In order to make your trip to Cardiff as simple as possible, here’s comprehensive information on how to get here via a variety of means. If you’re coming from abroad, don’t assume that flying is the only or even the most convenient way.
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Travelling to the UK by rail
The Eurostar is ideal for connections from Paris, Lille, Brussels.
See the excellent The Man in Seat 61 for more information. In particular, see how to buy tickets online, and use the “Select the city where your journey starts” menu. Also, see the Eurostar connections website - but note that you can only buy tickets directly to Cardiff from the English version of the site.
From London to Cardiff
From the London St Pancras Eurostar terminal, take the Circle Line or the Hammersmith & City Line (five stops, approximately 11 minutes) to Paddington Station.
London to Cardiff Central railway station takes two hours.
Return fares to Cardiff
- from Paris: from around £107
- from Belgium: from around £116
- Eurostar offers from SNCF from Paris, Calais, Lille & Brussels
Travelling to the UK by sea
If you arrive at a port in the UK, you’ll be able to travel to Cardiff by rail or bus, or even in your own car.
Ferries from Ireland sail to a number of ports. See the Man in Seat 61’s information about travelling from Ireland, including very inexpensive SailRail tickets.
Numerous options exist. See Direct Ferries for more information.
Brittany Ferries run services from Santander and Bilbao sail several times a week, to Portsmouth and Plymouth. The crossing takes between 20 and 24 hours.
We are able to provide a discount code for Brittany Ferries - please ask!
Travelling to the UK by air
See the links below for detailed travel options to Cardiff from various UK airports.
Flying directly to Cardiff
Cardiff Airport - the recommended option if it works for you.
Flying to Bristol
Bristol Airport - the next-best option
Note: the Greyhound Bus service previously recommended has been discontinued, but see the link above for updated connection details.
Flying to Birmingham Airport
Public transport in the UK
Buy a ticket to Cardiff Central railway station.
Cardiff Central is about 15 minutes’ walk from Cardiff City Hall.
Rail travel in the UK can be very expensive, especially if you don’t buy your tickets until you travel. For much cheaper fares:
- buy your tickets about twelve weeks in advance, when the cheapest Advance Single tickets are released
- note that travel at off-peak times will be cheaper
- … and that buying two singles can be cheaper than buying a return ticket
The East Coast rail ticket sales website is recommended for purchasing tickets.
Long distance travel by bus (‘coach’) can be quite civilised, and is often significantly cheaper than travelling by rail.
Some coach services provide free WiFi.
Cardiff Central bus station is 15 minutes’s walk from Cardiff City Hall.