Car Hire Bristol Airport

"Car hire from Bristol Airport allows you to drive quickly to the city centre without taking expensive public transport."

Bristol Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Bristol car hire can also be collected from the city centre.
  • The Somerset and Avon Police force have an office at Bristol Airport.
  • Bristol Airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence that allows flying lessons and commercial flights to take place there.
  • Bristol has the ninth busiest airport in the UK as of 2010.
  • The airport used to be known as Bristol Lulsgate Airport.

Bristol Airport Mini Guide

Tell me About the Airport…
Bristol Airport is located 13km south of Bristol, in Lulsgate Bottom, Somerset. It used to be called Bristol Lulsgate Airport but was renamed in 1997 to Bristol International Airport. In March 2010, the airport was re-branded as Bristol Airport, with the slogan ‘Amazing Journeys Start Here’.

How do I get There?
There are 19 airlines using Bristol Airport at the present time. There are a few domestic flights inside the UK and to Ireland and scheduled flights to many major cities in Europe. The majority of the flights are operated by charter and budget airlines flying into European holiday resorts and some cities in Europe but these routes are often seasonal.

Is it Easy to get to the City?
The Bristol International Flyer coach services A1 and A2 take you into Bristol city centre bus station in 30 minutes and these run every 15 minutes. This can also be combined with the rail service at Temple Meads Station. Driving is fairly easy too just take the A38 from the airport to the city.

What’s at the Airport for me?
To change your currency and collect some extra money, there are two Travelex outlets with ATMs in the terminal. There are kiosks with internet and printers available should you wish to print your ticket at the airport. You can recharge your phone at special points in the terminal. For extra comfort at the airport you can book into the Cabot Lounge, where you can use the free internet service, have a complimentary drink and a snack or just catch up on the latest news. To speed up the security process, for a small fee, you can elect to ‘fast track’ through security. If you booked a Rhino hire car, the car hire offices are situated close to the terminal building.

What if I get Hungry?
If you just need a coffee and maybe a pastry, go to Caffe Ritazza or Starbucks. Stop at Soho Coffee Co, if you need to ‘grab and go’.  Subway can serve you with hot or cold sandwiches and soup, to set you up before your flight. For American style food, visit Dexters Char Grill and Bar and delve into a juicy steak or mexican burger. Bar Zero 9 is a taste of England, so have a traditional breakfast or local sausage and mash, with a beer of course! If you want to treat yourself to something special, you can have seafood and caviar with a glass of champagne at the Seafood Bar.

Can I Shop There?
For last minute items or snacks call at the Flying Visit. WHSmith has 2 outlets, selling newspapers and books for your journey. Once you are airside, you can shop at Superdrug, for the toiletries or sun cream you forgot to pack. Buy some sunglasses or a piece of jewellery at Collection or stock up on books for the beach at WHSmith Books. World Duty Free has a wide range of luxury brands at tax free prices.

What if I Need Special Assistance?
Bristol Airport is a small airport with the furthest gate being 450m from the departures lounge. The airport advises passengers who need special assistance to arrange this in advance, so you can receive the best possible service.

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Latest Update from Bristol Airport:

20/03/2017 - Bristol has been voted 'Best Place to Live in the UK' by the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide. To Celebrate Rhino are offering a 10% discount on any car rental in Bristol until end of April 2017. Simply book from this page and follow the instructions to redeem your discount.

21/02/13 - If you're thinking of a flight abroad this summer and live near Bristol Airport there are lots of new routes being launched including bmi Regional's flights to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Milan, Munich and Bastia on Corsica.

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Cheapest price online I could find and was really easy to book. Might use you again in future thanks.

Robert - UK
05/02/2011 11:17 AM

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Bristol Airport (BRS) is actually located outside of Bristol city in North Somerset. Dealing with nearly six million passengers on an annual basis this is one of the most successful medium sized airports in the country and it recently benefited from rebranding by the company Brandstory.

That allowed Bristol Airport to maximise its potential by drawing passengers from a large catchment area including the surrounding counties of Devon and Somerset. Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways and easyJet are the three busiest airlines which operate from Bristol Airport but wherever you fly in from you can collect your hire car at Bristol Airport.

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