimited daily travel on trains and buses within the metropolitan area. With that in hand, be sure to see the SS Great Britain, the excellent M Shed Museum, and the vibrant Docks neighbourhood. The bohemian shops and cafes of Stokes Croft are well worth exploring, and anyone who loves photography will want to climb up to Clifton to take some snaps of the famous suspension bridge.