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Bristol airport is 50 miles or 80 Km from Cardiff. If you are arriving during the day, it will take around 2 hours to get from Bristol airport to Cardiff University.
A regular National Express coach service connects Bristol Airport with Cardiff and South Wales. It calls at Cardiff Bus Station, Cardiff University and Newport Rail Station and runs 12 times daily. Online fares start from £10 one way. Tickets can also be purchased on board the coach, paying in cash or by card. For more information see:www.nationalexpress.com
Alternatively, you can get the Bristol International Flyer bus service from the airport into Centre of Bristol (around 8 miles or 13 km from the airport) and then on to Cardiff either by train or coach. This bus service runs every 10 minutes from the airport.
The Bristol International Flyer also makes a stop at Bristol Bus Station, where you can catch the National Express coach service to Cardiff. Coaches run far less frequently than trains, around every two hours and tickets cost around £10.
Take the Bristol International Flyer. From the airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station, the fare for this journey is £7.
Once at Bristol Temple Meads, the train service to Cardiff Central runs every 30 minutes. A one-way ticket costs around £10.
Both the coach and train drop off at Cardiff Central Bus/Railway Station.
From here it is recommended you take a taxi to your accommodation. This will cost about £5-£10 depending on the distance to your accommodation and how much luggage you are carrying.
There are taxis easily available from outside the Railway station.
They are a good way to get to your accommodation, especially if you have a lot to carry. They can be quite expensive, so sharing with friends to split the cost is a good idea. Always take a taxi that is registered with Cardiff City Council. Their licence is yellow and should be displayed at the back of the taxi. The taxi driver should also have their licence with their photograph displayed in the taxi. Always find out the price of the journey before you get in the taxi. Always pay for the journey when you have reached your destination, never at the start of the journey. It is a good idea to sit in the back of the taxi behind the driver.
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Pre-departure Guide for International Students 2015
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