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Getting to Bristol

By train

Bristol Temple Meads is the main railway station, situated approximately 15 minutes' walk from the City Centre. The 8 and 9 bus services run frequently between Bristol Temple Meads Station and the city centre, Broadmead and Cabot Circus.

Cross Country trains operate between Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham, the North East, Edinburgh and Penzance. First Great Western run regular services to Bristol from London Paddington, Reading, Swindon, Bath, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Cardiff, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Bristol Parkway station is situated to the north of the city and can be accessed via First bus no. 73, which runs regularly between Bristol Parkway and the city centre. CrossCountry trains run services to Bristol Parkway from Penzance, Birmingham, the North East and Scotland. First Great Western also run services to, through and from Bristol Parkway. 

Visit the First Great Western website to find out more about travel to Bristol.

By bus or coach

Bristol Bus Station is situated on Marlborough Street, near Broadmead shopping centre. National Express coach services operate from the bus station to cities across the UK, including direct bus services to London Heathrow (approximately 2 hours) and Gatwick airport (approximately 3 1/2 hours).

Megabus operates from Bristol to London and Cwmbran, and Greyhound operates from Bristol Airport to Swansea via UWE, Bristol bus station, Newport and Cardiff.

By air

Bristol Airport is situated just 8 miles south of central Bristol, and is easily accessed via the A38. Direct flights operate to Bristol Airport from across the UK and Europe, and regular routes operate from North American via Dublin.

See our Bristol Airport information page for more.

Bristol International Flyer express coach service offers a convenient way to get to the airport, with regular coaches running from Bristol city centre bus and train stations to the airport throughout the day. The journey takes around 30 minutes and tickets are available from the driver. Find out more about Bristol International Flyer.

By Park & Ride

Park & Ride offers a comfortable and easy way of travelling to Bristol without the stress of navigating your way through the central roads and car parks. All Park & Ride services provide convenient access to attractions, leisure and shopping developments in the centre of Bristol. 

Find out more about the following Bristol Park & Ride services at

By car

Bristol is easily accessible from the M5 and M4 motorways.

From the M4, exit at junction 19 (signpost to Bristol) and follow the M32 into the city centre. From the M5, exit at junction 18 and follow the A4 Portway (signpost Bristol Airport) into the city centre. You can find out more about car hire from Rhino Car Hire or Sixt

There is parking available behind the M Shed in the Wapping Wharf car park (our event venue) for £8 per day. Alternatively if you are staying at either of our two suggested hotels (Radisson Blu or The Bristol) parking is available for £5 per day.

Find out more about the latest travel news on our roads: Highways Agency Travel Information (PDF)

Further Information

  • For local information about Bristol please click here.
  • For visa information please click here.

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