Getting There and Around

The LOC has prepared a handy downloadable guide on how to travel from Bristol and London Airports.

You will need to arrange your own transport to and from Bristol.  You may want to travel directly to Bristol or you could take a few extra days to see some of the rest of the UK.  London is only two hours away by train and there and many other interesting parts of the country within easy reach.  Wales is a short drive across the Severn river, the beautiful ‘West Country’ is on the doorstep and the historic cities of Bath, Wells, Cheltenham and Oxford are all within easy reach.

Getting There

The good news is that getting to Bristol is easy!


Bristol Airport is located just 13km from the city centre and has direct flights to over 100 destinations

Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports, has direct coaches to Bristol in as little as two hours.


Eurostar trains travel direct from Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris, among other destinations, in speed and comfort. They arrive at the magnificent St. Pancras station in London, where you will need to take an Underground train to Paddington, to get the train to Bristol.

The train from London Paddington (of bear fame) takes under two hours, but this line can be very expensive, depending on what time you travel and when you book your ticket.  Advanced booking is strongly recommended. Check out Great Western Railways for details.


You can drive to Bristol, but it is not necessarily recommended, as it will likely take a while.  You can get Le Shuttle through Channel Tunnel or a ferry from various countries, including France, Ireland, The Netherlands and even Spain. There is limited parking available at the venue for a small charge. Please contact the LOC if you need to arrange parking.

Getting Around

The better news is that getting around Bristol is even easier!

Most of the transport during the Forum will already be arranged. You just need to turn up and jump in.

If you do need get around in Bristol then there are a number of ways you can do this.


Bristol is a fairly compact city and much of the city centre is easily walkable.  The Forum venue is a bit out of town. To walk to the city centre will take around 45 minutes and to the train station you should leave 1 hour. It is also quite hilly, so be prepared to give your muscles a work out!


While not exactly Amsterdam (note the hills), Bristol is a cycle friendly city and you could consider hiring a bike during your visit.  For more information visit the local government’s cycling website.


The local buses are operated by the First Group, who have a handy online journey planner. Local buses can be quite slow and infrequent, so sometimes walking is easier.


Taxis are plentiful in Bristol. The blue ‘Hackney Carriages’ can be hired at taxi ranks and flagged done on the street, while private  hire vehicle can be booked over the telephone from various companies.  For more general information, check out the local government taxi website.

Uber operates in Bristol and can be booked via the app. If you have the Uber app installed on your phone in your home country, it should still work in Bristol.