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Bristol Airport (BRS) is located at the quaintly named Lulsgate Bottom in North Somerset, around 13km southwest of the centre of Bristol.
BRS is currently Britain’s ninth-busiest airport, processes around 8.7 million passengers each year and partners with commercial carriers operating from the airport like EasyJet and Ryanair.
It’s also world-renowned for accessibility ̶ a recent international survey for Altogether Travel ranked Bristol and its facilities management partner OCS in joint first place with Gatwick Airport in providing airport accessible facilities and it scored impressively for criteria like services for passengers with reduced mobility, hidden disabilities, accessible parking and services for deaf passengers.
BRS connects the city of Bristol and surrounding areas to a range of domestic and international locations, including Guernsey, Jersey, Newcastle, Belfast, Edinburgh, Lanzarote, Prague, Copenhagen, Paris and Orlando, to name but a few.
But no matter where you’re flying into BRS from, there are lots of exciting things to see and do in Bristol and its surrounding area. You might want to take a scenic boat trip from the harbour out into the Avon Gorge, stare in awe at the engineering marvel that’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge, dig in the crates for some rare vinyl at one of the city’s many marvellous independent record shops, enjoy a Spoken Word or live music event or soak up some of the gorgeous graffiti (it’s one of the world’s street art capitals).
Once you pick up your car at BRS you can be in Bristol city centre in under 20 minutes (depending on traffic), travelling via the A38 and A370, and there’s a great choice of cars available to perfectly meet the needs of your travel group and the unique requirements of your itinerary and your budget. For instance, the Ford Focus seats five and is compact enough to make city parking and other manoeuvres easy, the reliable Volkswagen Touran can accommodate seven passengers in comfort, while the rugged Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab seats five and has ample room in the trunk for bikes or hiking gear if you’re heading off for an active holiday.
Enjoy only works with trusted car rental partners at Bristol Airport like Green Motion Car and Van Rental, Easirent and Ace Rent A Car, so you can be confident booking online. Furthermore, rental agreements typically include features like free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to the rental period, third party liability and 24-hour assistance, all of which provide further reassurance.
Hiring your BRS car with Enjoy couldn’t be easier ̶ just drop your details in our search boxes and you’ll have a carefully curated choice of quality vehicles to choose from in a click.
In the meantime, take a look at some tips and advice we’ve prepared on hitting the road from BRS to discover the delights of Bristol and beyond.
Driving in and around Bristol Airport
The Bristol Airport website has useful information on getting to and from BRS by car, but you can be in Bristol in two shakes of a lamb’s tail and the rest of southwest England is on your doorstep.
If your hire car has a Satnav fitted, switch it on to navigate your way around the busier Bristol streets or, of you prefer, tune into SAM FM for the latest traffic news.
Remember that a speed limit of 32 km/h has been in place in Bristol for several years in the city’s busiest streets, but the usual British speed limits of 48 km/h apply in built-up areas, it’s 96 km/h on single carriageways, 112 km/h for dual carriageways and 112 km/h on motorways here.
Like many cities in the UK, Bristol has been putting plans in place for the implementation of a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) for several years in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. The CAZ could be introduced as early as March 2021 once it has government approval, and will include Ashton Gate, Bedminster, Southville, St Philips Marsh and Montpellier. It will be accompanied by an outright ban on privately-owned diesel vehicles in areas including part of the M32, the old city, Harbourside, Redcliffe, Spike Island and a section of Hotwells and apply from 7am until 3pm. If you’re hiring a car in Bristol after these changes are in place, the responsible rental companies at BRS will likely be aware of the importance of compliance, but confirm with them that your vehicle meets requirements nonetheless.
If you don’t have a UK driving license and haven’t navigated British roads before, a sensible preparatory measure before driving here is reading the Highway Code ̶ this lays down the rules of the road in Britain and covers conventions as well as mandatory requirements. Here are a few more tips you might find useful for driving in Bristol and the rest of the UK:
- Always drive on the left in Bristol and in every other part of England and the wider UK.
- You should carry your passport or photo ID with you whenever you’re on the road, as well as your valid driver’s licence and vehicle documents. All driver’s licenses from EEA nations are recognised in Britain, as are many from other countries ̶ if you’re unsure, check your license validity here.
- Wearing seatbelts is mandatory for the driver and all passengers in the UK, while children must either use a car seat or an alternative device which is appropriate for their size and age.
- The drink driving limit in Bristol and throughout England and Wales is 80 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, but the best advice by far for your safety and that of others is not to drink alcohol at all if you’re driving. You should also be wary of driving the morning after a big night out as alcohol remaining in your system could still impair your performance behind the wheel.
- Don’t use a mobile phone while driving in the UK ̶ this is illegal unless you’re on a hands-free system.
- You might have to share the road with more bicycles in Bristol than you’re used to encountering at home ̶ remember that cyclists have the right to take up the entire lane of the road in the same way a car would, and when breaking, overtaking or making any move near them, give them the same space and consideration that you would a car.
A Useful Guide to Bristol for BRS Car Hire Customers
Bristol is brimming with arts, culture and history ̶ here are a few fantastic things to do while you’re in the city:
- Take a Banksy Walking Tour to see some of this world-famous native Bristolian street artist’s works on various walls and edifices around the city. In the unlikely event that you spot the anonymous artist in person and you reckon you recognise him, please keep the information to yourself ̶ revealing his identify would dilute the impact of his awesome artworks!
- Visit Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain ̶ this famous steamship was designed by the genius behind the Clifton Suspension Bridge and many other engineering marvels. Located at the Great Western Dock in the city centre, you can explore the galley, surgeon’s quarters, dining room and engine of this legendary passenger liner, which could complete the journey from Bristol to New York in an impressive 14 days at the peak of her powers in the mid-19th
- The Bristol International Balloon Festival is held every August and it’s an awe-inspiring sight to see so many beautiful hot air balloons taking to the skies above the city. The event spans four days and is hosted at Ashton Court Estate, a stunning 850-acre property on the city’s outskirts which has been a deer park for some 600 years.
- Bristol has a lively music scene and birthed seminal bands like Massive Attack and Portishead ̶ if you want to check out live music while you’re in town, pop into Thekla in the mud dock area for a tuneful evening!
Bristol is a magnificent multicultural city where creativity oozes from every crevice and corner, you’ll never be bored here, and your only problem might be fitting all of the fantastic attractions in to your busy schedule. From galleries and museums to dockside areas that reflect the city’s maritime history and modern cultural centres that point towards its future, there really is something for everyone.
With Enjoy you can enjoy the best of Bristol and also explore exciting outlying areas like Bath, Salisbury and Stonehenge. To get rolling with your Bristol adventure, simply pop your details in the search box, hit ‘click’ and choose your favourite car!
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