Research carried out by a UK voucher code firm has found that Bristol Airport is the dearest airport in the country to reach. Voucherbox discovered that passengers flying out of Bristol had to pay an average £22 for taxis from Bristol’s city centre.
This works out to £2.82 for each mile travelled. This is 50p per mile more expensive than journeys to London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports or other major ones in the likes of Manchester and Birmingham.
The fact that there is no public train station at, or even near, Bristol Airport pushed the median cost of travel to it higher. Bristol Temple Meads is the nearest station and is nine miles away. The lack of trains to the airport meant more people had to take taxis.
Reacting to news of the survey, a spokesperson for the airport said Flyer Express buses provided a rapid means of travel to and from Bristol city centre. He said they ran at eight-minute intervals at peak times while other routes linked Bath and South Wales.
Speaking on behalf of Voucherbox, Shane Forster said in excess of 240 million people flew out of UK airports annually. He said costs involved with travelling to the airports were random and passengers were probably better off working out the overall cost of their journeys from beginning to end before buying flight tickets.
Most of the major airports in the UK have both train and bus connections. It costs just £3 to travel on a bus from Birmingham city centre to Birmingham Airport. This is 31p a mile. London Stansted was the second cheapest with bus and taxi fares working out to 25p and £1.88 a mile respectively.