How to get to CARDIFF - read on !
Great Western Trains operate an hourly 125mph rapid train service from Central London (Paddington) to Cardiff Central Station, the journey taking around 2hrs. 10 mins. This is by far the quickest method of travelling between the two Capital Cities. (There are no plane flights). Tickets can cost as little as £25-£30 one way with an Advance Saver Ticket, available from First Great Western or Call +44 870 000125.
CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Train services to Cardiff International Airport run from Cardiff Central and Penarth (Cogan), with a journey time from Cardiff of 30 minutes, and from Penarth (Cogan) of just 21 minutes. A free dedicated bus meets the train at Rhoose Station, and drops you off at the Departures Terminal. Trains run hourly on Weekdays throughout the day from early morning until late evening, and two hourly on Sundays. There is FREE Parking at Penarth (Cogan) Station. These services continue on to Bridgend, with direct connections to trains for Swansea and West Wales. Connections at Cardiff Central from Bristol, Exeter, Hereford, Birmingham and North Wales. For full timetable details, go to Arriva Trains Wales
For local services from Cardiff to Penarth, departing every 15 minutes weekdays, and other long distance services to Cardiff, visit Arriva Trains or call +44 8457 48 49 50 (08457 484950) for times. Bargain Tickets are usually called "Saver or Super-Saver Tickets". Each has differing restrictions as to travel times. (Note -Visitors to Britain can buy discounted railcards giving access to the entire U.K. rail network. These MUST be purchased in your home country before travelling to the U.K.)ALL WALES FLEXI PASS
Explore Wales (0870 9000 777) for the “Freedom of Wales” Flexipass. This gives unlimited travel for 4 days Train and 8 days Bus travel on all mainline rail services in Wales + many scheduled bus services.
This is a superb way, at a very reasonable cost, to see much of rural Wales, and is highly recommended. Telephone +44 (870) 9000 777. North & Mid Wales Flexi Rover ticket offers similar unlimited travel benefits by train/bus, but on a more restricted regional basis. Tickets may be purchased for either 3 or 7 days travel. Contact (08457) 48 49 50 or (01766) 512340 or website as above.
For the eight "Great Little Trains" of Wales, call (01983) 810441, or visit Great Little Trains of Wales or write to GLTW, The Station, Llanfair Caereinion, Mid Wales, UK. SY21 0BR.
National Express ("Flightlink") coaches operate a regular service from London Gatwick (LGW) & London Heathrow (LHR) (Central) terminals direct to Cardiff's Central Bus Station. This is the cheapest way of travelling. Transit times range from around 3 hours from Heathrow, to 4 hours 15 minutes from Gatwick. There are en-route stops at Reading, Bristol and Newport. Non-airport services operate from London's Victoria Coach Station, about 500m. from the Tube Station. Coaches depart Cardiff (Central Bus Station) to London Heathrow, on an hourly basis, during the daytime. Visit National Express or call (08705) 80 80 80. Ticket Office at Cardiff Bus Station, Central Square. It is wise to Pre-Book your journey on the Internet or by telephone, as services are very busy at times.
Visit Cardiff Bus for details of Local Services throughout the city and beyond.Services from Cardiff City Centre to Penarth run every 8 minutes in the daytime, and are numbered 92, 93 and 94, departing St. Mary Street (Lower) during the daytime. Evening Services (after 7.00pm) are numbered 92 & 94, departing from St. Mary Street and Central Bus Station half-hourly from 1900-2320. Service 89A/89Bvia Cardiff Bay, Penarth Marina and Esplanade, departs from Custom House Street (rear of Marriot Hotel) hourly until 6.00pm. The cheapest fare is an Off Peak Return, obtainable after 0930 daily, costing about £2 ($3.75) round trip. With the opening (August 2012) of the new BBC Studios at Roath Lock (Porth Teigr), and the multi-million DR WHO Experience, you can travel to both these locations on the Blue Baycar (Service 6), which departs from Cardiff Central Station (Back Entrance) every 10 minutes.
"Best Deal" if riding throughout the City and Suburbs, is the "Day to Go", which gives unlimited travel in Cardiff & Penarth. Costing only £3.70 ($5.50) per Adult, buy on the first bus you board, and transit the whole of this beautiful city and its many attractions.
Log on to Cardiff Bus for other local service details. Buses serve the entire city and suburbs, and the route network also extends to Barry, Caerphilly, and Newport. A "Network Rider" ticket permits a day's unlimited travel in the South East Wales region on five different operators service routes. At around £6.00 ($9.00), this is incredible value for sightseers. Visit places such as Caerphilly Castle, Museum of Welsh Life, Rhondda Heritage Park, Chepstow Castle & Museum, Newport Transporter Bridge, Tredegar House and the delightful Dyffryn Gardens. Buy your ticket on board the first bus.
BRECON BEACONS BUS (Summer only)
This Special Service direct to the Beacons mountains and Brecon City from Cardiff Bus Station, runs on Sundays and Bank Holidays in High Summer. This is an excellent way to see the magnificent mountains that form this dominating range lying about 1 hour north of Cardiff. For full details of times and fares, click here:- Brecon Beacons Bus. For detailed Travel Information, call the Information Centre at Libanus on 01874 623 366
Cardiff International Airport (CWL)
Cardiff International Airport is located at Rhoose,
Nr. Barry, about 12 miles west of Cardiff City Centre.The airport, which is extensively equipped for large passenger and cargo
aircraft, is accessed via A4232 from the City Centre, A4050 from Culverhouse Cross, then A4266 and B4265 to the west of Barry.
All routes to the airport are well signposted. Flight destinations include Amsterdam, Dublin, Newcastle by Scheduled airlines,
and numerous destinations through Charter operators. Vuela operates a service to Spanish destinations. Fast Trains (see
above) and a direct 20 minute frequency Bus Service, connect the airport with
Cardiff Central Bus and Train stations, and Car Rental Hire is available at the airport. "Airport Taxis" are based
at the main Arrivals Terminal. Connecting buses to the rail link stop outside the Arrivals Terminal. Visit Cardiff International
Airport (CWL) at: Cardiff Airport CWL. Phone (01446) 711 111 for fuller details. Flight Arrivals at Cardiff International
can be accessed on the CWL website Cardiff Airport
London (Heathrow) LHR is reached in under 2 ½ hours along the M4 Motorway. London (Gatwick) LGW is approximately 4 hours away. Visit British Airports Manchester Airport is about 3 ½ hours by rail. Visit Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airportis about 3 ¼ hours by rail
Water taxi services have been running across Cardiff Bay for over 10 years, together with fair weather longer trips outside the barrage towards Penarth and Lavernock Point. The M/V "Cygnet" operates a regular service between Penarth Marina and Mermaid Quay on Cardiff's Waterfront, which is a handy way of visiting the Cardiff Bay area with its many attractions, cinemas, pubs, clubs, ethnic and Welsh restaurants, and the Welsh Assembly. As parking in "the Bay" is often difficult, this is a super way of travelling for a Day Out in Cardiff's former docklands districts, now transformed with millions of pounds of investment into an upmarket visitor venue.
In the Summer months, one of Cardiff's most popular
outings is a Day Cruise on the paddle steamer "Waverley" or the former ferry
"Balmoral", to West Country resorts such as Ilfracombe, Lundy Island and
Minehead. The "Waverley", the world's last sea going paddle steamer, carries around 850 passengers, and has
a rapid turn of speed. She was refitted extensively during the 2000 season with the aid of National Lottery funding. Both
ships sail from Penarth Pier, and tickets may be purchased on board, or from Penarth Tourist Information Centre. (Tel 029
2070 8849) (1000-1800 Summer Weekends only) (Tel 01446 747171 at all other times). Warm clothing is recommended for all sailings,
as the Bristol Channel can be very windy at times !!
There are, as in all countries, many car rental firms, some well known, some not. Many will be familiar to
you. You should check conditions carefully prior to hiring. In particular, watch for fuel top-up and excess mileage charges,
on returning the car. Check Yellow Pages for details of Cardiff based companies.
There are two types of taxis operating in and around CARDIFF. Hackney Cabs, which
are highly visible in their Black & White colour scheme, with a "Taxi" sign, and license plate # under the boot
lid. These can be hailed on the streets at Taxi Ranks, Central Station etc. Private Hire cabs. These can only be booked by
calling the company's phone number in the Yellow Pages or Blue BT phone books. They cannot be hailed like Hackney Cabs.
All fares are fixed by the City Council.
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