Airport parking at Bristol Airport

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Airport parking – rate it, or hate it? If you follow me on social media, you may be aware that I recently spent a week in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. Normally when I go on holiday, I travel to the airport by coach, Mega Bus or train, but this time my boyfriend was very keen to drive us there and back instead, so we decided to use the airport parking at Bristol Airport.


Arriving at Bristol Airport at around 6.30am on a Saturday, the car park was immediately visible opposite the airport and we located the Short Stay car park in a matter of minutes. 

Airport parking at Bristol Airport
The payment process was really simple and quick because we didn’t actually have to pay anything upon arrival – we simply took a ticket from the barrier as we drove in, and kept it to insert back into the machine when we left the car park after our holiday. This would save considerable time if you happened to be in a rush to catch your plane!

The short stay car park was relatively busy, but it didn’t take us long to find an empty parking space. After locking the car, it took us less than two minutes to reach the entrance to Bristol Airport, even though we were both carrying heavy suitcases. As there is a slope leading up to the airport from the car park, thankfully we didn’t have to lug our suitcases up any steps.


When we arrived back in Bristol Airport at around 2.30pm the following Saturday, after a fun-filled week in Sunny Beach, we were completely exhausted and couldn’t wait to get home. 

Payment machine at Bristol Airport Short Stay car park
Luckily, leaving the car park was a breeze. We inserted our original ticket into one of the many payment machines dotted around the car park and cleared our balance, then the ticket shot back out with the payment details printed across the front. Upon driving out of the car park, we inserted this into the ticket barrier and we were able to exit the car park straight away.

Ticket for airport parking at Bristol Airport
Airport parking in the Short Star car park at Bristol Airport costs from Β£1 for up to 20 minutes, to Β£28 for 12-24 hours. This can be booked in advance for stays of one or two days but if you’re planning on staying longer, just take a ticket from the entrance barrier and pay at the pay station before you leave. Dependent on the length of your stay, however, it is worth checking the tariffs for the Long Stay car park too, as you could save a considerable amount of money by parking here instead – and you can get a discount for booking in advance. If you’ll be driving to the airport on your next getaway, check your MOT is in date and ensure your car is roadworthy in advance – you don’t want to miss your flight because of a breakdown!

Do you use airport parking when you go on holiday, or do you prefer to travel to the airport by public transport?

Bristol Airport kindly provided me with complimentary airport parking in exchange for an honest review.



  1. July 3, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    My husband prefers airport parking for the convenient reasons you mentioned. I think it can get really expensive. Depending on which airport we use in LA, I like to take Uber.

    • July 10, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      I’ve heard a few people prefer Uber too; it often works out just the same as airport parking, so I have worked out.

  2. July 9, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I hate airport parking – it is so expensive! I usually get a taxi to the airport or use one of the shuttle buses!

    • July 10, 2017 / 2:56 pm

      For me, a taxi to the airport would be ridiculously expensive. Public transport is cheaper, but not as convenient.

  3. Rachel
    July 9, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I’ve never flown from Bristol before, I usually fly from Manchester and sometimes drive and park there! xo

    • July 10, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      I like flying from Bristol, it’s relatively hassle-free usually.

  4. July 9, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    We’ll be travelling soon so it’s good to know you had a good experience with airport parking as that is what we plan to do too x

    • July 10, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      I’d use it again without a doubt!

  5. Gareth Torrance (@marketing_punk)
    July 10, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    We’ve only just started using airport parking now, as we found that it was the same price to park at Luton Airport as it was to get a taxi from my half-sister’s place to the airport and back πŸ™‚

    • July 10, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Wow, it’s surprising how competitively priced it can be!

  6. July 10, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    I think airport parking is helpful but I think it can get pricey sometimes. I have some friends who prefer airport parking because he lives miles away and it would be more of a hassle if he commutes because he usually have a lot of baggage when he travels.

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      I agree, it can get expensive. It’s a good idea to compare costs in advance to see what will work out best for you. It was so nice not to have to lug our suitcases around on public transport!

  7. July 10, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    I find airport parking so convenient and really well priced if you book in advance.

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Yes, I find it’s always wise to check prices as far in advance as possible to get the best deal you can find.

  8. July 10, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    I have to admit I’ve never tried airport parking but this sounds like a really simple system in operation. I shall definitely have to look into costing.

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      If I could drive, I would probably use it more. It’s worth taking a look into πŸ™‚

  9. July 10, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    I don’t have a car but I normally get public transport or a taxi if I am going to the airport. It is good that the payment process was so simple for you though! x

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Me too! My boyfriend drives, which was handy on this occasion. I can’t believe how easy it was.

  10. Sandeep Beep
    July 11, 2017 / 12:37 am

    I’ve never dared to park at an airport after seeing all the horror stories on the telly, but maybe it’s not that bad considering your experience was so easy πŸ™‚ I might have to reconsider it in future!

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      We had such a hassle-free experience, but I bet it can be frustrating if things go wrong.

  11. I have to say I didn’t even know Bristol had an airport!! My bad… I’ve never used Airport Parking myself because it’s so expensive in London but this sounds more reasonable!

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Oh wow, really? I thought Bristol was quite a popular airport. In Wales, we have Cardiff Airport which is even smaller and can be more expensive, so I fly from Bristol normally πŸ™‚

  12. July 11, 2017 / 10:43 am

    I usually prebook airport parking and usually pay Β£20-35 for about 3-5 days which isn’t too bad x

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      That sounds like a great rate!

  13. July 11, 2017 / 11:41 am

    I always try to book parking at the airport, I just find it’s such a swift and easy process x

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      I agree! I wish I could drive, if I could I would use airport parking more often.

  14. Danielle
    July 11, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    We have done airport parking a couple of times and it is convienient and it’s good when the buses are regular.

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      We were lucky the car park we stayed in was so close to the airport, we didn’t have to get a bus to the terminal from where we were. I can imagine it being more troublesome if you had to factor this in as well.

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      I really enjoyed the convenience – it was such a short walk from the airport, and we didn’t have to wait around for a coach or train πŸ™‚

  15. July 11, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I live in the US and when I used to fly when I was little my parents would have us take public transportation to the airport so we didn’t have to park there. For us, parking at the airport can be a nightmare.

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      I see what you mean, sometimes it’s nice to leave the car at home so you don’t have to worry about it, and it’s always a good idea to compare costs for different ways of getting to the airport, with airport parking.

  16. July 11, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    We never use airport parking, preferring to rope one of our parents to taking us there or using a minibus. I think airport parking can be really expensive but that’s actually really not that bad!

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      It’s always nice to get a lift πŸ™‚ I was surprised at how expensive it can be, but I always surprised at how little the difference in cost is compared with public transport and Uber, at times.

  17. July 12, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    When I go on holiday, my parents usually drop me off then pick me up but they often park in the short stay when picking me up but it cost a fortune just for an hour stay! So to pay Β£1 for 20 seems like Bristol airport is much cheaper!

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Yeah I don’t think Β£1 for 20 mins is bad to be honest. If they didn’t charge a fee, the car park could get really congested with all the people who need lifts, etc.

  18. July 12, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Great to hear you had a smooth experience with the airport parking. I think I might use this next time.

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      It can be a lot more hassle-free and convenient, just depends on how the cost works out in comparison to other ways of getting to the airport.

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      I haven’t used it anywhere else so I have nothing to compare the Bristol Airport parking to, but I had a very positive first experience with airport parking in general there.

  19. July 14, 2017 / 8:27 am

    As I don’t drive I usually get a lift or make my way on public transport, but my parents always park at the airport. Glad to hear it was a fuss free process for you, nothing worse than panicking about missing your flight or being delayed coming home because of parking

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      I’m the same as you usually – really need to have some driving lessons – but my boyfriend drives so it was a lot more convenient for us πŸ™‚

  20. July 15, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    I haven’t flown from Bristol before but when I fly from Newcastle, Gatwick or Manchester, I always use their airport parking, it makes flying such a breeze! xxx

    • July 21, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      I don’t drive myself so I haven’t used it before, but it is so handy. I really need to learn to drive!

  21. August 5, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    We are local to Heathrow and that’s where we’ve flown out of mostly. It’s quite pricey to park so we tend to use public transport. Bristol sounds much more reasonable! Wish we lived closer!

    • August 5, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      I love flying from Bristol Airport; it’s relatively hassle-free, and so close to Cardiff – but a lot cheaper than Cardiff Airport.

  22. August 5, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    We sometimes find it handy to park because we need the children’s car seats anyway.

    • August 5, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      That’s a good reason to use airport parking πŸ™‚

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