Traffic Congestion in Bristol City Centre
To avoid traffic congestion and parking nightmares, why not use Bristols Park and Ride facilities, bus timetables, parking and pricing information can be found at the National Park and Ride Directory www.parkandride.net
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Getting around by bus, train ...and boat
Bristol has an extensive network of BUSES provided by 'First Bus' and also a local railway service to parts of the city. The bus station is near to the Broadmead Shopping Centre, around which most of the buses pass. Bristol Temple Meads Mainline Train Station is about 20 minutes walk from the city centre, or a short bus ride. Bus service 8/9 links Bristol Temple Meads to Clifton and its famous bridge.
I don't think the buses are particularly cheap and it is a good idea to buy a day ticket for about £3.50 (2006) if you are expecting to catch more than two buses. And I find that some bus drivers take speed bumps like they are taking part in Rally GB, so hold tight :)
One of the most pleasant and unusual experiences is to take a FERRY along the Floating Harbour through Bristol. There is a regular service by a number of boats, for various distances and prices, single trips and return tickets. They stretch all the way from just outside the main train station in the southeast, all the way to Hotwells (and Clifton) in the west. Details of prices and timetables displayed at the ferry stops, generally £1.50 for a single trip, £2.50 return or £6 hop-on-hop-off (2007 prices).
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Bring lots of walking shoes
The bus system here (unless travelling to the airport) sucks, so everyone walks. Streets are not well labeled, and tend to change names at various intersections. The easiest way to find something is to ask about a landmark or building, not the street it is on. For example, if you wanted to find the University of Bristol Library, ask where the University of Bristol is, not where Tyndall Avenue is.
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The best way to see what the harbourside has to offer is to get into a boat and explore it from the water.
Both the Bristol Ferry Boat Company and the Bristol Packet offer tours, some with commentary, which are a great way to and from A to B.
Bristol International Airport is situated 8 miles south of central Bristol. Direct flights operate from across the UK, Europe and USA.
Airlines serving Bristol
„X Aer Arann
„X Aer Lingus
„X Air Malta
„X Air Southwest
„X British Airways
„X Continental Airlines (New York)
„X Eastern Airways
„X SN Brussels
Bristol International Flyer express coach service operates between Bristol city centre bus and train stations and Clifton and the airport throughout the day. The journey takes around 30 minutes and you simply turn up and pay on the bus
To bristol is easy the main station is at Temple meads a 20 miniute walk from the city centre and served by various train companys mainly First great Western.
Regular trains operate between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Penzance.
Bristol is easy to get to by train from both the Wales/Birmingham direction and from London (Paddington mainly). From London, it takes less than two hours, exact time depending on which train you catch as some stop more than others along the way. Make sure to get a train to Temple Meads station as that is the central station in Bristol and on top of that, one of the biggest stations architecturally in the land that invented the railway. If you go by train from London, you travel on the Great Western line, these days run by First trains.
But yes, you can fly to Bristol too. It's airport has quite a few scheduled flights from places like Brussels and also a range of budget opportunities.
Es el mejor medio para viajar por Bristol, con la compañía de bus First Great, creo que es así como se llama no me acuerdo muy bién. Por 2.50 libras aprox puedes conseguir un day travel card, el cual te puedes subir en cualquier linea de autobús urbano en Bristol todo un día entero. Merece la pena hacerlo si vas de visita un solo día a Bristos y vienes de otra ciudad, porque el Suspension Brigde queda algo lejos andando desde del centro de la ciudad. En general Bristol tiene muy buena conexión en tren y en autobús. En autobús está a 3.5 horas de Londres y la mitad de tiempo en tren. El autobús es el medio mas económico para visitar Inglaterra, pero si eres menor de 25 años o eres estudiante te puedes conseguir la Student rail card y cada vez que compres un billete de tren te hacen un descuento de 1/3 del total del billete.
Temple Meads Station...
I arrived in Bristol from Bath. Temple Meads Station in Bristol is one of the historic buildings in Bristol !
The name of the site of the station derives from a nearby Temple Church...Read More On TEMPLE MEADS STATION...
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Journey times from Bristol
March 2001 Railtrack reached an agreement with Virgin Cross Country to upgrade the track at Bristol to improve journey times and reliability over the next two years between Penzance and places such as Birmingham and Reading.
Get a cab at night after mid-night but share it. Up to seven people I think but the normal is 5.
Booking in advance or phoning them is a good idea too. You'll find it dificult to get one after 2am as people get out of clubs.
Alternative way ...
Climb aboard and enjoy the exciting world of Bristol's Historic Harbour. As you cruise along, you will experience the wonderful and ever-changing landscapes of the River Avon.
Hotwells round trip (40mins)~ £3.50(adults), £2.00 (children), £2.50 (seniors)
Temple Meads round trip (1hour)~ £4.00, £2.50, £3.00
Single journey fares ~ £1.20, £0.80, £1.00
For further details you can check on the web (more accurate depending the season) or call
LINE UP FOR THE BUS
Bus company called 'First Cityline' serves to link most of Bristols' suburbs. You will be lucky if some-one hasn't ripped the bus timetable off the bus stop post, and even luckier if the bus arrives when it is supposed to.
I find its best to find the right bus stop (each bus route has a corresponding number and will be stated on the bus stop - grab a route map from the tourist info centre) and just wait until the bus turns up.
There is small bus information depot opposite the 'Colston Hall', you can buy bus cards (helpful if you use the service a lot) and ask for information.
It can all be a bit baffling if you are not sure which road is the nearest stop to where you want to be - if in doubt, ask a friendly looking local - often the easiest way to obtain good, sound advice.
The web address below is good for bus times.
An easy way to get to Bristol is by train. Temple Meads station connects to every major city in the UK. As soon as you arrive there, just outside the station (thats where the photo is) you can either take a taxi and go to your destination or a bus (No 9/8/180 for the center of Bristol)
Temple Meads station is a major hub and is actually one of the more pleasant stations on the UK rail network, since it hasn't been modernised to death but still manages to be clean and reasonably comfortable (though the concourse area is tiny and horribly cramped). Isambard Brunel, being too clever by half as usual, designed the station as part of a grand plan to get people from London to New York by Great Western train and steamship, and placed it on marshland outside the city. It's still remote from anywhere you might want to go, even though a big effort has been made in recent years to bring commercial activity to the station through the admittedly impressive Temple Quay development.
Bristol Parkway station isn't in Bristol but at Stoke Gifford to the north. It serves trains from London to South Wales. Be careful not to be fooled into using it for a visit to the city, because it's a long and awkward bus ride into the centre.
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