Getting Around Bristol

Finding your way around Bristol

There are several websites which you can use to plan your exploration of this fascinating city. For local trips a good place to start is Travelwest. Maps of central Bristol produced by Bristol City Council are available free from the Tourist Information Centre and the city’s Students’ Unions. You can also pick up A-Z street maps covering the whole of Bristol from local bookshops and newsagents.


Free, healthy and you never know what you might discover! Join a Bristol Walking Tour to see the best of our favourite city.


The quickest, cheapest and easiest way to get around the city! Visit Better By Bike, the West’s most comprehensive cycling website, to discover local bike shops, mechanics, free loan bikes, cycle training and maps.

Remember to keep your bike safe – ask your landlord about secure cycle parking and  register your bike for free to stand a better chance of getting it back if it’s stolen.

Students in Bristol can benefit from numerous initiatives to support and encourage cycling, including free cycle training and a free cycle clinic to keep your bike in good order. Students at the University of Bristol can find out more information about cycling here and can keep up to date with cycling events and initiatives by joining the University Bike User Group mailing list, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Students at the University of the West of England can find more information about cycling here.


Bristol has a vast network of buses and there’s a great TravelWest app where you can check when your next bus is due from the comfort of your home.

For timetables and routes visit:

First Bus

Car Clubs

Have a drivers licence but don’t have access to a car, join a Car Club.
Car clubs offer pay-as-you-go cars located on streets all over Bristol (and elsewhere in the UK). For a modest annual membership fee and realistic trip mileage charges you can use them whenever you want, for as long as you want (subject to availability).

Residents Parking Scheme

Many areas of Bristol have residents parking schemes, which mean you need a permit to park in a growing number of residential areas. For more information visit the Bristol City Council website.


Students should not bring a car to Bristol unless it is essential, for example because of a disability or because of the demands of your course. Bristol is a highly congested city and driving is often not the most efficient way to get around the city.

Sustainable travel is embedded within University culture and both Universities actively encourages the use of alternative methods of travel.