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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 Bus runs an extensive system throughout Cardiff and the local area, travelling to Penarth and Barry. To pay by cash you need the exact change. You can also pay by contactless card. 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.
There are 20 railway 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.
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.
We've compiled a list of operators for the many modes of public transit in the capital city, as well as stations and taxi ranks.
Cardiff is flat, compact and easily 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 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.
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 two most popular taxi companies in Cardiff are Dragon Taxis and Premier Taxis, both will charge roughly the same price for the same trip. 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.
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.