Bristol Airport essential information
If you’re flying from Bristol Airport, we've collected the essential 'must-know' information you'll need to ensure your trip gets off to the perfect stress-free start:
All about Bristol Airport:
Located around eight miles from Bristol, the airport is built on the site of a former RAF airfield and opened its runways for the first time in 1957. Originally known as Bristol (Lulgate), it changed to Bristol International from 1997 – 2010, before settling on its current name. It’s UK’s 9th busiest airport and hosts airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair and BMI Regional. The popular airport has seen impressive rises in passenger numbers from 1,614,837 in 1997 to 6,339,805 in 2014. Amsterdam is the busiest destination, followed by Dublin and Edinburgh.
Bristol Airport parking products offered by APH are either on-airport, meet and greet or just a five-minute transfer from the terminal. Simply select your parking product, enter the post code and you’ll be heading for the check-in desks within minutes.
Bristol is a single-terminal airport, so all flights leave from the same location
Passengers leaving from Bristol Airport are advised to arrive at least two hours before their flight departure, regardless of whether they’ve checked-in online or are doing so at the airport.
Many of the airlines flying from Bristol Airport offer online check-in.
Check this page for online links to your carrier.
Please note: All easyJet and Ryanair passengers are required to use online check-in. These can be found at the following links:
Click here for easyJet online check-in
Click here for Ryanair online check-in
Facilities for disabled passengers:
Bristol Airport is a small, compact airport with the furthest boarding gates less than 450m from the departure lounge. APH provides various meet and greet parking services for passengers with mobility issues, while Bristol Airport also offers help to those who need it. Anyone requiring assistance from the airport must request it at least 48 hours before arriving at the terminal.
Get more information and book assistance here.
Airport hotels: Bristol Airport is served by various nearby hotels that cover all budgets. Browse Bristol Airport hotels on offer here.
Fast track security clearance: Passengers travelling from Bristol Airport can opt to dodge the security-desk queues by joining the priority lane. This costs £3.95 if you book online in advance, or £5 for those buying their ticket in the terminal. Book your place in the Fat Track lane here.
Where to eat:
Bristol Airport offers a selection of fast food, hot snacks and coffee shops. Check out what’s right for you here.
Where to shop at Bristol:
There’s no shortage of shopping at Bristol Airport… here’s all the information you'll need to plan your pre-flight spree in outlets located before and after security. Shop until your board.
Areas for kids: Bristol Airport lags behind here, with travelling families having to rely on a small play area in Burger King offering a ‘play table’ and cartoons showing on a big screen.
If you need to escape the crowds, Bristol Airport offers the Aspire Lounge where you can relax with a meal and drink to add that extra dash of VIP sparkle to your trip. Book your space and get lounging here.
Wi-Fi access at Bristol Airport:
Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the terminal, but this is available for just the first 30 minutes of use – after which you’ll need to pay.
Charging your mobile devices:
Bristol Airport has paid facilities for charging your phone, or pop into Dixons travel where they’ll juice-up your device for £1.50. The store is open Mon - Fri: 04:30 - 20:00, Sat: 04:30 - 18:00 and Sun: 04:00 - 20:30. Call on: 01275 474550
Baby changing facilities:
These can be found throughout the terminal, either ‘in, or close to, the ladies toilets’… because men don’t change nappies?
Baggage trolleys are available from vending machines at 10 locations throughout the airport and will cost you £2 or €2 (which equates to around £1.45 at the time of writing). This can also be paid using a credit card.
If you’ve got a long wait for your flight, but don’t want to be burdened with bags, simply head to the airport information point for details of how to use this service. Charges start at £5 for 4 hours and rise to £8.50 for 8-24 hours.
Bristol Airport does not have a pharmacy, so please ensure you arrive fully stocked with any medication required for your trip. Superdrug is available for those buying baby milk.
The 'Executive Showers' cost £10 and are located in the main terminal. Ask at the Information Point for details.
DID YOU KNOW...
Bristol Airport has a silent terminal policy and no announcements are made for boarding. You’ll need to keep an eye on the screens if you don’t want to start your trip with a missed flight.