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About Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is the country’s largest and the United Kingdom’s 10th largest city. Cardiff received ‘city’ status from King Edward VII in 1905. It was declared the country’s capital in 1955. The city’s establishment dates back 6 thousand years to the Roman era. The city is the cultural, art, tourism, political and sports hub of Wales. The country’s largest river, River Taff, passes through the city. Until 1905 Cardiff was a small coastal town that got by on fishing. Thanks to the coal mines and port in the south, the city has become the most developed city, in terms of trade and industry, in Wales.

Since the 1990’s the city has continued to grow. During this development the city’s lush green natural texture and historic riches did not incur the slightest damage. Cardiff is one of the cities in the UK that has the cleanest air. Rugby, football, and cricket are very popular in the city. The city’s two iconic structures, Millennium Stadium and Wales Millennium Centre, are the most stunning examples of modern architecture in the city. The city’s most attractive sights include the Cardiff Castle, Llandaff Cathedral, St. Fagan's National History Museum, National Museum, City Hall, and Red Castle.

The city has an active role in the entertainment world and is home to the studio where the famous television series Doctor Who is filmed. The ‘Doctor Who Experience’ area, which fans of the show flock to, offers those who want the opportunity to experience some of the action scenes in the TV series. In addition, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones were both born in Cardiff. The city has a mild and warm climate with heavy rainfall. The Cardiff Airport is located 12 km from the city center. The city is located in close proximity to London; London Heathrow Airport is a 1.5-hour drive to the city center. 

Transportation to Cardiff City Center from Airport


There are a variety of transportation alternatives available to get to the city center from Cardiff Airport. Buses and trains provide transportation to the city center all day long. However, the airport is not directly served by train; the train station is located a short bus ride from the airport. Taking a taxi or renting a car are both very convenient methods of transportation to get to the city from the airport.


The licensed taxi operator that serves Cardiff airport is the Flight Link Wales taxi company. These taxis are readily available at the terminal exit. The company also features vans and minibuses for large groups. You can also make a reservation in advance from the company’s website.


Buses are a convenient transportation alternative to get to the city center from the airport. Bus line T9 departs from the bus stop in front of the terminal. These buses offer passengers free internet access and space for extra luggage. The T9 runs every 20 minutes and operates from 5 am to 12:20 am on weekdays and from 6 am to 12:20 am on weekends.


Cardiff Airport isn’t directly served by train. However, the Rhoose Cardiff International Airport Railway Station is located just 10 minutes away. There are regular shuttle buses that provide transportation to the station from the airport. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the city center from this station by train. The train operates from 6:06 am to 11:06 pm Monday through Saturday. On Sundays the train operates from 10:06 am to 10:06 pm. During the week the train runs every hour and on the weekends it runs every 2 hours.

Rental Car

Renting a car is another convenient transportation alternative to get to the city center from the airport. There are three rental car companies located at the airport. You can choose to rent a vehicle from Enterprise, Europcar, or Hertz. Their offices are open from 8 am to 10:45 pm on weekdays, from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturdays, and from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Sundays.

Last Updated: 01 Feb 2017

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London-Cardiff 40 minutes.

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