Bristol Bus & Coach Station is located on Marlborough Street, and is the main coach and bus station in Bristol. It is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the city centre and the main Cabot Circus shopping centre. Most major bus companies including National Express operate from Bristol Bus Station and buses leave from here to Bristol Airport and other major airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted as well as other national destinations including London. One notable exception is Megabus which uses nearby Colston Street, directly outside Colston Hall rather than the coach station. National Express have a ticket and information office at the coach station which is open normal office hours. There are several other amenities including a small newsagents, a coffee bar and public and clean and tidy toilets which cost 20p.
Outside these times you can buy a ticket from the bus driver, but be warned, most buses do not take credit cards and you are not guaranteed a seat. You can also buy a ticket by telephoning +44 8717 81 81 81 (open 24/7, 10p minute). An electronic ticket will be sent to your mobile phone by text message. For a guaranteed seat and the best prices we advise booking online in as far advance of travel as possible.
If you purchase your tickets online, you can either have them sent to you mobile for a cost of 0.50 GBP or have them emailed to you so you can print them out and take a paper copy of your ticket.
Be warned Bristol Coach Station has NO dropping off point near to the buses or parking facilities. There is a tiny backstreet you can slip into next to the bus station called Cannon Street or you can risk a parking fine by parking on Charles Street next to the Tesco express shop.
If you want to spend a little longer at the coach station the nearest official parking is the St James Barton car park run by the NCP. You can find it on a sat nav using postcode BS1 3LJ. It has 314 spaces, costs 3 GBP per hour and is open 24 hours a day.