Bristol Airport Departures

Bristol International Airport

Address: Bristol BS48 3DY
Phone: +44 871 334 4444
IATA airport code: BRS
Number of passengers: 8,964,242
Serves: Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Wiltshire

BRS Departures today

Discover Bristol International Airport Departures

Bristol Airport is located in the South West of England, close to Wales. The city of Bristol is approximately 7 miles/11 kilometers from the airport. The airport is easy to reach by car or public transport. There are various parking options as well as Drop & Go and Meet & Greet. There is 1 terminal where both domestic and international flights are carried out. One runway available for all flights and also a Hilton hotel at the airport.


The story all started in 1927 when a number of businessmen raised money to build an airport. Because it was in Whitchurch it was called Bristol Whitchurch Airport. Until the Second World War, only 4,000 passengers per year used this civil airport. In order to continue growing after the war, the runway had to be extended. Because of the surrounding houses, there was no space. A new location was opened in 1955 which opened two years later. In the same year, 33,000 passengers were transported. After the Bristol departures increased, the terminal was also expanded.

In the early 1980s, more than a dozen airlines had flights to holiday destinations. There was even an international Bristol airport departures lounge, duty-free shopping and a 24-hour bar. The airport became increasingly crowded with more than 100,000 people and a new and larger terminal had to be considered. In the meantime, the airport was given the name International because of the many overseas departures. The new terminal finally opened in 2000. It grew rapidly to 3 million passengers. There was even a transatlantic service in 2005 with a route to New York Newark Airport. In 2008, 6 million people passed by. The facilities had to be expanded to a capacity of 10 million. Due to the pandemic, the airport was even temporarily closed in 2020.

Flight routes Bristol Airport

Most BRS departures went to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport followed closely by Dublin. Edinburgh, located in Scotland, is also doing well in third place. After that come the Spanish holiday destinations of Malaga, Alicante and Palma de Mallorca. Flying to these Spanish cities mainly happens with Ryanair and Easyjet. For the top 3 cities this is also KLM and Aer Lingus. Some other options that many people like to fly to:

Terminal of Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has 1 terminal where all Bristol airport flight departures are handled. The check-in counters are on the ground floor. Then you will go to the first floor for the security check. From there you can go to the relevant gates for the Bristol Airport departures. All Bristol flight departures go through the only 2 km (6,600 ft) runway there is. There has been plans of enlarging the terminal, car park and taxiways to create greater capacity. However, this entire plan was canceled because BAAN voted against the plan. Without expansion, the airport has already seen growth in passenger numbers for 10 years. Aircraft movements, however, decreased in the last few years. This means better utilization of the aircraft. There were 69,434 Bristol Airport departures in 2019 with almost 9 million passengers.



Bristol Airport ground transportation
  • With the Airport Flyer bus you can easily and quickly travel to Bristol Airport from the center of the city. There are Bristol departures every 20 minutes that take half an hour. The price is 8 pounds for a one-way ticket. Return tickets are cheaper and valid for one month.
  • There is also a local bus and coach bus service. There are several options with the local bus. Destinations such as Bath, Exeter, Plymouth and Clevedon are available. The coach buses travel longer distances.
  • You can also rent a car. There are car rental companies available in the terminal.
  • Traveling by taxi is safe and you need to be less flexible. Travel directly to your destination for a fixed agreed price with arrow taxis.
  • Parking: as shown in the picture, there are many options for parking your car. If you want to walk straight into the terminal, the Meet & Greet is a good option. Hand over your car after reservation and it will be parked in a safe place for you. You can walk directly to the terminal to check in and through security to the departures hall. It can go just as fast if you are brought by car by friends or family. The Drop & Go area can be used for this. If you want to stay for a few days to a week, the Multi Storey Car Park and Short Stay Pick Up are very good options. Just a maximum of 5 minutes walk. For a slightly longer stay you can go for Long Stay. Slightly further away but also slightly cheaper. If you really want to go away a little longer and don’t mind being taken to a parking location with a shuttle service, you can go for Silver Zone Parking. A shuttle departs every 15 minutes to the terminal and back. This is a 5 minute ride. Then there is also the option to stay at the Hilton Hotel which is located just in front of the airport. It is ideal because you can reserve a parking space in combination. If you have an early departure and start the journey with peace of mind, go for this option.

Bristol Departures Airport Map


As mentioned in the parking options, the Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport hotel is located opposite the terminal. If it is not necessary for you, you can also choose one of the many B&Bs or guesthouses in the area. If you want a little more luxury, you can go for a hotel in the city. There are many good options for an affordable price. Some examples:

  • Clayton Hotel Bristol City
  • Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre, an IHG Hotel
  • Artist Residence Bristol
  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Bristol City Centre
  • Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre