The UK’s Number 1 School.*

*According to the EL Gazette rankings based on
British Council inspectors’ publishable statements.

Read the interview and article which explain what makes ELC Bristol the number 1 ranked UK school.

ELC Bristol is a family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.


Bristol is very well connected. Bristol International Airport is only 20 minutes away. You can get to both Heathrow and Gatwick by direct bus. London is only 100 minutes away by train and the M4 and M5 motorways ensure that you can travel with ease to all corners of the country.

Bristol International Airport

Bristol International Airport is only 20 minutes from the school by taxi. To see all the places you can fly to from Bristol, click here.The following airlines use Bristol airport: Easyjet, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Air France and Air Brussels. Taxis from Bristol airport cost around £30.00. Transfers cost £45.00 and we use the same taxi company, so maybe it is better just to take a taxi when you arrive! There is an airport bus which costs £8.00 for a single journey and £13.00 for a return. However, if you take the bus, remember you also have to take a taxi when you arrive at Bristol bus station. 









Heathrow and Gatwick

The easiest and certainly the cheapest way to get to Bristol from both Heathrow and Gatwick is by direct bus. The journey from Heathrow takes around 2 hours and from Gatwick it takes around 3.5 hours.  Fixed return tickets for both airports will cost between £25.00 and £40.00 (flexible open returns cost between £88.00 and £100.00).  You can book a ticket on line with National Express.  The central bus station in Bristol is called the Marlborough Street Bus Station. Whenever you arrive, you will always find taxis waiting. The cost of a taxi to your accommodation will be around £12.00.

Other Airports (Stansted, Luton, Birmingham)

It is not as convenient to fly to these airports. If you do, click here for details of how to get to Bristol by bus.

Airport Transfer Service

Students under 18 are always encouraged to book an airport transfer.

Prices are for a transfer on arrival only. There are reduced rates for students arriving together.

  • Bristol airport £45.00*      * If you arrange a taxi yourself, the cost from Bristol airport is about £30.00.
  • Heathrow £220.00
  • Gatwick £260.00

At Heathrow and Gatwick, the school driver meets you when you come through customs.
At Bristol Airport, for students over 18, when you come through customs, you must go to the Arrow Cars Taxi office, which is outside the terminal building. Give them your name. If you have booked a transfer, they will be expecting you.    At Bristol airport, students under 18 are met by the school driver as they come through customs.