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Arriving by air

Cardiff Airport

Cardiff is served by its own international airport with regular direct flights from the U.K. and other European destinations. Located 12 miles west of Cardiff city centre, and just 10 miles from Junction 33 of the M4, Cardiff Airport is easy to access and handles over 2 million passengers a year. For more information on Cardiff Airport click here.

Access to/from Cardiff Airport

Checker Cars is the airport’s official taxi operator and offers a 24 hour service. A taxi booking office is located outside the arrivals hall.

The approximate cost of a taxi from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central is £26 and Checker Cars operate a fixed fare system which is the same 24 hours a day.

Taxis are available on arrival or can be booked in advance by calling 01446 711747 or by e-mailing to

Flightlink Wales is an extremely reliable Airport Shuttle Service operating primarily from Cardiff International Airport. Alternatively you can find a list of other taxi providers here.


The Cardiff Bus service X91 operates between Cardiff Central station and Cardiff Airport every two hours during the day seven days a week. The bus journey takes approximately 35 minutes from Cardiff Central to the airport. Find out more about fares and timetables here.

There is also the T9 express bus service linking Cardiff City Centre to Cardiff Airport. The service operated by First Cymru, runs every 20 minutes between the airport in the Vale of Glamorgan and the City Centre from first thing in the morning until late at night.

The T9 timetable can be found here.


A rail link connects Rhoose Cardiff International Airport Station to Cardiff Central and Bridgend with onward connections to other destinations on the United Kingdom rail network. Trains run every hour from Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sundays.

A shuttle bus service is available for passengers, which connects with all trains to carry passengers on the short journey to the airport terminal, taking approximately 5-10minutes. There is a charge of £1 per journey on the shuttle bus.

For further information call: 0845 748 49 50, or visit

Cardiff Heliport

Cardiff Heliport is located 2 miles South East of Cardiff City Centre - visit the site of Cardiff Council for further information. The site is operated by Veritair Ltd (t/a British International) on behalf of Cardiff Council.  

Other 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 direct service to and from Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Bristol Airport.

Birmingham, Manchester and London Airports are also all easily accessible from Cardiff. 

Birmingham, Manchester and London Airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton) are also all easily accessible to Cardiff by high-speed InterCity train or coach. 


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