Sleeping in Airports

Bristol Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Bristol Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Bristol International Airport.

What to Expect

Bristol International Airport provides passenger services in a modern, single-terminal building with 16 gates, and a variety of shopping and dining options, including duty-free and at least one 24-hour eatery. WiFi is available, and additional services and comforts can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Many passengers choose to sleep in the airport overnight due to early morning flights; however, there have been reports of airport staff waking overnight sleepers. The terminal is small, and most seating consists of armrest-free benches that are described as uncomfortable; however, there is a comfortable couch landside near the Costa cafe. Travellers should bring extra layers or a travel blanket, and earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones to account for chilly temperatures and noise in the terminal. For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel at the airport and some other hotels within walking distance. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Aspire Lounge – Location: Airside, Mezzanine Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Do not use this lounge for sleeping. A traveller who visited the lounge in November 2015 says “I fell asleep in the Aspire lounge ($6,000 1st class ticket) and instead of politely telling me that sleeping was not allowed in the lounge, the attendant talked loudly at the front calling me names in order to try and shame me into leaving.”

If sleeping in Bristol Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport that offer a free 24-hour airport shuttle:

  • Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport – (250 meters from the airport entrance) Acces the hotel via a direct walkway. » Check Rates
  • Acorns Guest House – (500 meters from the airport entrance) Free airport transfers are available 24/7. Once you have picked up your luggage call 01275 474 464 then proceed to the Short Stay & Pick up Area, located opposite the terminal. » Check Rates
  • Forge Accommodation – (4 minute walk from the airport) Free airport transfers are available 24/7 upon request. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Bristol Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Bristol Airport for 60 minutes. Connect to the “Bristol Airport WiFi” network. For longer surfing, you will need to pay extra.

Internet desks are available both landside and airside.

Communications

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are located throughout the airport.
  • Baby Supplies – Superdrug is located Airside and offers pre-order service for baby milk, diapers and baby food simply place your order 7 days before your travel and pick up post security, freeing up space in your hand luggage for other essentials.
  • High Chairs – All restaurants and cafes provide high chairs and a 13-amp baby food-warming unit, ask the staff for details. They will also provide hot water in a suitable container, depending on what you need it for and subject to the appropriate safety precautions. Please be aware that staff are not permitted to use microwaves to warm baby food or milk.

Food & Drinks

  • Drinking Water – Water fountains are available Landside (Arrivals, near the Baggage Claim) and Airside (at the entrance of the walkway to Gates 9-16. A traveller (July 2018) tells us that the airport has provided a sink (just before security) where you can dispose of your water if you want to bring your empty bottle through security.
  • Food & Drinks – There is one food and beverage option that is open 24 hours.  All other restaurants and cafes are open according to flight schedules.
    • Landside: Caffe Ritazza (open 24 hours) • Costa Cafe (opposite check-in desk 46)
    • Airside: no 24 hour options are available.

Information

  • Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An information desk can be found on the Ground Floor, near WHSmith. Hours: unknown.

Luggage

  • Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available. Rates: £2 or €2 (cash or credit card).
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – A left luggage facility is available. Proceed to the Information Point in the main check-in hall and an agent will assist you. Rates: £5 (up to 4 hours) – £8.50 (for 8 – 24 hours). Cash payments only.
  • Luggage Weigh – Avoid unexpected overage fees by using Weigh Ahead service to check the weight of your bags before you check-in! Fee: £1.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags by having them covered in plastic wrap. Location: in the Check-In area.

Medical Services

  • Pharmacy – A Superdrug is located on the First Floor. Hours: with flight schedule.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. The machines dispense Sterling and Euros. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: departure and arrivals areas.
  • Currency Exchange – Moneycorp offers a Premier Buyback service, which means that Moneycorp will buy back any leftover currency at the same rate as you bought it. There are 3 foreign exchange locations: Landside (near the easyJet counter) • Airside (near World Duty Free) • Arrivals (International Baggage Claim Hall). Hours: vary according to day and location. Additionally, there are 10 ATM’s throughout the airport which dispenses Euros and Sterlings.

Prayer

  • Prayer Room – A Multi-Faith-Area is available Airside, between the Central Pier and Gates 32-34.

Rest & Relaxation

Security

  • Fast Track Service – As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Cost: 3.95 BP

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – In addition to a Duty Free shop there are other stores such as WH Smith, Dixons Travel, Accessorize, JD, Traveller, Superdrug, Claire’s and Flying Visit.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – At one point the airport had showers. As of our October 2018 update we’re not sure if they are still there. If you know, please email us [email protected] and we will update this information if they are no longer available. Based on old info we have the showers were in the main terminal before check-in and accessible with assistance from the International Desk. Rate: £10.

Things to do & see

  • Roof Terrace – When the weather is nice, wait for your flight on the roof terrace. To get there, go to the Mezzanine level.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of October 2018, Bristol airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aurigny • Austrian Airlines • BH Airlines • BMI Regional • British Airways • Flybmi • EasyJet • KLM • RyanAir • Thomas Cook Airlines • TUI • Wizz Air.

The airport is well connected to the bus system. As of this December 2017 update, some sample options include: Airport Flyer Express Bus, every 10 minutes, £7 single one-way ticket • Airport Flyer connecting to Weston-super-Mare, every hour, £5 single one-way ticket • Bath Bus Company connecting to Bath, every 30 minutes, £14 single one-way ticket. For schedules and additional route and fare information, visit the Bristol Airport website.

Onsite car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz , National and Sixt.

Taxis are available in front of the airport terminal on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

The Airport Flyer enables you to access the rail network from Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare station. There are frequent services to Bath, the West Country, as well as further on to London, South Wales and the rest of the UK.

You can buy train tickets to most UK railway stations, and the Airport Flyer, from the rail ticket machine at the Bristol Airport Arrivals concourse.

Last updated: 2018-10-29

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.