By air, by road, by rail... and even by sea
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.
- Visit Google Maps to work out your driving route
- Visit Bing maps to work out your driving route
- Check out our Park & Ride facilities and learn more about parking in Cardiff in our Getting Around section
Cardiff bus station is located adjacent to Cardiff Central Station and 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.
- Visit Megabus.com to check timetables, buy tickets and check routes to Cardiff
- Visit National Express to check information and buy tickets 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.
Getting from Cardiff Airport
Trains run between the Airport and Cardiff Central station and Bridgend every hour, with a shuttle bus linking the Airport station to the terminal. Trawscymru operates the T9 express service between Cardiff Airport and Cardiff Central station every 30 minutes hours during the day, 7 days a week. Visit Trawscymru for details.
Airport Transfer Services
Other UK airports
Bristol International Airport is only 1 hour away by car with routes direct from the US as well as flights from within the UK and Europe. From March 2013, Greyhound coach services will provide a link to and from Cardiff to Bristol Airport. Birmingham, Manchester and London Airports are also all easily accessible from Cardiff.
By Train & Rail
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.
Arriva Trains Wales
There are 20 train stations in Cardiff, most of which form part of the commuter rail network, known locally as Valley Lines, with Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central being the main hubs of the city.
Cardiff Central is one of the UK’s major railway stations and welcomes almost 12 million to the Welsh capital each year and connects the city to Newport, Bristol, Bath, London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Nottingham.
For train times, information and to book tickets visit www.arrivatrains.wales
If you’re travelling from outside of the UK and want to explore Britain by rail visit www.britrail.com
Other useful rail links
- To search train timetables and buy tickets, visit National Rail Enquiries
- Visit TheTrainLine.com to search timetables, buy tickets and more for UK trains to Cardiff
- For visitors taking the train from Europe, visit the Eurostar website
By Boat & Sea
For those travelling from mainland Europe there is a wide choice of entry points to the UK served by many ferry companies. Ferry ports link with the national motorway system to provide fast and easy access to Cardiff. One resource for ferries to the UK can be found here.
If you’re lucky enough to have your own boat, you can find out more about short term moorings in Cardiff Bay at this website or moor your boat in nearby Penarth using this website.
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.