By air, by road, by rail... and even by sea

By Road

By car

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.

By coach

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.

By Air

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.

Please Note
The Severn Tunnel will be closed from 12th September to 21st October 2016

Trains will still be running over alternative routes, so please check before you travel at nationalrail.co.uk

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.

By Bicycle

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.