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    Car hire in Bristol at the best price

    Bristol is a perfect location to arrange a car hire from Auto Europe. It’ll give you unprecedented 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. Consider driving your car rental to the beautifully renovated harbour. Make 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 Bristol city 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 have the flexibility to turn your holiday into an adventure of your own choosing. Read our car hire reviews in Bristol, which have been provided by previous customers.

    How is the traffic in Bristol?

    Bristol's traffic is notable, so it's best to avoid the roads 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 one-way street systems. Regardless of these conditions, a rent a car in Bristol is thought to be the best way for tourists to explore this region. Our guide for driving in the UK has more information which you may find useful for your journey.

    Where can I park my car hire in Bristol?

    If you are planning to park in Bristol City Centre, please note that the area is notoriously known for lack of parking, so the earlier you go the greater the chance of finding a free bay. You may find additional parking around Queen Square, and at numerous car parks scattered around the city. These are great for parking your rental car and heading into the city on foot.

    Bristol Airport

    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 are no railway links 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

    What to do in Bristol

    With its rich maritime heritage, the city of Bristol is located on the River Avon. Many of its original warehouses have been converted into stylish cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs. A vibrant city with much to see and do, from iconic attractions to wonderful parks in which to have great family picnics in, Bristol will entice you round every corner. Along with the following recommended must do’s, we would also advise taking a boat trip along the River Avon and seeing the city from a different prospective. Likewise, gain a birds-eye view from a balloon ride over the city.

    • Brunel’s SS Great Britain: Visit the world’s first ever steam powered ocean liner which was designed by the famous engineer Brunel in 1845. Her first route was from Bristol to New York and from 1845 to 1854, she was the longest passenger ship in existence. Now a museum, SS Great Britain unveils its long and illustrious history.

    • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: Whilst in Bristol why not learn more about this wonderful city. A visit to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is not only a great insight into the city’s history, eastern art and geology - it’s also free to entre. Its grade two listed buildings are beautiful within their own right.

    • Clifton Suspension Bridge: Spanning the Avon River, this bridge was built in 1831 and is a wonder of engineering from its time. If you love architecture and everything Victorian, then a visit to this suspension bridge should be scheduled into your holiday plans. A visitor centre is also available and you can even book a tour.

    • Bristol Zoo: Established in 1835 by Henry Riley, Bristol Zoo is a great day out for the whole family. At the zoo you’ll be greeted with several large exhibitions, from reptile enclosures to Zona Brazil, and the popular fruit bat area. The zoo also has a high rope section, which allows visitors to gain a birds-eye view over some of the most popular enclosures.

    • Bristol Aquarium: If you are in love with everything aquatic and the deep blue sea, then take a trip to Bristol Aquarium with the whole family and enjoy a wonderfully day full of colour and amazing fish, terrapins and much more. From tropical fish to the giant botanical house known as the Urban Jungle – endless entertainment can be had here.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Bristol

    Many points of interest can be reached from the town of Bath with your car rental in Bristol. Just a short drive away you’ll find yourself in Wales. From here you can head to Cardiff, Swansea or even into the Welsh highlands to experience some lush green countryside. You can also head south to Devon, or Cornwall. A motorway also links Bath to Reading and as far as London. There are numerous locations you can visit on a day trip and we therefore would recommend taking the opportunity to explore further afield.

    Cardiff, Wales

    Only a short journey away by car, you can cross over into Wales and visit its capital city Cardiff. With a renovated shoreline full of restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes, Cardiff is a wonderful and interesting city to walk around. Don’t forget to visit its castle, located in the center of the city.


    This seaside resort might not be your first choice but it is definitely worth a visit. With a large sandy beach to walk along, and plenty of seaside entertainment, you and your family will be spoilt for choice of things to see and do. You will even be given the opportunity to go on a donkey ride along the beach.

    Town of Bath

    This ancient town is famous for its numerous baths and spas. Dating back to the Roman era, much of the town’s layout and style features around its natural hot springs. The town has wonderful Georgian architecture to admire, including Bath Abbey – being constructed from locally sourced honey coloured stone, gives it a unique classical look. Located near the museum you’ll also find original statues, and even a temple.

    Geographic Information & History

    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.

    Settled since the Stone Age and with some evidence of Roman presence, Bristol has been an important city throughout much of its existence. Being located on a river, much of its history and industry settled around the maritime trade. With easy access to Ireland, Wales, Iceland, Portugal, Spain and France, Bristol became a major trading port during the medieval era. When Atlantic trade was established, Bristol was granted city status in 1542. Through its involvement in the industrial revolution and cross-Atlantic slave trade, Bristol became very wealthy and grew significantly in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the 19th century, the city was further industrialised with a major portion being dedicated to shipbuilding. Nowadays, the city is an important financial and aircraft manufacturing hub.

    How to get around Bristol

    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.


    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 a 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.


    If you are interested in seeing the Bristol city sights, then City Sightseeing offers open-top guided bus tours during the summer. You may purchase passes for multiple days, and the designated route runs through all of the city’s main points of interest, including Clifton suspension bridge, City Docks, the railway station, the Old City Centre, and 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 First Day ticket that allows unlimited travel within certain days.


    Official Bristol Taxis can be both flagged down or picked up at numerous taxi ranks across the city. The local taxi service is professionally trained and been given a Gold Standard Award for knowledge and customer care. City taxis are blue in colour and operated by Hackney Carriage. Additionally, the city also has numerous mini cab services – often a cheaper alternative


    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:

    • Bristol Ferry Boat operates ferry services around the harbour and provides a commuter service between the city centre and the main railway station, as well as stopping at other interesting quays.
    • Bristol Packet provides tourists with guided city dock tours daily during school holidays and weekends throughout the year. Service is provided to riverside tea gardens on the Avon, as well as Avon Gorge cruises that travel under the soaring Victorian-era Clifton Suspension Bridge.
    • Number Seven Boat Trips runs a ferry service during the summer months.

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