As Bristol is a very compact city, most of the urban attractions are easily accessible on foot and the harbor walkways provide access to the River Avon. Bristol Temple Meads Station is only a 15-minute walk from the city center, while Clifton may be a bit of a climb for some people, making the public bus system a popular option for this route. Buses are regular and efficient and go to most areas of the city, while open-top tourist buses are the ideal way to get about and see the sights. Taxis are available 24/7 and those who are interested in Bristol’s maritime past might like to travel about by ferry boat taxi.
Buses are the cheapest and most convenient way to get around Bristol and as the city and its environs are so compact, most places can be reached in no time at all. First Bristol operates the main public bus system in Bristol and there are bus stops throughout the city, where you will find information on the routes served and timetables. First Bristol bus numbers 8 and 9 are the most useful services in the city, as they cover all the main tourist areas including: Temple Meads Station, the main Broadmeads shopping area and the city center, for access to the harbor side. Services also run to the up market suburb of Clifton, where many of Bristol’s top hotels are located. Buses run frequently throughout the day and less often in the evenings, and you can buy single, flat-rate tickets, which are reasonable priced.
Travelling by taxi in Bristol is recommended if you want to reach your destination quickly and in comfort. Taxis are not too expensive, as distances between destinations within Bristol are short and taxis run on meters. You will invariably need to use a taxi rank to catch a taxi in Bristol, as opposed to the traditional method of flagging one down, and these are located at Temple Meads Station and on St Augustine’s Parade in the city center.