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Transfer from Cardiff to Bristol Airport

Private Transfer from Cardiff to Bristol Airport

One of the major disappointments for international travelers in the Cardiff and South Wales area has been the failure to develop Cardiff International as a major airport for the region. Being inside Cardiff Airport is a pleasure, getting there is not too difficult either, although creating a two-lane highway would help. The main issue is that there is not the range of flights available particularly to Europe with the low-cost airlines such as Easyjet, Ryan Air and Wizz. In this article we look at the alternative options to a Private Transfer from Cardiff to Bristol Airport.

Many are left with no option but to travel over the Severn Bridge to use Bristol Airport which is hardly in the best location either. However, their management team have been able to put together an impressive and growing flight destination timetable perfect for travelers.

Train to Bristol Airport from Cardiff or South Wales

Unfortunately, the nearest mainline railway station to Bristol Airport is Bristol Temple Meads which is 8 miles away from Bristol Airport.

It takes approximately 1 hour to travel from Cardiff Central Station to Bristol Temple Meads Station and a further 25 minutes by road on the Airport Flyer Express Link to reach Bristol Airport. At peak times the Airport Flyer Express Link runs every 10 minutes so there wouldn’t be much wasted time at Bristol Temple Meads. On the flip side you do have the inconvenience of moving your luggage from the train to bus and back, assuming there is enough space for everyone’s luggage.

Many of the low-cost flights from Bristol Airport depart at very early times and it is impossible to reach the airport by check-in time via rail.

It costs about £30 per person for a return from Cardiff Central Station to Bristol Airport using the combination of train and Airport Flyer Express Link.

Bus to Bristol Airport from Cardiff or South Wales

There is no doubt that travelling by National Express or on similar coach service is the cheapest way to get from South Wales to Bristol Airport but the main problem is getting to the coach station in Cardiff.

Since the old Cardiff Bus Station located in front of Cardiff Central Railway Station was closed, the National Express coaches depart from Sophia Gardens. Sophia Gardens Coach station is not the most accessible location and you will first have to get there by road or foot.

The direct Cardiff City Centre to Bristol Airport service runs up to 10 times a day and the fastest route will get you there in 1 hour 20 minutes.

There are regular National Express coaches throughout the day. However, the earliest coach from Cardiff will get you to Bristol Airport at 5:50am which is great if you are catching a flight at 8:00am. Anything earlier would require you to travel the night before and wait at the airport.

The avenger price for a return on the National Express from Cardiff to Bristol Airport is £30 per person. You can take two 20kg suitcases and one item of hand luggage per adult on National Express coaches which exceeds to amount of checked in luggage on most flights from Bristol Airport.

Driving to Bristol Airport from Cardiff and South Wales

Driving to Bristol Airport form Cardiff is a distance of 48 miles and given normal driving conditions will take 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Detailed driving directions from South Wales to Bristol Airport are:

  • Follow the M4 over the second Severn Crossing.
  • Take junction 22 to get onto the M49
  • Merge onto the M5
  • Take junction 19 to get onto the A369
  • Take a right into high Street
  • Turn left into Mill Lane/Portbury Lane
  • Take a left onto the B3128/Clevedon Road
  • Take the first right into Flax Bourton Road
  • Continue until the road becomes the B3129/Bellmont Hill
  • Turn left when you reach B3130/Clevedon Road
  • Head right onto A34/Bridgewater Road
  • Leave the roundabout near the airport at the North Side Road exit
  • This road will take you to Bristol airport

Bristol Airport Car Parking Options

Drop Off/Pick Up

There is a dedicated car park for friends, family and taxi drivers to leave their vehicle for 10 minutes at a charge of £6. Here you can simply drop off or park up and go inside to welcome or say goodbye to friends and family. The drop off/pick up is situated on level ground within 100 meters of the terminal.

Alternatively, when travelling with us, we offer a wait and return service. 

Short and Long Term Airport Parking

Gold Zone– Cost for 7 days £74.99

  • Transfer time –  3 to 4 minute walk
  • Self-park and keep your keys

Silver Zone – Cost for 7 days £79.99

  • Transfer time: 7 to 9 minute bus ride
  • Efficient key-drop service
  • Frequent, short bus transfer

Multi-storey – Cost for 7 days £79.99

  • Transfer time 2-3 min walk
  • Wide, covered parking spaces
  • Opposite the terminal
  • Empty space indicator lights  
  • Monitored 24 hours a day

Private Airport Transfer to Bristol Airport from Cardiff or South Wales

While taking the coach service from Cardiff to Bristol Airport is probably the cheapest option you still need to get to Sophia Gardens to get on the bus. Booking a private airport transfer from South Wales to Bristol Airport is definitely the fastest, most convenient way to travel as you will be taken from door to door without any changes.

A private transfer from Cardiff to Bristol Airport also gives you flexibility and you can take stops if you need to. We can provide; car seats, WIFI, refreshments and charging points.

If there are a group of you that are taking a private transfer from South Wales to Bristol Airport is the cheapest option. Unlike other options you will be collected from your pick up point (multiple pick up points are possible) and go directly to Bristol Airport.

Additionally, when you take a private transfer from Cardiff to Bristol Airport your driver can locate problems ahead and find alternative routes which are not possible for buses and trains.

Another concerning factor is the COVID-19 Coronavirus. While you cannot avoid lots of other people at the airport and on the plane, the open spaces at the airport and ventilation on the plane are known as a low risk for infection. This is certainly not the case on buses and trains where you are in a confined space for long periods of time where multiple people are touching the same surfaces.

By booking private airport transfer to Bristol Airport from Cardiff or South Wales you will minimise your contact with people that you do not know.

Bristol Airport Airlines

Bristol Airport has an impressive list of airlines that provide scheduled flights within the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world. Currently the airlines that fly to and from Bristol Airport are:

Most Popular Destinations From Bristol (BRS)

Based on number of scheduled departures, these are the most popular destinations from Bristol Airport (per month):

  • Schiphol 165 flights
  • Dublin 145 flights
  • Edinburgh 103 flights
  • Geneva Cointrin 93 flights
  • Glasgow 92 flights
  • Aldergrove 76 flights
  • Charles De Gaulle 56 flights
  • Newcastle 53 flights
  • Alicante46 flights
  • Malaga45 flights
  • Brussels Natl 44 flights
  • Venezia Tessera 36 flights
  • Tenerife South 34 flights
  • Barcelona 33 flights
  • Balice Jp Ii International Airport 29
  • Dyce 24 flights
  • Jersey 24 flights
  • Lanzarote Airport 23 flights
  • Faro 23 flights
  • Malpensa 22 flights

An interesting statistic is the number of flights within Great Britain, with many passengers choosing to avoid the stress of driving on Britain’s busy roads or taking the expensive rail network.

The number of routes will expand dramatically as the Covid-19 crisis comes to an end in 2021 as airlines re-introduce routes that currently require quarantine or are out of bounds for UK travellers.

Charter Destinations from Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport tour operators offer charter flights to a wide range of exotic destinations.  There are long-haul flights to Toronto in Canada, New York in the US, and Orlando in Florida. You can visit African resorts such as Banjul in Gambia, Marrakech in Morocco, Dakar in Senegal and Monastir in Tunisia.

Low-Cost Flights From Bristol Airport

There are low-cost flights from Bristol to ski havens Salzburg and Innsbruck. There are also flights to key cities and major airports in Belgium, Bulgaria, Corsica, Croatia and Cyprus. The most popular destinations include Prague in the Czech Republic and more adventurous Finnish cities such as Enontekio, Ivalo, Kittila and Rovaniemi.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays Opens its Tenth UK Base at Bristol Airport

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced the launch of flights and holidays from Bristol Airport which will become the company’s tenth UK base.

The leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist will be flying to 33 destinations from Bristol Airport. Holidaymakers can choose from 29 summer destinations including four new and exclusive destinations from Bristol Airport:

  • Izmir in Turkey
  • Kalamata and Lesvos in Greece
  • Costa de Almeria in Mainland Spain

There are 11 destinations for Winter 21/22 including the best sun and ski destinations across Europe, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean.

In its first summer of operations from Bristol Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, will operate up to 56 weekly flights. A fleet of three Bristol based aircraft will fly customers to a wide choice of destinations across Mainland Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Madeira.

This programme for the first summer of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays operations from Bristol Airport, representing 450,000 seats on sale. The inaugural flight will be departing to Lanzarote on 1st April 2021.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays VIP customer service includes friendly flight times and a generous 22kg baggage allowance through a flight-only booking with Jet2.com. The service also includes in-resort customer helpers, transfers, free child places and ATOL protection.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ arrival at Bristol Airport will see more than 200 new jobs being created with roles including flight and cabin crew, engineers and ground operations staff.

Bristol Airport COVID-19 Travel Information

Bristol Airport have a range of measures in place to create a safe environment for everyone:

  • Face covering: Wear a face mask or appropriate face covering when you are at the airport for adults and children 11 years and over. All front-line staff wear face masks or visors. Please check the latest guidance if you cannot wear a face mask/covering for medical reasons


  • Social distancing: Clear signs and floor markings have been introduced to help everyone keep a safe distance and guide you through the airport. Only family groups or people travelling together will be able to use the lifts at the same time
  • Hand sanitising: hand sanitising dispensers are available throughout the terminal
  • Enhanced cleaning: All high frequency touch-point areas sanitised hourly and electrostatic fogging is in use
  • Protective shields: Where people interact such as check-in desks and tills
  • Only passengers can enter the airport or if you are helping a passenger who needs special assistance

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