If you are driving to Bristol and planning to stay for the day then one of the easiest and best value places to park is at one of Bristol's Park and Ride services. Parking is free but you pay 4 GBP for the return bus fare to the city centre per adult before 10 am and 3 GBP after. Up to two children travel free on the bus (additional children cost 2 GBP). Children under five travel free on all services. Discounts are available for regular users and annual season tickets. One important thing to note is that all Park and Rides are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
If you are arriving from the North (Birmingham / M5 direction) then you are best advised to use the Portway Park and Ride (Postcode BS11 9QE). If you are arriving from the East (London direction) then use the Bath Road Park and Ride (Postcode BS4 5lR). If you are arriving from the South West (Bristol Airport / Exeter direction) then use the Long Ashton Park and Ride (Postcode BS3 2HB).
Please note that it is not recommended to leave your cars overnight at the Park and Ride as they are only staffed during opening hours between 06.15 and 20:00 Monday to Friday.
Portway is the Northern most car park with very regular buses to the city centre forming part of the Park and Ride service. This is most appropriate if you are approaching Bristol from the north or south on the M5 or from Wales on the M4.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to Bristol City Centre by bus from Portway Park and Ride.
Long Ashton is the closest to the city centre and located to the east. Use this car park if you are approaching Bristol on the A370 from Weston Supermare, Clevedon or Bristol Airport.
Buses take 15 minutes to get to Bristol City Centre.
Bath Road Park and Ride is situated to the south east of Bristol city centre. This is most appropriate if you are approaching Bristol from the Bath along the A4.
Buses takes 25 minutes to get to Bristol City Centre.
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