Cardiff is a compact city, some might even say bijou. This means that getting around and between the main areas of interest couldn’t be easier. Large parts of the city centre including the major shopping streets are pedestrianised, so it’s easy to get around on foot. This is also true for the beautiful waterfront area of Cardiff Bay and you can easily walk between them in around 15 minutes. There are also a number of traffic-free footpaths, including the incredible Taff Trail which runs for nearly 60 miles from Cardiff Bay, all the way to Brecon.

But what if you’re not so keen on moving around by foot, or are thinking of venturing further afield? If so then we have a network of excellent transport options available. You can choose to travel by train, bus, bicycle, car or even by boat in some cases. Whatever your destination, you’re almost guaranteed to get to where you need to go.

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.

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. NCP currently operates 9 separate city centre car parks with over 3500 spaces in total. 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.

On Foot

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 & 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.

Event Travel


For a full road closure the following roads are closed

  • Kingsway from its junction with North Rd to its junction with Duke St.
  • Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Cathedral Rd to its junction with Westgate St.
  • Tudor St from its junction with Clare Rd to its junction with Wood St (access for residents & traders will be permitted via Fitzhammon Embankment)
  • Plantagenet St & Beauchamp St from their junctions with Despenser Place to their junctions with Tudor St (access for residents & traders will be permitted)
  • Saunders Road from its junction with St Mary Street
  • Customhouse Street throughout its length (access to private car parks will be permitted)
  • Penarth Road from its junction with Saunders Road to the entrance leading into the rear of the Central Train Station
  • The following roads will be closed in their entirety: – Duke St, Castle St, High St, St.Mary St, Caroline St, Wood St, Central Sq, Westgate St, Quay St, Guildhall Pl, Golate, Park St, Havelock St & Scott Rd.


  • Saunders Road, Custom House Street & Penarth Road closed 6:15pm-8:00pm
    • Saunders Road from its junction with St Mary Street
    • Customhouse Street throughout its length (access to private car parks will be permitted)
    • Penarth Road from its junction with Saunders Road to the entrance leading into the rear of the Central Train Station
  • Civic Centre: Access to part of the Civic Centre will be controlled, with access allowed only for match-day parking, loading and access to private car parks. Roads affected include: King Edward VII Avenue, Museum Avenue, City Hall Road, College Road & Gorsedd Gardens Road


Please Note: If there are any safety concerns in connection with the Central Station queuing system then Wood Street, Westgate Street, Park Street, Havelock Street, St Mary Street, Penarth Road, Saunders Road and Custom House Street will remain closed until safety concerns are remedied.



Cardiff City Stadium (Leckwith) P&R 

Getting There: Access from Junction 33 of the M4, then follow signage to site

Drop Off Point: Tresillian Way North, at rear of Railway Station

Distance from City Centre: 1.5miles (10-15mins)

To pre book your park and ride click on

All P&R customers are advised to follow the signage to the site at the time of their arrival

The car park will have a staff presence from 8:30am, will open at 9.00am, with the first bus at 9:30am. The last bus will leave the pick-up point at 9.00pm, with the car park closing at 9:30pm.

Please Note: Cash facility will be available on the day, however the only way to guarantee your space at CCFC Leckwith Park & Ride is to pre book online.


Event-Day Parking

Sophia Gardens (Cars)

(Approx. 0.5miles walk to Principality Stadium, Gate 2)

Sophia Gardens Event Day Parking

Getting There: Exit Junction 32 of M4

Cost: £15 payable on the day at the car park (cash only)

Parking time: Car Park opens 8am and closes 12am (Midnight)

Please Note: Sophia Gardens car park will be staffed until 8.00pm, all vehicles are left on site at the owner’s risk, The City of Cardiff Council will not be held responsible for any theft or damage to motor vehicles or personal possessions. Any vehicles left in the car park after the closing time will be fined.

Disabled Parking

Disabled drivers are advised to use Sophia Gardens. Disabled Parking is also available at various private car park operators, please check individual websites for availability.


Cardiff Central Train Station

There will be a queuing system in place for this event, please visit for more information. We strongly advise you identify your queuing lane for your return journey before you attend the event.


Local Buses

Buses will be diverted out of the central city centre bus stops. Bus displaced from stops within the closure will relocate to either Churchill Way for the East. Greyfriars Road for the North or Tudor Street for the West.
Please visit for more information.

National Express

National Express coaches will use Sophia Gardens as usual


  • St Mary Street Taxi Rank (Outside House of Fraser) will be closed from 3pm and re-open from 8.30pm
  • Mill Lane Taxi Rank – Not affected, open throughout the day and night

Shopping Parking

Shoppers are advised to make use of the dedicated shopping Park & Ride sites at Pentwyn and County Hall

There are also car parks within the city centre area, they include:

  • North Road Car Parks
  • St David’s Shopping Centre
  • John Lewis
  • Capitol Shopping Centre
  • NCP – Adam Street, Dumfries Place and Greyfriars Road

By Boat

Cardiff Boat – Princess Katharine provides an hourly water-bus service between Bute Park in the heart of the city and Cardiff Bay. They are a Visit Wales Accredited Attraction with a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016. Not only can you enjoy a relaxing and scenic ride but they also provide a full commentary along the way, telling the history of the area and pointing out sights of interest.