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Bristol Airport general 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:

Bristol Airport parking

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Flying from Bristol Airport? Book your airport parking with APH now and not only will you save money, but you’ll also ensure your car will be well looked after while you’re away. With multiple services on offer, you’ll be able to choose the best parking option for you, whatever your preferences. Choose from on-airport or meet and greet to ensure a smooth and hassle-free departure day.

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Bristol Airport hotel and parking packages

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Booking an airport hotel before flying out on an early morning flight is perfect for ensuring a stress-free night’s sleep, you can also book a hotel and parking package so you’ll have a guaranteed parking space.

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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 the 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 7,603,890 in 2016. Amsterdam is the busiest destination, followed by Dublin and Edinburgh.

Getting There

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 postcode and you’ll be heading for the check-in desks within minutes.

Airport Map

Find a detailed map of the terminal building here.

Check-in information

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.

Mobile check-in information

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

Disabled Passenger Details

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

Find details of how Bristol Airport helps passengers with hidden disabilities such as autism here.


Fast-Track security lane

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 Fast Track lane here.


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.

Where to Eat

Bristol Airport offers a selection of fast food, hot snacks and coffee shops. Check out what’s right for you here.

Area 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.

Wi-Fi access

WiFi is free for two hours inside the terminal. You can find out further information here.

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

These can be found throughout the terminal, either ‘in, or close to, the ladies toilets’… because men don’t change nappies?

Luggage Trolleys

Trolleys are available, for the essential information such as how much and where, follow this link.  

Luggage Lockers

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.

Airport map

Bristol Airport map

Bristol Airport, Bristol, BS48 3DY


Bristol Airport is easily accessed from the M4 and M5. On the M5, take junction 22 when heading North and junction 18 when heading South. On the M4, take junction 20 onto the M5 and take junction 18. Choose the post code BS48 3DY when using satnav.