Bristol is an ideal location to arrange for a car hire from Auto Europe, so you have the freedom to explore this beautiful and trendy city at your leisure. Bristol has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to become one of Britain's top tourist destinations, offering stunning architecture, fine upscale dining, and a cutting edge music scene, in addition to summer festivals that have the city buzzing with energy and excitement. Plan to drive your car rental in Bristol to the beautifully renovated harbour, and be sure to take time to visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge to experience the breathtaking heights of the Avon Gorge. Conveniently located at the intersection of the M5 and M4 motorways, travellers who wish to push beyond the boundaries of the Bristol city limits can do so easily - London lies just 2 hours eastward on the M4. When you arrange for a car hire in Bristol with Auto Europe, you are sure to have the opportunity to turn your holiday into an adventure of your own choosing.
Bristol's traffic is notable, so it's best to avoid the roadways around rush hour on weekdays (roughly, 8am to 9.30am; and then again from 4pm to 6pm). Navigating through the city can be tricky due to a one-way street system. Regardless of these conditions, a car hire is thought to be the best way for tourists to explore this region. Our guide for driving in the UK has more information you may find useful for your journey.
If you are planning to park in the city centre, arrive early in the day - you will have better luck in a region that has sparse availability. You may find additional parking around Queen Square, and, as you would expect, there are many car parks available for parking your car rental while touring the city.
Bristol sits within the limestone area of the UK, where the Avon and Frome rivers have severed the limestone to the underlying clays, creating a charmingly rolling landscape in and around the city. The distinctive Avon Gorge that lies just west of the city has served as a shield for the harbour and a resource for building material for Bristol, as many of its buildings have been fashioned from stone quarried from this area.
Situated in the south of England, Bristol has one of the most temperate climates within the country, with a mean annual temperature of 10-12°C and a fair bit of sunshine. Rainfall ranges from 35 to 47 inches per year and is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, with autumn and winter being the wettest seasons. Snowfall is rare. Summer is warm and dry in Bristol.
Bristol Airport is situated just 8 miles south-west of Bristol city centre and offers scheduled flights from most major European cities, including Bordeaux, Rome, and Munich, for example. It is a base for Easyjet and Ryanair. While there is no railway link between Bristol Airport and the city, commuter buses run roughly every 10 minutes. Most buses provide free Wi-Fi and power outlets for passengers.
Bristol Airport (BRS)
Address: Bristol BS48 3DY, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 871 334 4444
For travellers who wish to park their car hire in Bristol and see the city by foot or by public transport, there are many options available. Rail, bus, and ferry are all possibilities for tourists wishing to explore this charming region.
If you are interested in seeing the Bristol city sights, then CitySightseeing offers open-top guided bus tours during the summer. You may purchase passes for multiple days, and the designated route hits all of the city highlights, including the Clifton suspension bridge, the City Docks, the railway station, the Old City Centre, and the Bristol Zoo. You may hop on and off as many times as you like. First Bristol operates other buses throughout the area. Be sure to confirm routes online rather than at the bus stops themselves as signs may be outdated. If you are planning to use the bus for the day, then you may wish to purchase a FirstDay ticket that allows unlimited travel within certain days.
The primary railway station in Bristol is the Temple Meads Railway Station with connections throughout the UK, including London. The charming Severn Beach Line offers local service within the Bristol area. Voted one of the most scenic railways in the world, the Severn Beach train runs roughly every hour from 6am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, with reduced service on Sundays.
Bristol city centre is connected to the old floating harbour, so a boat is an excellent choice for seeing the city as well. There are several companies from which to choose: