Bristol Airport Information (BIA)
Bristol International Airport (BIA) is the largest airport in the southwest of England and is a substantial single-terminal facility, handling in excess of three million passengers a year. Both schedule and charter airlines operate out of Bristol International, travelling to major cities and holiday destinations throughout Europe and the Canary Islands.Business services and facilities at Bristol International Airport can be found at the well-equipped Media Centre, with its conference room, and the airport’s two executive lounges. The British Airways and Servisair executive lounges have telephone, fax and internet access as well as complimentary refreshments. Cash machines are located throughout the airport and there is also a bureau de change service. In addition, a postal service and baby-changing rooms are available, together with a games zone. Cafés and restaurants provide sustenance, while several duty-free shops and other shopping options are also on-site.
Transport options for getting to Bristol from Bristol International Airport (BIA) include three bus and coach services including efficient public buses to the city centre and National Express coaches to destinations farther afield. There is no rail service from the airport, but the Bristol International Flyer (shuttle bus) runs to Bristol’s Temple Meads Station every 20 minutes. Taxis are also readily available.
Address: Bristol, BS48 3DY, UK
Tel: +44 371 334 4444
Business, VIP & Wifi
Business facilities are offered at Bristol International Airport (BIA) in the executive lounges, while Wifi is available in the Departures Lounge on the first floor of the terminal building to those with enabled laptop computers.
Business centres: although Bristol International Airport does not have a business centre as such, there is a conference centre and executive lounges with business facilities, while the nearby Holiday Inn Bristol Airport offers excellent services for business travellers. Three conference rooms are available at the hotel as well as 24-hour courtesy shuttle access. The Conference Office at the Holiday Inn Bristol Airport can be contacted.
Meeting rooms: the Media Centre at Bristol International Airport (BIA) is a professional conference and meeting facility, and is available for hire. The conference room overlooks the airfield and has the capacity to manage large meetings. The Media Centre can be pre-booked by calling a member of the Business Support team.
VIP: there are two VIP rooms at Bristol International Airport, which are located on the Mezzanine level, between the ground floor and the first floor. The British Airways and Servisair executive lounges have basic business services and are available to business-class passengers. Facilities include televisions, telephones, fax machines and internet access; refreshments are also available.
Internet: Wifi is the perfect option for those wishing to surf the internet while waiting for their departure. Simply configure your laptop and pay by credit card when a signal is found. The airport offers a hi-speed service and several hotels near the airport also offer wireless internet access in their rooms and public areas.
There is a large demand for hire cars at Bristol International Airport (BIA) from travellers and businesspeople alike and the nearby motorways allow for easy access to all parts of the UK. Four major car hire companies are represented in the Short-Term Car Park at Bristol Airport including: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and National.
It is best to pre-book your hire car at Bristol International Airport as demand in the summer and during conferences is high. On-the-spot car rental at the airport is also possible and car hire companies will furnish you with the necessary return date paperwork and maps of the area.
Babies: baby-changing facilities can be found in two of the ground floor toilets and there is a separate baby-changing room on the mezzanine level and many more available in the Departures Lounge on the first floor. Baby-changing rooms come with retractable benches for babies to lie on.
Children: Bristol International Airport (BIA) comes with several games zones to keep restless children happy; they are located in the Departures Lounge on the first floor. The games zones are equipped with the latest video arcade machines as well as a selection of small children’s rides.
Mothers: there are plenty of opportunities for mothers to enjoy Bristol International Airport’s facilities, with the excellent Claire’s Accessories and Dorothy Perkins situated on the first floor as well as the Nuance Duty and Tax Free Shopping area offering good deals on perfumes and jewellery in Departures. A range of eateries throughout the airport provide several options for hungry women, while WH Smith has a comprehensive collection of books and magazines as well as colouring books for kids.
The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.
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Bristol International Airport (BIA) is 7.5 miles southwest of Bristol on the main A38 Bridgwater Road, while the M4, M5 and M32 motorways converge on Bristol and allow for efficient access to other parts of the country.
From the north: heading southwest along the M5 motorway, exit southeast onto the A4 at Junction 18. Head towards Bristol and then take the A38 southwest via the A3029 and Brunel way. Continue along the A38 and turn right for the airport.
From the south: the M5 motorway approaches from the south and the southwest. Exit the M5 at Junction 22 onto the A38 northeast. The airport is about 15 miles from the M5 along the A38.
From the east: take the M4 west and the M5 south as far as Junction 18. Exit onto the A4 Bristol road and turn right onto Brunel way and the A3029 before reaching Bristol. The A3029 joins with the A38 southwest, which runs to the airport.
From the west: from South Wales (westerly/northwesterly direction), cross the Severn Bridge via the M4 motorway and then fork onto the M49 motorway (southeast); this will lead you to the M5 south. Exit the M5 at Junction 18 and then follow the A4, A3029 and the A38 to Bristol International Airport.
Bristol International Airport (BIA) has a wide range of passenger facilities in its single terminal, for the use of both those on business and those travelling for pleasure. There are convenient eating, drinking and shopping options, as well as conveniently located cash machines and a bureau de change. Two executive lounges offer extra comfort and basic business facilities for members, while Wifi in Departures provides Internet access.
Money: cash machines are located throughout the terminal and a Travelex bureaux de change booths are located before and after security. The Media Centre provides conference and business facilities and is available for hire, while the British Airways Lounge and the Servisair Lounge (open: Sunday – Friday, 05:00 – 20.30;
Saturday – 05:00 – 12.30) offer telephones and fax machines as well as internet access and email facilities.
Services: a post box is located near the Flying Visit convenience store in Arrivals on the ground floor, while baby-changing rooms and a games zone are also on-site.
Smoking: there are two designated smoking areas, one in the bar and the other near the seating area in Departures. It is now an offence to smoke in enclosed public areas in the UK, unless they are designated for smoking.
Bristol boasts several quality hotel establishments in the city centre that are well appointed, with excellent visitor and business facilities. Although there are not that many hotels located near to the airport (The Holiday Inn Bristol Airport is the closest), public transport to the city is good and most hotels are quick to get to.
Town And Country Lodge (three-star)
The Town and Country Lodge is only 10 minutes from Bristol Airport and 24-hour courtesy taxis are available for transport to the hotel on request; 15 days free parking is also on offer at the hotel parking lot. Facilities include a restaurant and nightclub, private bathrooms, telephone, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, an iron and trouser press and a hairdryer.
Check in: 14.00. Check out: 10.30 More details and reservation online
Bristol Days Inn (three-star)
The Bristol Days Inn is about a 20-minute drive from the airport and comes with a courtesy 24-hour taxi service as well as 15 days free parking. Facilities at the hotel include a 24-hour restaurant, en-suite rooms, television, radio, telephone, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 12.00 (earlier on request). Check out: 14.00 More details and reservation online
Novotel Bristol (four-star)
The Novotel Bristol is a quality 100-room-plus facility in the heart of Bristol, located near Temple Meads Railway Station. The Novotel Bristol features free parking and extensive facilities including a bar lounge area, informal restaurant, meeting rooms, laundry service, a 24-hour front desk, currency exchange, express check out, solarium and a fitness suite.
Check in: 15:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online
Holiday Inn Bristol Airport (three-star)
The Holiday Inn Bristol Airport is located near to Bristol International Airport amid striking countryside and it comes with a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service. All rooms are en-suite and feature direct dial telephones, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, colour TV with in-house movies and internet connection. There is also a dedicated 24-hour lounge.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online
Bristol International Airport (BIA) has a good complement of personnel including information, security and porter assistance staff. The information desk is located in the main atrium and staff can provide useful and relevant information on flights, airport facilities, transportation options and accommodation in Bristol.
Bristol International Airport (BIA) has excellent parking options, with all types of parking provided. There is short-term, long-term, business, disabled and motorcycle parking available at the airport, with easy pay options via credit and Maestro cards.
Short term: the Short-Term Car Park is located near to the terminal entrance and charges are levied hourly up to a daily maximum. In addition, there is the Rapid Car Park, which is situated even closer to the terminal and is best used for pick-ups and drop-offs. The first 10 minutes are free, but prices are then relatively expensive and a daily rate applies to all those who park for longer than 3 hours.
Long term: Bristol International Airport (BIA) offers two long-term car parks. One is located near to the terminal and is for stays of a maximum of 6 days, while the other, the Park and Fly Silverzone Car Park, is for those who plan on staying away for 7 days or more. Free shuttle buses run from both car parks to the terminal.
Business: the Navigator Car Park is aimed at frequent business travellers to Bristol International Airport (BIA) and discounts are offered to members and frequent flyers. You can book spaces at this car park.
Special needs: the short-term and long-term car parks have dedicated parking for those with special needs. The spaces in these car parks are convenient and are located close to the terminal entrance. In addition, wheelchair-accessible buses are on hand to transport disabled drivers to the terminal. For assistance, call Bristol International Airport Customer Services beforehand
Shops & Eating
Restaurants and bars: a good supply of eateries is located on all three floors of the airport terminal including the ground floor, mezzanine level and the fist floor. Passengers will find several cafés, restaurants and fast-food outlets before and after security, with The Food Village, Delice de France, Burger King and Subway located before security and several restaurants, coffee bars and bars situated airside.
Convenience items: shoppers are well catered for at Bristol International Airport (BIA), where both the domestic and international areas have at least one shop of some description. Shops include WH Smith, Dorothy Perkins and a substantial duty-free outlet in Departures.
Duty free shopping: passengers will find a comprehensive selection of tax-free goods at the Nuance Tax and Duty Free store, which is located in the integrated domestic and international Departures area on the first floor. Items available include electronic gadgets, perfumes, tobacco and alcohol.
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Bristol International Airport (BIA) conforms to European standards for mobility assistance and thus it has very good facilities for disabled passengers and the hearing impaired to ensure ease of movement throughout the terminal building. Special assistance is available prior to arrival.
The airport meets with international standards laid down for those in wheelchairs and features include wide aisles and doorways for ease of mobility, lifts to all floors, wheelchairs available on request, specially adapted toilets and lowered telephones, an induction loop system and designated disabled persons’ parking spaces. If those with special needs require assistance, calling their respective airline ahead of time will ensure their needs will be met without unnecessary delays.
Bristol International Airport (BIA) has an induction loop system, which works by amplifying announcements for those passengers who are wearing hearing aids. Foreign exchange booths and the information desk are also equipped with induction loop systems.
For the blind, it is best to call the airport ahead of time to arrange for extra assistance if required. Braille signs have been installed to assist the blind at various important points around the airport including in the restrooms and at telephones.
Bristol is the largest city in southwest England, an area known as the West Country, and boasts quality historical attractions and superb shopping and nightlife. The city centre is a delight for strolling, where pedestrianised shopping streets and there is delectable architecture abound.
• The biggest attraction in Bristol is the awesome Clifton Suspension Bridge, which was designed and built by English engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 19th century.
• The SS Great Britain was the world’s first great ocean liner and is now moored near the foot of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
• Bristol Cathedral is one of Bristol’s star attractions, a magnificent 19th century structure with a medieval core.
• Another house of worship worthy of exploration is the stunning church of St Mary Redcliffe, located near the town centre.
• Corn street is Bristol’s old commercial centre and it comes complete with fine Georgian buildings including the Corn Exchange and the lively St Nicholas’ Market.
• There are several museums in the city including At-Bristol, a vibrant waterfront education and entertainment complex featuring details on Bristol’s pull during the industrial revolution.
Eating and Shopping: Bristol University has certainly had an impact on the eating and shopping prowess of Bristol, with the Quarters area offering numerous cafés, restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs that offer a unique atmosphere. King street offers the best of the city’s pubs and bars, while Park street, Queen’s road and Whiteladies road have the pick of the wine bars and quality restaurants.
Shopping options in Bristol are excellent, with fashion, jewellery, crafts and antiques all available. Bristol’s West End, Clifton Village and Whiteladies road have a good supply of the above items, as does the St Nicholas’ Market on Corn street, a 250-plus year old market with lots of ambience. Broadmead Shopping Centre and The Galleries on the outskirts of Bristol have the best of the usual big brand name stores.
Day trips and tours: Bath is probably the biggest nearby attraction to Bristol, famed for its Roman spas and elegant Pump Room. Bath is only a few minutes’ drive southeast of Bristol and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Just to the northeast of Bristol are the beautiful Cotswold Hills, where there are many quaint and typical English country villages and lots of opportunity to go walking on the shallow hills. The valley of the River Severn is also in the region.
Weston-super-Mare is one of the UK’s most popular traditional seaside resorts and is not far to the southwest of Bristol. Attractions here are ideal for the whole family and include the excellent Sealife Centre, the Helicopter Museum and a lovely beach for the summer months.
Glastonbury is also fairly close to Bristol, a place of myths and legends and the birthplace of Christianity in England. Glastonbury Abbey still holds great appeal and is arguably the final resting place King Arthur.
Located in the southwest of England, Bristol International Airport (BIA) provides access to the important cities of Bristol and Bath, and it has just one terminal, which sees three million passengers a year. The airport is relatively straightforward to get to and is easy to navigate.
Passenger Terminal: handles foreign and domestic scheduled airlines as well as many charter airlines and it features separate domestic and international arrivals halls, both of which are situated on the ground floor; the departure lounges are integrated on the first floor. Passenger facilities including money, restaurants and shops are located throughout, but are mainly situated on the ground floor.
There are several options for getting to Bristol and nearby destinations from Bristol International Airport including by public bus, shuttles and taxi. There is no direct rail service to the airport, but a dedicated shuttle bus links the airport with Bristol Temple Meads Rail Station and taxis run throughout the day.
Rail and metro: the nearest railway station is in Bristol itself, from where you can connect to other major cities. The cheapest option for getting to Bristol Temple Meads Rail Station is to take the regular Bristol International Flyer express coach service, which leaves the airport every 20 minutes.
Shuttles and buses: in addition to running to Bristol Temple Meads Rail Station, the Bristol International Flyer shuttle bus also makes several important stops along the way. Those wishing to travel to Weston-super-Mare from Bristol International Airport can make use of the handy Badgerline 121 bus service, which runs to the popular resort throughout the day. In addition, National Express is the UK’s premier coach network and runs services from Bristol to destinations nationwide.
Taxi and limo: quality taxis serve Bristol International Airport (BIA) 24 hours a day, running from just outside Arrivals. The main service provider is Airportcarz, who run air-conditioned Ford Galaxys and wheelchair-friendly minibuses. The Airportcarz booking desk is located opposite International Arrivals and cars can be pre-booked