The First Bus Balloon Shuttle bus service is operated by First Bus, from Temple Meads Train Station and the City Centre – Metrobus Stop C2, Colston Avenue to the Balloon Fiesta. We highly recommend event goers take advantage of this service. Tickets can be purchased on the bus with no need to pre book.
New for 2019, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4.30am First Bus are offering shuttle bus service every 20 minutes to get you to and from the morning ascent! Buses after 10am on all days will then run every few minutes throughout the day and evening to get you to the fiesta site and back again.
Tickets are just £3 single or £5 for a day ticket, with a special group ticket of £15 which allows up to five adults to travel together. We’ve introduced two new ticket features for 2019: up to two children (15 and under) can travel free with each fare paying adult and you can buy discounted tickets in advance of the day on the First Bus app.
You can buy adult day and group shuttle bus tickets on the First Bus app and save money! Just download the First Bus app, click on the mTickets tab and select the Bristol area. Click on Special Events tickets and choose an adult day ticket for only £4 or group (up to 5 adults travelling together) for only £12 per day. This allows unlimited travel on the shuttle bus only for one day.
If you already have a First Day, Week, Month or Year ticket for Bristol or the West of England area you can upgrade your ticket to include the Balloon Shuttle for just £2 per person. Simply ask a Balloon Shuttle ticket seller or Balloon Shuttle Bus driver on the day of travel.
Concessionary passes are not valid on the Balloon Shuttle as this is a special event service. No student/child/concession fares are available.
To see the full First Bus Fiesta timetable, please click here.