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Cheap car hire in the UK - arriving at Bristol Airport

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Bristol Airport - BRS, serves the city of Bristol and the surrounding area in Somerset county in England.

The airport is located 8 miles (13 km) south of Bristol city centre. You can easily access Bristol from Bristol Airport by the A28 road.

See map of Bristol Airport area.

Bristol Airport handles around 5 million passengers every year and operates flights to over 90 destinations worldwide.

Hyundai i10 small city car to rent at Bristol Airport
Small city cars, such as Hyundai i10 or similar are often avaialble to rent at competitive rates from Bristol Airport

Car hire at Bristol Airport
Six major car hire companies offer their services at Bristol Airport.

You can find Bristol cheap car hire offers from Avis Rent-A-Car, Europcar, National, Hertz, Budget and Enterprise Rent A Car. Local rental car providers will deliver their cars to the airport upon their clients´ arrival or provide a free shuttle bus transportation to their offices, usually in a short distance from the airport. Use online search engines, as Cartrawler, to compare the offers from many different rent a car companies at Bristol Airport; apart from the above mentioned ones, Cartrawler displays also offers from Green Motion, Easirent, Interrent, Alamo and Keddy, just to mention the most important ones. 

Outside high season the rates of Bristol Airport car hire start from around £70 for a 7-days rental of the smallest city car as Fiat 500, Hyundai i10 or a similar vehicle. This type of a car is just enough to move around the city and park easily.

For only a little more you can rent at Bristol Airport an economy class car, a slightly larger Ford Fiesta, or similar, with prices starting from £ 100 for a week of car hire in Bristol.

However, given the still small difference in price, it is worthwhile to “skip” one class and opt for a compact class vehicle when renting a car in Bristol. Much more comfortable and offering space for 4 people and a considerable amount of luggage, VW Golf can often be rented for around £ 110 for a 7-days period of Bristol Airport car hire.

VW Golf compact class rental
Bristol car hire in compact class: VW Golf, in the fleet of Green Motion, Avis, Europcar and other Bristol Airport car hire companies

Low-cost flights to and from Bristol - Ryanair and Easyjet at Bristol Airport
Bristol Airport is a major base for two low-cost airlines, Ryanair and Easyjet, with nearly 80 destinations available to and from Bristol.

You can fly low-cost to Bristol Airport with Easyjet from many European cities, including: Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Faro, Krakow, Madrid, Nice, Paris and Rome, just to mention some of the most popular all year routes. More routes are available in the summer season.

Domestic Easyjet flights to Bristol depart from Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness in the UK.

Ryanair low-cost carrier flies to Bristol from Budapest, Dublin, Faro, Malaga and Tenerife-South, amongst others. Routes to Bristol are available from many different airports in Poland, such as: Gdansk, Katowice, Lodz, Poznan, Rzeszow, Wroclaw and Warsaw-Modlin.

Update: in summer 2015, cheap flghts from Poland to Bristol are also available with Wizzair, from Katowice Airport.

See a video guide to services available at Bristol Airport:

Bristol tourist attractions – Bristol harbour
Bristol offers a wide variety of attractions for its visitors: historic monuments, vibrant city life and many cultural events and festivals.

Before the industrial revolution of the 18th century, Bristol ranked, together with London, York and Norwich, amongst most important cities in England. At present it is a vital centre of culture and employment in the region and an unofficial capital of the West Country in England.

Bristol's history was built mostly around its harbour and the port activity and the traces of maritime past of the city are plenty. A fun way of visiting Old Bristol is to take a ferry boat trip stopping in most of the places of interest along the harbour.

Do not miss out, when visiting Bristol, on Brunel´s SS Great Britain museum ship. This first screw-propelled, steam engine passenger cruise liner from the 19th century is available for visiting at the dry dock of Bristol harbour.

Another Bristol sightseeing top site is Corn Exchange and The Nails, a historic building on the Corn Street of Bristol's Old Town where the merchants used to trade their goods.

Bristol harbour today still attracts crowds, tourists and locals, with its busy cultural and social life. Apart from theatres, galleries, museums and art centres you will find here the best of Bristol's restaurants, cafes and nightlife.

Click here to see the map of Bristol.

Related article: What to see in Bristol.

Places of interest near Bristol
Bristol is an excellent base for exploring South West England due to its proximity to Somerset and Gloucestershire counties.

Only a short distance drive, 11.6 miles (18.6) by the A4 road, separates Bristol from the historic city of Bath.

The pearl of gothic architecture in Britain, the city of Wells, is only 40 mi  (64 km) by A37/A39 away from Bristol.

The distance from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare, a typical English seaside resort on the Bristol Channel shore is of 25 mi (40 km) by the A5 road.

See the map of Somerset, Egland.

Bristol's music scene is known worldwide and the city itself holds a number of music festivals. However, it is the Glastonbury Festival that attracts younger public's attention as one of the most important music events in the UK. The distance from Bristol to Glastonbury is only 26 mi (41.8 km) by the A37/A39.

Check the upcoming agenda of Glastonbury Festival.

In most cases, you will find prices of tourist accommodation in Bristol more affordable than in other popular British location. Given the fact that car hire in Bristol is easily accessible too, it may be worthwhile to include Bristol in your UK holidays planning.

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Cheap car hire in the UK - arriving at Bristol Airport
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Published: Monday, August 06 2012
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