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It’s important to plan your journey into and around Cardiff well in advance.

CARDIFF HAS STRONG TRANSPORT LINKS, SO TRAVELLING HERE COULDN’T BE EASIER.

Cardiff is an easily accessible city. With so many ways to travel here, there’s really no excuse not to pay us a visit. Cardiff has it’s very own airport; high-speed rail links from London; the M4 motorway passes the north of the city; and you can even arrive on a ship! We’d love to welcome you, so what are you waiting for?

If you need advice for getting around Cardiff, parking your car, or anything else head over to our visitor information page.

WHERE IS CARDIFF?


Cardiff – in Welsh ‘Caerdydd’ –  is the capital city of Wales and is located on the Southern coast of Wales. Wales is one of four countries within the United Kingdom of Great Britain, along with Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland.

More specifically, Cardiff is located within the historic county of Glamorgan on the Bristol Channel, at the mouth of the River Taff, about 150 miles (240 km) west of London.

TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF BY PLANE


 

By Air

Cardiff Airport offers direct flights to cities including Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Geneva, Barcelona, Milan, Venice, and Rome, as well as connecting routes to more than 900 destinations worldwide.

The Airport is located in the Vale of Glamorgan, 13 miles to the west of Cardiff. Customers can travel to and from the airport with ease by using public transport, which runs regularly and frequently.

TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF BY TRAIN


 

By Rail

Cardiff is less than two hours from London by train, with services every 30 minutes. Cardiff also has direct routes to Bristol, Bath, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, and other main towns and cities. Cardiff Central Station is conveniently located in the city centre, close to many hotels and top attractions like the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.

For information on trains within Wales visit Transport For Wales; To Cardiff from London, Bristol, Bath, Southampton, Portsmouth, Exeter visit Great Western Railway; and to Cardiff from across the UK: National Rail

TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF BY CAR


 

By Road

Cardiff is easily accessible via the M4 motorway, which runs through the north of the city, with central London only a 3 hour 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 the M5 and M4. Access from West Wales is by the M4.

Cardiff has three Park & Ride sites to the North, South, and West of the City, these can be an easier option than trying to park in the city centre. For information on parking in Cardiff or park and ride services, click here.

Please note Castle Street is temporarily only accessible by Buses, Taxis, Motorcycles and emergency services. See here for further information.

TRAVELLING TO CARDIFF BY SEA


 

Did you know that you can sail to Cardiff? The Cardiff Harbour Authority is responsible for the operation of the Cardiff Bay Barrage. For all access and navigational information visit the Cardiff Harbour Authority website. There are short-term moorings in Cardiff Bay and  moorings available in nearby Penarth.

If you’re arriving in the UK by ferry at Portsmouth or Southampton, there are direct train connections from these port cities to Cardiff. The ferry ports also link with the national motorway system to provide fast access to Cardiff. You can also travel by ferry from Rosslare in Ireland to either Fishguard or Pembroke in West Wales. These ports then connect to Cardiff by train and road.

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