Travelling to Cardiff
From Cardiff airport
Cardiff Airport is 12 miles west of the city centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 of the M4. The airport has direct flights to over 50 destinations and connecting flights to over 800 destinations worldwide. Visit the Cardiff Wales airport website for details. Airlines operating from Cardiff include KLM, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Vueling and Ryanair. Cardiff Airport is owned by the Welsh Government.
Travelling to and from Cardiff Airport by bus is easy and convenient. Pick up and drop off points are situated in front of the terminal building. Trawscymru operates the T9 express service between Cardiff Airport and Cardiff Central station every 20 minutes during the day, 7 days a week. Visit http://www.trawscymru.info/ for details. These buses do accept Euros.
Cardiff Airport is located in Rhoose which has a rail link connecting to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. A shuttle bus service from the train station to the Airport is available for passengers, which connects with all trains, to carry passengers on the short journey to the Airport terminal. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes and there is a small charge of £1 per journey on the shuttle bus.
Otherwise, there are airport taxis available at the arrival area.
Other UK airports
Bristol International Airport - which hosts a larger range of budget flights than Cardiff - is only 80 minutes away by car, with routes direct from the US as well as flights from within the UK and Europe. National Express coach services link Cardiff to Bristol Airport. Birmingham, Manchester and all London Airports are all easily accessible from Cardiff.
***Please note Network Rail is carrying out work to electrify the railway through tunnels between Bristol Parkway and Swindon. Some journey times will be amended, and some journeys will be extended. Buses will replace trains on some routes. If you’re travelling from, to or via Bristol Parkway we recommend you check your train times before travelling, as there are some significant changes***
Cardiff has direct rail links to many cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and Southampton. The journey time from London Paddington to Cardiff is just over 2 hours and leaves every 30 minutes until the evenings, when it runs hourly. From Heathrow, people can get regular RailAir coaches to Reading and then the train to Cardiff, or more expensively but quite easily take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington and the train to Cardiff from there. For train timetables and tickets, visit https://www.gwr.com or www.nationalrail.co.uk. For visitors taking the train from continental Europe, visit the Eurostar website. Straight through tickets to Cardiff from there are available from the Continent.
Cardiff is easily accessible via the M4 motorway, which runs through the north of the city, making London a comfortable drive away. From the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland it is a straightforward drive via the M6, M5 and M50/M4. From the South and South West of England the approach is by M5 and M4. Access from West Wales is by M4.
Cardiff bus station is the central hub for buses and coaches arriving from outside Cardiff. You can travel to Cardiff by National Express Coach from most UK cities. There are also Megabus routes into Cardiff from London, Swansea, Birmingham Airport, Manchester and Newcastle. The Megabus stops at Kingsway, just opposite the Hilton Hotel (very close to the University).
Visit Megabus.com to check timetables, buy tickets and check routes to Cardiff; Visit National Express to check information and buy tickets to Cardiff.
Cardiff is very flat and easily negotiated by bike. You'll find plenty of bike racks around the city centre and cycle paths like the Taff Trail provide traffic-free routes. To get here by bike, we'd recommend using Google Maps' excellent Bike route planner. An example journey - from Bristol to Cardiff - can be seen at this link. The Taff Trail also provides a great bike ride to Cardiff from Brecon. Learn more about the Taff Trail and cycling routes here. Find out more at Visit Cardiff: http://www.visitcardiff.com.