Bristol is an easy city to negotiate on foot, with plenty of attractions close to one another. There are, however, taxis, trains and an extensive bus network available. There are plenty of car rental agencies available, though the city centre can get congested and hiring a car is probably only worthwhile if travelling beyond the city. Bristol is a popular place for cyclists and despite plenty of hills, the city has an excellent urban bike route. The Bristol Ferry Boat is a fun and leisurely way to explore the city; it offers leisure and commuter services in the harbour.
GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
Netspanning is 230 volt, 50Hz. Stekkers met drie platte pinnen.
De munteenheid is de Britse pond (GBP). Eén pond is 100 pence. Geldautomaten zijn in alle steden te vinden. Visa, MasterCard en American Express worden algemeen geaccepteerd; bezoekers met andere creditcards wordt aangeraden van te voren de gangbaarheid ervan te controleren bij de verstrekker. Buitenlandse valuta kunnen worden ingewisseld bij wisselkantoren en grote hotels, maar banken hanteren de beste wisselkoersen.
Het landnummer voor bellen naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk is +44. Mobiele telefoons doen het door het hele land; lokale aanbieders maken gebruik van GSM 1800-netwerken die niet allemaal geschikt zijn voor Amerikaanse dual-band mobiele telefoons. Internetcafés zijn te vinden in alle grote en kleine steden, op treinstations en luchthavens, en wifi is vrijwel overal beschikbaar.
|Nieuwjaarsdag||1 jan||1 jan|
|Nieuwjaar (alleen Schotland)||2 jan||2 jan|
|Sint Patrick (alleen Noord-Ierland)||17 mrt||17 mrt|
|Goede vrijdag||3 apr||25 mrt|
|Tweede paasdag||6 apr||28 mrt|
|Meifeest||4 mei||2 mei|
|Nationale vrije dag (voorjaar)||25 mei||30 mei|
|Oranjemannendag (alleen Noord-Ierland)||12 jul||12 jul|
|Nationale vrije dag (zomer)||31 aug||29 aug|
|Sint Andreas (alleen Schotland)||30 nov||30 nov|
|Eerste kerstdag||25 dec||25 dec|
|Tweede kerstdag||26 dec||26 dec|
Bristol's climate is unpredictable, much like the rest of the United Kingdom. Situated in the southwest of the country and sheltered largely by Exmoor and the Mendip Hills, Bristol is in fact one of the UK's warmest cities. Summers are usually sunny and warm, while winters are cold and wet. Summer days, however, can start out overcast and damp, clearing later. In summer, temperatures average between 53°F (12°C) and 71°F (22°C); and in winter, temperatures average between 37°F (3°C) and 48°F (9°C). Rain is possible in any season, but late-autumn and winter are the wettest seasons. The best time to travel to Bristol is during the summer (June to August) when it is usually warm and sunny. Winters are wet, but comparatively mild temperature-wise. A good time to plan a short break in Bristol is at the end of July when the popular Harbour Festival takes place, one of the largest free events in England with music on five stages, street theatre, markets and a fireworks display.
Bristol International Flyer buses depart for the city centre (including the train station) every eight minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes off-peak. The journey takes about 30 minutes and costs around £7 for a one-way ticket. Taxis are available outside the terminal.
Car hire companies include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National.
Taxis are available all day and night at the airport, located outside the terminal building. Passengers can visit the booking desk within the covered walkway, where they will be quoted a fixed fare and allocated a taxi. Payment can be made by card at the booking desk, or by cash to the driver.
Facilities at Bristol Airport include a bureau de change, ATM, bars, restaurants, shops, an executive lounge and tourist information desk. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs are advised to contact their airline in advance.
There is short and long-term car parking available. Spaces can be pre-booked via the airport website.
Free wifi is available and there are internet kiosks before and after security.