However you're travelling, this helpful guide will get you where you want to go.
Most areas in the centre of the city are now included in the Bristol Clean Air Zone.
You must pay to drive within the zone if your vehicle does not meet the zone's emission standards, unless you have an exemption.
All public trips depart from the Bristol Packet Ticket Office on the quayside at Wapping Wharf, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6UN.
The closest car park is SS Great Britain Parking. This short stay car park is Pay & Display and does not accept card payments. Payment can be made with cash (COINS ONLY) or via the RingGo app. Maximum stay 5 hours.
To avoid the Clean Air Zone, use the Long Ashton Park and Ride and take the M2 Metro Bus to the SS Great Britain stop (see below).
Private bookings can depart from any landing stage in the Floating Harbour. Please check your booking confirmation to see where your trip is departing from.
There are several car parks close to the Harbour including:
There is good access for coaches to drop off passengers and park close to the Bristol Packet Ticket Office at SS Great Britain Parking. This short stay car park is Pay & Display and does not accept card payments. Payment can be made with cash (COINS ONLY) or via the RingGo app. Maximum stay 5 hours.
There is limited parking available for coaches around the Harbour, but for boat trips from the Watershed Pontoon or City Centre Landing stages, coaches can access Canons Way and Explore Lane (next to Millennium Square Car Park) to drop off and collect their passengers.
For boat trips departing from Temple Meads Landing, it is possible for coaches to avoid the Clean Air Zone and access Avon Street (BS2 0PS) to drop off or pick up their passengers.
All public trips depart from Bristol Packet Ticket Office on the quayside at Wapping Wharf, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6UN.
The closest bus stop is the 'SS Great Britain' stop (6 minutes walk) which is included on the M2 Metro Bus route. This service runs Monday to Saturday (NOT SUNDAYS) from 07:00 until 20:49. A full timetable and ticket prices can be found on the First Bus website.
There are several bus routes that stop on Broad Quay in the City Centre. This is 15 minutes walk away from Bristol Packet Ticket Office, and is close to the most common departure points for private bookings at the Watershed Pontoon and Welsh Back Landing.
The City's main railway station, Bristol Temple Meads is conveniently located close to the Harbour.
There are several options for getting to Bristol Packet Ticket Office from Temple Meads:
- Walking - the journey from Temple Meads to our Ticket Office takes approx. 30 minutes on foot.
- Taxi - There is a taxi rank located directly outside the entrance to Temple Meads Station and the journey should take approximately 10 minutes.
- Bus - The M2 Metro Bus route stops at Temple Meads before heading to the SS Great Britain stop on Cumberland Road (please see below).
- Ferry - The Waterbus stops at Temple Meads Landing and includes a service to the SS Great Britain. See the Waterbus website for the current timetable and prices.
Private bookings can start or finish at Temple Meads Landing which is just a 2 minute walk from the main ticket desks at the front of the station.