Bristol

Flights to Bristol

Book flights to Bristol and discover the best of the west.

The unofficial capital of the West Country, Bristol is one of England’s most visited cities. Known for its summer festivals, edgy music scene, and Brunel’s astonishing civil engineering projects, Bristol is a city packed with nightlife and culture. Whether you’re planning a city break in one of Britain’s most vibrant cities, or just want a base for exploring the West Country, it’s easy to find great flights to Bristol with Skyscanner.

Airports in Bristol

Bristol Airport (BRS) is the main airport serving Bristol and the surrounding area, and is 8 miles south of the city centre. It’s a main hub for low cost airlines, with Ryanair, Easyjet, and BMI Regional all operating bases here. Before its initiation as a commercial airport, the site was used as an RAF airfield; with the fantastic name Lulsgate Bottom.

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Airlines that fly to Bristol

BMI Regional and easyJet fly from a range of UK domestic cities to Bristol. Blue Islands flies to Bristol from Jersey, and Aurigny Air Services fly from Guernsey. Airlines flying out of Bristol include Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Ryanair, Mistral Air, KLM Cityhopper, Jet2, Helvetic Airways, Flybe, Brussels Airlines, BH Air, Austrain Airlines, Air Malta, and Aer Lingus Regional.

Getting into Bristol

The easiest way to get from the airport to the city centre is with the Airport Flyer Express Link. The journey to the city centre takes around half an hour. The bus service links the airport with Temple Meads railway station and Bristol bus and coach station: perfect for onward travel. The service operates all day every day: apart from on December 25th. There’s also a reduced timetable on 26th December and 1st January. Adult return tickets cost £11* and are valid for a month. Single tickets cost £7*. There are discounts for families (two adults, two children) travelling together and for students. Taxis are also available outside the terminal. Visit the booking office on arrival and you’ll be quoted a fixed rate and assigned a cab.

*Prices subject to change

When to visit Bristol

Like every city in Britain, Bristol is at its best during the summer (May-September). Bristol tends to have mild (albeit unpredictable) weather throughout the year so you'll still have a great city break if you visit during autumn, winter or spring. There's always something going on in Bristol, so check the local events calendars before booking your trip. The Slapstick Silent Film Festival takes place in March, while September is home to the Bristol International Kite Festival. The chilly winter weather is pleasantly broken up by the Bristol Cider Festival in January and February.

What to see and do

Whatever you're into, you'll find something to keep you entertained in Bristol.

Art & Culture: Who says you need to go to a stuffy art gallery? Bristol is the home of Banksy, the cult graffiti artist famous for pop-culture satire. It's safe to say that street art in Bristol is pretty impressive. Stokes Croft is home to some fantastic artwork, and some tour companies offer walking tours dedicated to street art and graffiti. If it does rain, you can still enjoy some art in contemporary spaces such as the M Shed, Spike Island, and Arnolfini.

Sports & Outdoors: Bristol is a great place for sporty people, whether you fancy a game of golf or something a little more adrenaline fuelled. There's 22km cycle path connecting Bristol to Bath. Hot air ballooning is something of a passion in the city: Bristol hosts a famous balloon fiesta every year. Water-sport enthusiasts can take part in a paddle-board tour of Bristol. The sport is popular with the likes of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, so give it a bash and see a new side of the city.

Nightlife: You've heard of Blue Flag beaches, but what about Purple Flag going out areas? The award is given to places that do an excellent job in managing the evening, and most of Bristol's going out areas have received this status. Whether you fancy an underground gig or would rather large it in a super club, there's something for every breed of party animal in Bristol. Speakeasy cocktail bars and trendy wine bars offer something a little more low key.

Where to stay

Choosing the right hotel is about more than price. It's about finding an area of town that suits you and your holiday style. With Skyscanner you can compare hotel prices in Bristol to make sure you're getting a bargain, so why not focus on one of the following neighbourhoods?

For culture vultures

Hotels in the old city of Bristol are perfect for history buffs and people who enjoy being in the heart of the cultural action. The cobbled streets and historic buildings lend the area plenty of atmosphere, while the twisting and turning alleyways offer plenty of opportunities for exploration. In terms of culture you'll find plenty of great theatres on King Street, as well as weekly markets on Wine Street. The Book Market is worth checking out, as is the sprawling farmer's market.

For families

The Harbourside has plenty of attractions for adults and kids of all ages. The floating harbour is home to Brunel’s SS Great Britain, an impressive passenger liner which was built in 1843. Other attractions include the M-Shed museum and The Matthew, a replica of the ship that discovered America. The Bristol science museum and the Bristol Aquarium make an ideal day out. The Arnolfini and the Watershed also host a range of events throughout the year, so it's worth checking the calendar before you visit.

For trendsetters

Hotels in Clifton will appeal to your inner hipster. To reach the neighbourhood from the city centre you need to walk along Park Street, a previous nominee for the Britain's Hippest Street award. We're not sure why it missed out, exactly. The up-and-coming area is home to plenty of quirky shops selling everything from vintage clothes to handcrafted jewellery, as well as unique bars and restaurants.

For bohemians

Hotels in the East Side of Bristol are perfect for anyone who wants to discover Bristol's laid back side. Pay a visit to Eastgate Oriental City, Bristol's China Town, and feel like you've stepped into the far east. This side of town is also home to the St Paul's neighbourhood, famous for its Afro-Caribbean restaurants and fantastic July carnival. In Montpelier you'll be surrounded by artists, musicians, and vintage boutiques.

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