Cardiff is a very compact city and can easily be explored on foot, with the majority of attractions, shops, restaurants and hotels all within a few minutes of each other.

Many areas of the city centre are pedestrianised and there are a number of traffic-free footpaths including the Taff Trail.

By taxi

There are several taxi ranks located around the city including Cardiff Central Station, Wood Street, Greyfriars Road, Churchill Way, St Mary Street and Mill Lane. The city has both Hackney carriage and private hire taxis. Hackney carriages can be hailed at the roadside (for-hire cabs will usually have their ‘Taxi’ light on). You can usually spot a Hackney carriage cab by it being a London taxi-style car or black with a white bonnet.

By bus

Cardiff Bus runs an extensive system throughout Cardiff and the local area, travelling to Penarth and Barry. Within the city centre, most buses move around the city in an anti-clockwise direction. A regular bendy bus service connects the city centre with Cardiff Bay. Trawscymru run the express bus service T9 between Cardiff and Cardiff Airport. Stagecoach run services to surrounding areas such as Caerphilly, Tongwynlais and the Valleys.

New Years Eve Bus Times

On Saturday 31st December, Saturday timetables apply to all routes until around 6.30pm, after which there will be a free bus service run by Cardiff Bus. Please click here for a full timetable for these services.

By train

Regular trains run from Cardiff’s Queen Street station to Cardiff Bay and city stops including Cathays, Ninian Park and Llandaff North. Trains from Cardiff central station link to the Valleys and Vale of Glamorgan as well as high speed links to London and other cities in the UK.

By car

Numerous pay and display and multi-storey car parks are available in the city centre. The St David’s Shopping Centre has 24 hour onsite parking with over 2000 spaces. Cardiff has Park & Ride services to the East, South and West of the city with additional services operating during major events.

By bike

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. For bike hire in the city, contact Pedal Power


Cardiff is compact and you can walk most places with ease. Keep an eye out for cycle paths and get to know short-cuts through the city-  such as how you can go from Canton and Pontcanna through to Cathays and Roath via Bute Park. You can walk to Cardiff Bay fairly easily, and you can even walk across the barrage through to Penarth. Try browsing to our See and Do section to see what walking tours and walks Cardiff has to offer, or consult your map or smartphone for a good path through the city.

Mobility assistance

City Centre Mobility Assistance is an electric vehicle scheme for those who need help accessing the city centre. The vehicles can carry up to 3 passengers each and travel around the city centre on a flexible route, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. Flag down a vehicle and get a lift or book a vehicle in advance on
+44(0)29 2087 3888.

Road works and closures

Find out about the current road works and major activities scheduled on Cardiff roads.

Download the latest Road Works Report 

The website shows most key planned works that are on-going, and who is responsible for the works.