How to Reach Cardiff


By Air:

  • The main airport is Cardiff International Airport. This is the only major airport in Wales and is situated some 12 miles to the south-west of the city in the Vale of Glamorgan.
  • The airport is served by a number of airlines including Flybe, KLM, Thomsonfly and Skybus. KLM provide worldwide links to Cardiff via Schipol (Amsterdam, NL). Domestic services operate daily to Anglesey, Belfast, Newcastle, Newquay, Jersey, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • As for European routes, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Dublin, and many other holiday routes such as Faro, Palma de Mallorca and Alicante, operate daily. The T9 bus operates an express service between the airport, Cardiff City Centre and Cardiff Bay, every 20 minutes from 04:00 to 23:00, 7 days a week.

By Train:

  • Cardiff Central railway station is a major hub for many services and is in an ideal location being very close to the main city centre attractions and is in close proximity to Cardiff Bay.
  • Arriva Trains Wales operate the vast majority of inter-Wales services with regular departures from Cardiff Central to the South Wales Valleys, Swansea, and a frequent service to North Wales. They also operate regularly to Manchester and Birmingham making Cardiff ideal to visit via rail.
  • Cardiff Central is two hours from London Paddington by train. Trains depart half hourly during the day and are operated by First Great Western. These services also continue hourly to Swansea. First Great Western run a service from Cardiff to Portsmouth Harbour via Newport, Bristol, Bath and Southampton.
  • Rail service provides quick and easy links to other interesting areas (such as the Vale of Glamorgan and West Wales), making Cardiff a pleasant and cheaper place to use as a home base while exploring the surrounding areas.
  • Ticket machines are in the entrance of both stations and in Central station there are many maps that will help you plan your journey.

By Boat:

  • The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral sail from Britannia Quay (in Roath Basin) to various destinations in the Bristol Channel.

By Bus:

  • Cardiff is about 3 hours, depending on traffic, from London.
  • National Express operate regular services to and from most other major cities in Britain with Cardiff Central bus station, which is in the forecourt of Central railway station, making it quite easy to switch between train and bus.
  • Megabus offers a regular and very cheap service to London and departs from Kingsway near the Hilton Hotel.
  • Megabus also runs to Newcastle, and on Wednesdays costs £5 for any route in England and Wales. You can also get the Megabus to Rosslare, Ireland from Cardiff, including ferry crossing.
  • Greyhound buses also run from from Cardiff Central bus station to Bristol Airport.


On Foot:

Cardiff, specifically the central area, is pretty compact with the main attractions being quite close to each other making getting around on foot quite easy. Most of the sights are signposted to help you guide your way around the city centre and the bay.

By Cycle:

  • Walking and cycling are encouraged in Cardiff, with many areas being only pedestrian and cyclist friendly. The city's flatness makes cycling fairly painless, especially around the Bay and City Centre (including Bute Park).
  • The Taff Trail and Ely Trail provide mainly off-road paths through the city and beyond.
  • Most parts of the city provide pleasant cycling, but some areas are more difficult due to heavy traffic or no-cycling pedestrianized roads (such as Queen Street).
  • There are numerous shops you can rent cycles from on the Bay.

By Bus:

  • Cardiff Bus offer a comprehensive network of services across the city, to the nearby City of Newport and to destinations in the Vale of Glamorgan.
  • Fares are low, but you must have exact change: £1.70 for any adult journey across the city, £3.40 buys an all-day 'Day to Go' pass to travel across the network (including Penarth, Dinas Powys, Llandough, Sully and Wenvoe) all.
  • Another option is the 'Network Dayrider' ticket. This costs £7.70 for an adult ticket but gives unlimited access to any bus travel in South East Wales.( If you are sightseeing in Cardiff during the day and then go to Caerphilly and then Newport, for example, this ticket will cover all that travel.)
  • The central bus station is in Central Square, in the forecourt of Central railway station, and maps are readily available to help you plan your journey.
  • Cardiff Bus also operate a frequent 'Baycar' service between the city centre and Cardiff Bay, which makes it easy to get between the main attractions and is good value if you do not want to walk.
  • Stagecoach in South Wales, Veolia Transport Cymru and First Cymru also offer regular routes in and around Cardiff and South East Wales.
  • Open top sightseeing buses operate regularly during the summer season at a price of approximately £8.00/person.
  • There are also park and ride sites based at County Hall and Crown Way, see National Park and Ride Directory.

By Train:

  • It can be quite cost-effective, quick, and easy to visit areas with a local train station, such as Llandaff Cathedral or Penarth Pier as services leave from both Cardiff Central or Queen Street, so check on maps for train services.
  • The wider Cardiff metropolitan area (including Penarth, Taffs Well, Pontypridd and Dinas Powys) contains 26 stations, making train travel a viable alternative in many cases.

By Sea (Waterbus):

  • The Aquabus runs every hour between the city centre (Taff Mead Embankment) and Cardiff Bay (Mermaid Quay), and between Cardiff Bay and Penarth (Cardiff Bay barrage).
  • Throughout the year Cardiff Waterbus sail between the Pierhead on Cardiff's Waterfront and the Penarth end of the Cardiff Bay Barrage with short sightseeing cruises. Between March and October boats also depart from Cardiff Bay to take visitors to Flat Holm Island. It also stops by the Millenium Stadium.
  • The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral sail from Britannia Quay (in Roath Basin) to various destinations in the Bristol Channel.

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Cardiff. The most preferred mode of transport in Cardiff is Car.

Average distance: 12.64 km Average time: 26.23 min

  • Car 42.86%
    Driving 22.67 min Walking 1.17 min Overall average time for 13.45 kms 23.83 min
  • Bike 7.14%
    Bike 15 min Overall average time for 4.02 kms 15 min
  • Train/Metro 7.14%
    Train 50 min Other 15 min Waiting 10 min Walking 5 min Overall average time for 63 kms 80 min
  • Walking 28.57%
    Walking 23.25 min Overall average time for 2.14 kms 23.25 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 7.14%
    Bus 10 min Overall average time for 8.05 kms 10 min
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