Taxis

Taxis are numerous in the area and there are taxi ranks on Park Street, Queen’s Road near Sainsbury’s and St Augustine’s Parade (outside Bristol Hippodrome).

By Bus

By BusThis will be the cheapest way from most places in the UK. It is also a very cheap option from some places in Europe using Eurolines. Take a National Express coach from your nearest terminus to Bristol Bus and Coach Station. This is about 15 minutes walk from the venue, and is shown on our map.

St George’s is served by frequent bus services from Temple Meads rail station: 1, 2, 8, 9.

Visit the First Bus information website for details of the best bus for your journey.

By Car

By Car - DriveBristol is congested, and parking can be expensive. The Travel West website has information about parking (here’s a map of all the car parks in Bristol) and Park and Ride services.

It’s possible to make a road trip from continental Europe. You can take your car or motorbike very cheaply on a ferry to any South-West port. You can also come through the Channel Tunnel on Le Shuttle. Very low prices are available for a car with up to 9 people inside.

Parking your car in Bristol might be expensive, but some hotels or guest houses may have free parking included, it’s worth asking if you are planning to drive.

On-street parking is metered (Mon-Sat £2.50 after 6pm, Sun no charge). The nearest car parks are located on Trenchard Street*, Berkeley Place*, College Street*, Frog Lane* and Millennium Square (*Sun £1.60 any period). See car parks

By Train

By trainTake the train to Bristol Temple Meads. Trains from London Paddington take between 1 hour 45 minutes and 2 hours. Trains from Birmingham New Street take 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Booking: Book your tickets online, about six weeks before. If you buy them on the day, they will usually cost 200% more. Many sites sell tickets for UK train travel. Some charge a booking fee, some don’t. Some are easier to use than others. In no special order: National Rail, GWR, My Train Ticket, The Trainline, Red Spotted Hanky, Virgin Trains. Be sure to allow plenty of time for transfer from airport to train station as advance tickets can only be used on that specific timed train.

Many sites also offer live train information on the web and on your smartphone.

Bristol Temple Meads is about 15 minutes walk from the venue. It is shown on our map. You can take a taxi.

By Eurostar

By trainIf you live near Paris, Lille, or Brussels, you can take the Eurostar. When you arrive at St. Pancras International, take the Underground Hammersmith and City Line (pink on the map) or Circle Line (yellow on the map) to Paddington. Then take the train from Paddington to Bristol, as above.

Book Eurostar tickets up to four months in advance, directly via the Eurostar website, for the best price.

You can book your UK train ticket online (see “By Train”) from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. You can have your Underground ticket from St Pancras included or use any contactless bank card as your Underground ticket. Or you can buy one at St Pancras. It’s much easier to collect tickets to Bristol at Paddington than it is at St Pancras.

We’ve written detailed instructions for travelling from St Pancras to Paddington, to make this less scary.

By Plane via Bristol

By AirThe nearest airport is Bristol. You can fly direct to Bristol Airport from most countries in Europe, and a few other destinations: click here for the list of all routes.

By BusA bus departs from right outside the airport: the Bristol Flyer. It goes every 10 minutes at most times of day, costs £11 return, and takes about 20 minutes. It stops at Bristol Bus Station, shown on our map. There are other stops, shown on the Bristol Flyer website. One of them might be closer to your accommodation. Check the Bristol Flyer website for the timetable and map of all stops. The bus driver will usually help so ask what the best stop is for your hotel when you board and the driver will usually tell you when you get there.

It is also possible to fly to the smaller cities of Cardiff [map of routes] and Exeter [map of routes]. From Cardiff, you take a £1 shuttle bus to the train station, then a train to Cardiff Central, then another train (45-55 minutes) to Bristol Temple Meads. From Exeter, you take a bus to Exeter St David’s train station, then a train (1 hour 3 minutes) to Bristol Temple Meads. Bristol Temple Meads is shown on our map.

Via London Heathrow

By Air You can fly to London Heathrow airport from almost anywhere [map of all routes]. It is a big airport; allow at least one hour to move from the plane to the train. If you have a non-EU passport, allow two hours.

Take the Heathrow Express train from inside the airport. Book your ticket online first, it’s cheaper. You can get it delivered to your smartphone, if you like. This takes 15 minutes, and ends at London Paddington. It’s very easy – here are detailed instructions, with pictures.

From London Paddington, take the train to Bristol Temple Meads as described above. This takes about two hours. Book your train ticket online (see “By Train”).

Via London Gatwick

By AirTake the Gatwick Express – this takes 30 minutes to Victoria station. Then take the Underground Victoria Line (light blue on the map) to Oxford Circus, change to the Bakerloo Line (brown on the map), and get off at Paddington Station.  This takes about 15-20 minutes.

From Paddington, take the train to Bristol Temple Meads as described above. This takes about two hours.

Book your train ticket online (see “By Train”) from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. You can have it sent to you, or collect it from the machine at Paddington. You can buy a ticket for the Underground at Victoria or use any contactless bank card to travel on the Underground.

Via London Stansted

By AirFrom London Stansted airport, take the Stansted Express. It takes 47 minutes to London Liverpool Street station. Book your tickets online, it’s cheaper. Then take the Underground Hammersmith and City Line (pink on the map) or Circle Line (yellow on the map) to Paddington Station. This takes about 20-25 minutes.

From Paddington, take the train to Bristol Temple Meads as described above. This takes about two hours.

Book your train ticket online (see “By Train”) from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. You can have it sent to you, or collect it from the machine at Paddington. You can buy a ticket for the Underground at Victoria, or use any contactless bank card to travel on the Underground.

Here are instructions for travelling across London from Liverpool Street to Paddington.

By Sea

By seaIt’s very cheap to take your car on a ferry. If you have several people sharing a car, you might be able to make a road trip. Check ports, prices, and bookings.

Don’t forget the Eurotunnel – you can travel very cheaply with several people in a car, and the crossing is very fast, only 35 minutes.

Quick Links

UK National Express buses: National Express
UK Train times and tickets: National Rail, My Train Ticket, The Trainline, Red Spotted Hanky, Virgin Trains, GWR.
International Train times and tickets: Eurostar
Channel Tunnel (for cars): Eurotunnel
Airport transfers:  Bristol Flyer, Heathrow Express, Gatwick Express, Stansted Express, London Underground Map
Airports: Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted
Flights and Airlines: Cheapflights.co.uk, Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways
Ferries: AFerry.co.uk