Travel by air
Cardiff Airport is 12 miles west of the city centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 of the M4. The airport has direct flights to over 50 destinations and connecting flights to over 800 destinations worldwide.
Visit cardiff-airport.com for details. Airlines operating from Cardiff include KLM, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Vueling, Ryanair, Thomson and Thomas Cook.
Trains run between the Airport and Cardiff Central station and Bridgend every hour, with a shuttle bus linking the Airport station to the terminal. Cardiff Bus operates the X91service between Cardiff Airport and Cardiff Central station every 2 hours during the day, 7 days a week. Visit cardiffbus.com for details.
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. Birmingham, Manchester and London Airports are also all easily accessible from Cardiff.
Cardiff is easily accessible via the M4 motorway, which runs through the north of the city, making London a comfortable 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 M5 and M4. Access from West Wales is by M4 and, from Mid and North Wales, the A470.
Cardiff has direct rail links to many cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and Southampton. The journey time from London Paddington to Cardiff is just over 2 hours and leaves every 30 minutes. By coach, Cardiff bus station is located adjacent to Cardiff Central Station and is the central hub for buses and coaches arriving from outside Cardiff. You can travel to Cardiff by National Express Coach from most UK cities. There are also Megabus routes into Cardiff from London, Swansea, Birmingham Airport, Manchester and Newcastle. The Megabus stops at Kingsway, just opposite the Hilton Hotel.
For those travelling from mainland Europe, there are a number of entry points to the UK served by many ferry companies. You can travel by ferry from France, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark to Southern England. If you are travelling from Ireland, ferries link directly to North and West Wales. UK Ferry ports link with the national motorway system to provide easy access to Cardiff.
Text courtesy of visitcardiff.com