With thousands of people expected to visit Bristol city centre to enjoy Bristol Light Festival, we’re keen to encourage visitors to travel sustainably to reduce the carbon emissions from the festival and to improve air quality in the city.

We’re put together a handy guide on Getting to Bristol Light Festival highlighting the different modes available as well as some offers from First Bus and GWR.

We know from data collected at last year’s Bristol Light Festival that the majority of visitors did arrive by car so we’re conscious we must reduce this to help improve the health of our city.

With 11 installations spanning the city centre from College Green to Broadmead to St Mary Redcliffe visitors will be no more than 10 minutes walk from an installation when they step off a train or bus and with over 300,000 people living within a minute cycle of the Bristol Light Festival, we hope that the majority of our visitors can travel via sustainable modes of transport.

First Bus Offer

To further support this aim we’re delighted to have partnered with First Bus who are offering 30% off bus travel for Bristol Light Festival visitors, please see here for the discount code: Getting Here – Bristol Light Festival. With over 20 bus stops serving hundreds of bus journeys into the city centre every evening, travelling by bus will be a really popular way to enjoy the festival, why not hop off at College Green to take in the extremely popular ‘Swing Song’ and then hop back on for your ride home in Broadmead having visited ‘Halo’ at in Broadmead or ‘Trumpet Flowers’ in Cabot Circus.

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GWR GroupSave Offer

GWR are also offering discounted travel as part of their ‘Great Getaway Sale’ as well as their GroupSave offer for groups of more than 3 or more travellers. Visit by train, either on one of the many inter-city lines or more locally Bristol’s Severn Beach Line stopping at Bristol Temple Meads and you’ll only be a 10 minutes’ walk from ‘Beam’ at Castle Bridge, ‘Continuum’ at Temple Church or ‘Ophelia’ and St Mary Redcliffe.

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Finally if you do need to travel by car, be sure to check if you need to pay to enter Bristol Clean Air Zone: Bristol’s Clean Air Zone charges and vehicle checker.

Please enjoy Bristol Light Festival and please let us know if you have any ideas on how we can further encourage sustainable travel for next year’s Light Festival!