Getting Around - Internal Travel
Cardiff International Airport (CWL)
Telephone: (01446) 711 111. Fax: (01446) 711 675.
Web site: www.cardiffairportonline.com
Cardiff International Airport is located at Rhoose, 19km or 12 miles
southwest of the city centre. As a regional airport, it is smaller
than the major UK international hubs. It handles currently about
1.5 million passengers annually, with a capacity for three million.
Direct scheduled flights are provided by the national carrier, British
Airways (telephone: (0845) 773 377 or (0845) 779 9977; web site:
to Aberdeen, Belfast, Brussels and Paris. Other airlines include
KLM (web site: www.klmuk.com),
which connections to Amsterdam, and British Midland subsidiary Bmibaby
(web site: www.bmibaby.co.uk), serves Belfast, Edinburgh, Geneva,
Glasgow, Jersey, Milan, Alicante, Faro and Malaga. Air Wales
(web site: www.airwales.co.uk)
connects Cardiff with Cork and Dublin, Ryanair (web site:
serves the Irish capital. A number of airlines run seasonal charter
services to Europe and further afield.
flight times to Cardiff
From New York is 8 hours 45 mins; from Los Angeles is 12 hours 20
mins; from Toronto is 8 hours 50 mins and from Sydney is 24 hours
20 mins. Times include stopovers and transfers. There are no flights
between London and Cardiff but London Heathrow is three hours away
by rail and a little longer by road.
Thomas Cook has 24-hour banking
and exchange services daily between May and October. Other services:
24-hour information desk, ATM, duty-free shops, restaurants, cafés
and pubs. There are facilities for disabled passengers, car parks
and car hire (Europcar, Avis and Hertz).
There is no business centre in the airport. There is an executive
lounge in the departures lounge.
tax : Included in the airline ticket.
Transport to the city
Cardiff Bus (telephone: (029) 2066 6444; fax: (029)
2078 7742; email: email@example.com;
web site: www.cardiffbus.com)
runs hourly 06:30-18:30 Monday to Saturday (journey time about 35-40
minutes). Shamrock Coaches (telephone: (01443) 407 000; fax:
(01443) 403 378; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
web site: www.shamrocktravel.co.uk)
runs hourly 06:30-18:30 Monday to Saturday. On Monday to Saturday
evenings, hourly between 19:36 and 22:36. First Cymru’s
(telephone: (0845) 608 2608; web site: www.firstgroup.com)
runs every two hours from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff coach station
08:45-21:35 on Sunday only. Cardiff Air Taxis (telephone:
(01446) 710 693) charge approximately £20 for trips to and
from the city centre (journey time about 20-30 minutes). The nearest
railway station is eight kilometres or five miles away, at Barry,
with connections from Cardiff.
There are no sea passenger services directly to or from Cardiff.
However, Swansea Cork Ferries (telephone: (01792)
456 116; web site: www.swansea-cork.ie)
operates services between Swansea and the Irish Republic from March
to November. Stena Line (telephone: (08705) 707 070; web
operates from Fishguard to Rosslare and an Irish Ferries
service (telephone: (0870) 517 1717; web site: www.irishferries.ie)
links Pembroke with Rosslare.
Transport to the city
There are direct trains and buses between Cardiff and Swansea town
centre. The train takes about one hour and the coach one hour and
20 minutes into Cardiff. It is necessary for those arriving at the
Port of Swansea to take a taxi to the city centre, which costs about
There are direct train and coach links from Pembroke Dock to Cardiff
(journey time is approximately 3 hours 15 mins).
There are direct coach and rail links between Cardiff and Fishguard
(journey time is approximately 2 hours 45 mins).
First Great Western (telephone: (08457) 484 950; web
and Virgin Trains (telephone: (08457) 222 333; web site:
Express services are fast and comfortable, although the further
west they go, the more frequent the stops and the slower the run.
Local and regional routes are operated by Valley Lines (telephone:
(029) 2044 9944) and Wales and Borders (telephone: (0845)
606 1660; web site: www.walesandborders.co.uk).
Valley Lines routes, which can be noisy and rough-riding. National
Rail Enquiries (telephone: (08457) 484 950) for all rail enquiries.
Cardiff Central, Central Square, is the main rail station. The
booking office is open Monday to Saturday 05:45-21:30 and Sunday
06:45-21:30. Facilities include a tourist information centre, ATMs,
newsagent/bookseller and a fast-food outlet. Hertz has a
car hire office outside the main building in Central Square.
Hourly services to and from London Paddington are run by First Great
Western via Reading, Swindon, Bristol Parkway and Newport (journey
time about 2 hours). There are also rail connections between Cardiff,
Swansea (journey time about 1 hour) and West Wales, as well as long
distance cross-country services to cities such as Newcastle-upon-Tyne
(journey time about 6 hours), York (journey time about 4 hours 40
minutes), Sheffield (journey time about 3 hours 30 minutes) and
Birmingham (journey time about 2 hours), operated by Virgin Trains.
Transport to the city
Cardiff Central is southwest of the city centre, approximately a
three-minute walk. The bus station and a taxi stand are located
outside the station.
Driving regulations in Wales are the same as for the rest of the
UK. Main roads are designated by a letter, followed by up to four
numbers: an ‘M’ indicates a motorway, ‘A’
a major trunk road and ‘B’ minor roads. Traffic drives
on the left and overtakes on the right. The speed limits are 113kph
or 70mph on motorways and dual carriageways, 97kph or 60mph on single-lane
main roads and 48kph or 30mph in built-up areas, unless otherwise
indicated. Seatbelts are compulsory for drivers and front-seat passengers
and for rear-seat passengers, if fitted. Motorcyclists must wear
Mantais Cymru (Traffic Wales) provides
traffic and road user information about Wales (telephone: (0845)
602 6020; web site:
www.traffic-wales.com). Breakdown service and general motoring
information is provided by the Automobile Association (telephone:
(0870) 550 0600; web site: www.theaa.co.uk),
the Royal Automobile Club – RAC (telephone: (0870) 572 2722;
web site: www.rac.co.uk)
and Green Flag (telephone: (0800) 001 371; web site: www.greenflag.co.uk).
Emergency breakdown services
AA (0800) 887 766 (toll free)
Green Flag (0800) 400 600 (toll free)
RAC (0800) 828 282 (toll free)
driving times to Cardiff
From Swansea is 1 hour; Birmingham is 2 hours 30 minutes; London
is 3 hours.
National Express (telephone: (0870) 580 8080; website:
has direct services between Cardiff and most other major UK towns
and cities. It also services Ireland via the Fishguard–Rosslare
ferry. Eurolines (part of National Express) serves destinations
on mainland Europe.
Cardiff’s coach and bus station is on Wood Street, outside
the railway station. About a dozen different coach and bus operators
have services around the city and further afield.