Travel to Cardiff

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Travel to Cardiff

We usually* recommend that you book a flight to Cardiff, Bristol,  London Heathrow or London Gatwick.

London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports have train stations linking to Cardiff (Heathrow via Central London (Paddington station) Gatwick via Reading). Tickets can be bought in advance or directly from the train station. Booking your train ticket in advance provides the cheapest option; however please note that this may not be the most practical option as, with an advance booking you must catch the train at a specified time, so if your flight was delayed and you missed that train you might have to buy a whole new ticket. You can find out further information about services and booking by contacting National Rail Enquiries: Tel: +44 (0)8457 48 49 50. Website-

Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports also have direct coach links to Cardiff, the journey time from Gatwick is around half an hour longer than from Heathrow (Cardiff University and Cardiff, Castle Street are the most central stops). You can find out further information by contacting National Express:

Tel: +44 (0)8717 818181.  Website:

There is a National Express Bus service that runs directly from Bristol Airport to Cardiff City Centre (Cardiff University and Cardiff, Castle Street are the most central stops):

There is a bus service that runs every 20 minutes from Cardiff Airport directly to the City Centre.  You can find a timetable on the below website:

The Service number is T9

Tickets are priced from £5 and the bus will take you into the city centre.

Alternatively you can a take a taxi directly from Cardiff Airport to the City Centre ( this will cost around £35. Taxis can be hired from the Flight Link Wales taxi office, which you will find immediately outside the Arrivals Building or can be booked in advance via web booking

There is a taxi rank located at Cardiff Central Bus & Train Station; taxis from here to your accommodation will cost approximately £5-£10, depending where your accommodation is located.

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