Bristol has two principal railway stations.
Bristol Temple Meads (near the city centre) has
Great Western Railway services which includes high-speed trains to
London Paddington and local, regional and
Bristol Parkway, north of the city centre, has high-speed Great Western Railway services to
Cardiff Central and London Paddington and CrossCountry services to
Birmingham and the
North East. Limited service to
London Waterloo via
Clapham Junction from Bristol Temple Meads is operated by
South Western Railway, and there are scheduled coach links to most major UK cities.
The M4 motorway connects the city on an east-west axis from London to
West Wales, and the M5 is a north–south west axis from Birmingham to Exeter. The
M49 motorway is a shortcut between the M5 in the south and the M4
Severn Crossing in the west, and the
M32 is a spur from the M4 to the city centre.
Portway connects the M5 to the city centre, and was the most expensive road in Britain when opened in 1926.
The runway, terminal and other facilities at
Bristol Airport (BRS),
Lulsgate, have been upgraded since 2001.
 Public transport in the city consists primarily of a
First West of England
bus network. Other providers are Abus,
Stagecoach South West and
 Bristol's bus service has been criticised as unreliable and expensive, and in 2005 FirstGroup was fined for delays and safety violations.
Private car use is high in the city, leading to traffic congestion costing an estimated £350 million per year.
 Bristol allows motorcycles to use most of the city's bus lanes and provides secure, free parking for them.
 Although the city council has included a
light rail system in its
local transport plan since 2000, it has not yet funded the project; Bristol was offered European Union funding for the system, but the
Department for Transport did not provide the required additional funding.
 The most recent light rail proposal was put forward as part of a consultation produced by the
West of England Local Enterprise Partnership in November 2016, outlining potential
tram routes from the
city centre to
Bristol Airport, the eastern and north west fringes of the city, and a route along the
A4 road to
 In 2017, a further feasibility study will be undertaken into the possibility of an underground light rail system.
bus rapid transit system (BRT) called
MetroBus, is currently under construction across Bristol, as of 2015, to provide a faster and reliable service than buses, improve transport infrastructure and reduce congestion. The MetroBus rapid transit scheme will run on both bus lanes and segregated
guided busways on three routes;
Ashton Vale to
Bristol Temple Meads (AVTM),
North Fringe to
South Bristol Link (SBL).
 MetroBus services are expected to start in 2017.
Several road-construction plans, including re-routing and improving the
Ring Road, are supported by the city council.
park and ride sites serve Bristol.
 The city centre has water transport operated by
Bristol Ferry Boats,
Bristol Packet Boat Trips and Number Seven Boat Trips, providing leisure and commuter service in the harbour.
Bristol's principal surviving suburban railway is the
Severn Beach Line to Avonmouth and
Severn Beach. Although
Portishead Railway's passenger service was a casualty of the
Beeching cuts, freight service to the Royal Portbury Dock was restored from 2000 to 2002 with a
Strategic Rail Authority rail-freight grant. The
MetroWest scheme, formerly known as The Greater Bristol Metro, proposes to increase the city's rail capacity
 as well as the restoration of a further 3 miles (5 km) of track to
dormitory town with one connecting road), despite concerns about insufficient funds to rebuild stations, is scheduled for completion by 2019.
 A further commuter rail line from
Bristol Temple Meads to
Henbury is due to open in 2021.
Bristol was designated as England's first "cycling city" in 2008
 and is home to Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity. The city has urban cycle routes and links with National Cycle Network routes to Bath, London, Gloucester, Wales and South West England. Cycling trips have increased by 21% from 2001 to 2005.