Everything you need to know in Bristol about…TRANSPORT

The city is teaming with them but cars take the back seat in Bristol; parking is war and a London style congestion charge might be on its way but nonetheless, A to B in Bristol is easy.

Bristol is rare in having all you could want in easy distance and walking from one side of the city to another can be done effectively in less than an hour.

Two wheels have just got a great big thumbs up from the government when it named Bristol the first ‘Cycling City’; it will receive the bulk of funding intended to make England’s cities more bike friendly. Hoorah! On the cards are an on-street rental service and many new cycle lanes.

A FirstBus student all-day pass will set you back £3 and if you travel at rush hour it will take you all-day. Useful routes for Bristol Uni students are the 8/8a and 9/9a which will take you from Temple Meads and the centre to Clifton, going through the University of Bristol precinct. The 41 and 43 connect the centre with the Stoke Bishop complex during the day and the N7 and N8 do the same in the wee hours.

For UWE, the subsidised U-Link includes three services: The U1 connects UWE Frenchay with the shops of Gloucester Road and Broadmead before continuing to Temple Meads and UWE Bower Ashton (the U2 does the same route but terminates at Broadmead). The U3 takes in Fishponds and Stapleton Road before it heads into Broadmead. If you miss the U-Link, the 70 will get you to those Frenchay lectures and the 73 goes most of the way. The N61 night service runs once an hour in the small hours between the city centre and UWE Frenchay.

Local trains are a great way to get around; cheap, efficient if a little limited. They run from Temple Meads through to Severn Beach/Avonmouth, conveniently stopping at Gloucester and Whiteladies Road.

The Bristol Ferry Boat Co. runs a cheap and scenic commuter service between Temple Meads and the city centre and all the way down the harbour.

Only one thing to remember: look for the registration tag on a taxi BEFORE getting in. Bristol Uni students can use their student card as a deposit in Swift Line taxis when they find themselves stranded and cashless. Useful numbers are:
Bristol City Taxis - 01179232526
Bristol and Avon Taxis - 01179420000
Yellow Cab Co. - 01179231515

Skipping Town?
MegaBus goes to Wales and London from the city centre (just outside Colston Hall) while National Express goes direct to London with very cheap ‘Funfare’ tickets. The bus station is just behind Broadmead.

Temple Meads is the major station with regular trains to London, the North, Wales and the rest of the South West. Bristol Parkway is nearly as convenient.

From Bristol Airport you can get to North America, North Africa and almost anywhere in Europe. The Bristol International Flyer bus service runs between Temple Meads and the airport via the bus station.

Nick Easton

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg

Leave a Reply