Travel to Bristol
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Travel to the UK
Before you leave
Check the following:
- COVID-19 international travel regulations. Follow your own and UK Government’s guidelines.
- Your government's restrictions on taking money out of your home country.
- What items you can bring into the UK.
- Your luggage weight against your airline's allowance.
- Your travel insurance is valid. If you do not have travel insurance we recommend that you get some and bring the insurance documents with you.
- Make sure to bring these important documents in your hand luggage.
When to travel
If you have arranged to live in a University of Bristol residence aim to arrive when your accommodation opens. Our Accommodation Office will contact you with this information.
International Foundation Programme (IFP) students
If you are an IFP student please, fill out this form to let us know when you will arrive.
If you have already arranged private accommodation, check with your landlord when you can move in before you book your travel.
If you need to find accommodation, read our advice about how to find private accommodation in Bristol.
Arriving in the UK
At the border
Read the current government advice pages about entering the UK.
To help you through passport control and customs when you arrive at the UK border, read the UK Border Force guide to faster travel through the UK border.
Travel to Bristol from within the UK
You will need to arrange your own transport between the airport and the city of Bristol. Take a look at the transport options on this page to help plan your journey.
Meet and Greet Service
Bus/Coach to Bristol
Buses and coaches are generally the cheapest means of travel in the UK. The most popular companies amongst our students are National Express and Megabus:
- National Express offers a 20% discount to University of Bristol students. The coaches arrive at Bristol Bus and Coach Station.
- Megabus coaches stop at Bond Street. You will need to make your way from Bond Street to Bristol Bus and Coach Station if you arrive during Meet and Greet times and would like to get a free shuttle. It is a few minutes walk.
- For any company you choose, make sure you check restrictions on luggage. If you have more than one large suitcase, you might need to pay an additional fee or buy additional tickets for each piece of large luggage.
Travel to Bristol Bus and Coach Station
If you are arriving at one of the following airports, you can book a coach or bus ticket to get to Bristol Bus and Coach Station.
London Heathrow airport
Book a National Express coach journey from Heathrow airport to Bristol Bus and Coach Station.
London Gatwick airport
Book a National Express coach journey from Gatwick airport to Bristol Bus and Coach Station.
Get the A1 Bristol Airport Flyer bus from outside the airport to Bristol Bus and Coach Station. You can book tickets in advance or buy a ticket on board.
Or find other ways to get to Bristol, including by car or train.
Train to Bristol
Trains are popular choices of transport in the UK. They are usually more expensive than buses, but students tend to find them more comfortable, scenic, faster, and less likely to provoke travel sickness.
There are railway stations near most airports, which you can use to travel to Bristol’s main station, called Bristol Temple Meads. You may need to change trains multiple times so bear this in mind when choosing your ticket.
You can purchase train tickets online, or at the station on the day. It can be cheaper to book your tickets for inter-city travel (moving between cities and regions) before your journey.
Taxi to Bristol
Some private taxi companies offer an airport transport service or other long-distance transfers. If you re travelling with others, you can split the fare and pre-book stops at different addresses.
Costs vary, so compare prices and read reviews before booking.
We have used the following services in the past—they offer a small discount for University of Bristol students. Let them know you are a Bristol student if you decide to get a quote for their services:
Travel within Bristol to your accommodation
Meet and Greet Service
You can also get to your accommodation by public transport, which includes buses, trains or taxis (try a local journey planner).
Some of Bristol’s residential train stations include:
- Clifton Down
- Stapleton Road
- Lawrence Hill
Alternatively, if you are not carrying much luggage and you live nearby one of the main stations, then you might find it easiest to walk to your accommodation. Find walking directions on Google Maps:
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