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CARDIFF IS A COMPACT CITY AND EASY TO EXPLORE…
Large parts of the city centre are pedestrianised, so it’s easy to get around on foot. This is also true for the scenic waterfront area of Cardiff Bay, which is within easy walking distance from Cardiff City Centre. Why not explore one of Cardiff’s traffic-free footpaths? We recommend the incredible Taff Trail, which runs for nearly 60 miles from Cardiff Bay, all the way to Brecon.
Cardiff is flat, compact and easy to get around using a bike. You’ll find plenty of bike racks around the city centre, and cycle paths like the Taff Trail provide traffic-free routes. Didn’t bring your bike with you? Not to worry! With Ovobikes by Nextbike, it has never been easier to get around Cardiff by bike. The high quality bikes are situated all across the city, all you have to do is create an account using your smart phone, and hire a bike. If you’re looking for more a more accessible option, check out Pedal Power in Pontcanna and Cardiff Bay.
There are 20 railway stations in Cardiff, which form part of the South Wales Metro, with Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street being the main central hubs in the city.
There is a shuttle train between Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay. Regular services run from Cardiff Queen Street to city stops including Cathays, Ninian Park and Llandaf, and towards the South Wales valleys. Trains from Cardiff Central station link to the Vale of Glamorgan and South West Wales.
Cardiff Bus runs an extensive system throughout Cardiff and the local area, travelling to Penarth and Barry. Pay by contactless or exact cash. Travel in style with City Sightseeing, with an all day hop-on-hop-off service between Cardiff city centre, Cardiff Bay and Cathays.
Stagecoach runs services to surrounding areas such as Caerphilly, Tongwynlais and the Valleys. Adventure Travel runs services within Cardiff and surrounding areas. For information on all public transport in Wales see Traveline Cymru.
You can get in a licensed black cab at any designated taxi rank, or alternatively, you can book a taxi cab with a private company. The most popular taxi company in Cardiff is Dragon Taxis. We strongly recommend checking the estimated price of your journey with the driver before getting in the cab to make sure you have enough cash. Uber also operate within Cardiff. You can order an Uber ride by downloading the app.
Cardiff is easy to drive around with the A48 connecting the neighbourhoods of Cardiff before leading into the Vale of Glamorgan. The A470 connects Cardiff with the Rhondda valleys; while the A4232 dual carriageway almost forming an outer ring around the city, all of which help people travel around the city with ease.
If you want to pick up a car to explore Cardiff at your own pace, then you can find global vehicles rental giants such as Enterprise Rent-a-car, Hertz, Avis, Budget and Europcar all having pick-up points at Cardiff Airport and walking distance of the city centre.
This is a fun and exciting way to get between the City Centre and Cardiff Bay. If you are departing from Cardiff City Centre, you’ll find the waterbus stop in Bute Park, close to the West Gate entrance and the Holiday Inn hotel. If you are departing from Cardiff Bay then you will depart from the dock located in front of Mermaid Quay and the Pierhead building.