Journeys between Bristol Airport and Bristol, its nearest city centre, were found to cost more per mile than journeys to and from nine of Britain’s other busiest airports including London Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, despite the airport being closer in distance by miles to its city centre than all of the airports surveyed, apart from Newcastle.
Bristol Airport’s high travel cost is attributed to the lack of a train station nearby, forcing travellers to use bus or taxi services, which costs £22 (£2.82p per mile) for an average taxi journey to the airport.
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Bus service to the airport by Flyer Express, the city’s main bus service which takes you from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads Station, the city centre and the Bristol Bus & Coach Station, costs £7 (90p per mile), nearly three times more than the cost of a bus journey to Birmingham Airport (£3; 31p per mile), the survey by Voucherbox.co.uk reports.
The airport is focused on making itself more accessible to travellers across the region, with “more transport links across the South West to be announced soon”, a spokesperson from Bristol Airport told the Bristol Post.
Stansted, which is located nearly four times farther from central London than Bristol Airport is from its city centre, was found to be the second cheapest to reach, with an average coach journey to the airport costing 25p per mile, while an average taxi ride cost £1.88 per mile, the study revealed.
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Heathrow Express service was reported to be the country’s most expensive train journey to an airport, costing £1.47 per mile, over 15 miles.
The average cost per mile for a journey to London’s Luton Airport, which is set farthest from its city centre than any of the other airports in the study, costs £1.24, around the same as the average cost for a journey to Newcastle (£1.29), the airport located closest to its city centre.
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More than 240 million passengers are said to use Britain’s airports every year, a figure predicted to rise to 270 million by 2020 and to 470 million by 2050, according to Shane Foster, a spokesperson for Voucherbox.co.uk.
Distance to nearest city centre (in miles)
Average cost per mile to the airport from the nearest city centre