How to get here
Cardiff is easy to reach whether you're travelling by public transport, by car or by air.
On arrival, all Open Day visitors are asked to register at Main Building, on Cathays Campus.
Travelling to Cathays Campus
There is limited car parking around the University campus, and on Open Day the roads can be quite busy. To help make your day more relaxed we have arranged a Park & Ride service from just outside the city centre.
Park & Ride East, Junction 30 of the A48 (M), CF23 8HH
Buses depart approximately every 15 minutes and the journey time to the University on Park Place is around 20 minutes. The bus service does not begin until after 08:00 and will cost £6 per car. The last bus from the University, on Park Place, back to Cardiff East Park and Ride will be 16:30. However, visitors can also use their Park and Ride ticket on the Park and Ride service departing from Churchill Way, in the city centre. This service departs from stop HN approximately every 15 minutes, with the last bus leaving Churchill Way at 19:00.
Please ensure that you catch the Open Day specific service. This will take you directly to the University Main Building on Park Place.
Visit the Park & Ride East website for more information.
Parking in the city centre
To avoid the hassle and cost of parking we recommend using the Park & Ride. However, there are a couple of car parks within walking distance of Park Place.
There is limited on street ‘pay and display’ parking on Park Place, Senghennydd Road and within the civic centre. This typically costs around £5 for up to five hours. Charges for city centre multi-storey car parks vary considerably, up to approximately £24 per day.
Cardiff is easily accessible by rail from London, major UK airports and many towns and cities across the country.
The Cardiff-London InterCity rail service, from London Paddington, runs seventeen times a day, with a journey time of approximately two hours.
Frequent regional network trains, the Sprinter services, connect Cardiff with many towns and cities across the UK, including:
- Bristol (50mins)
- Birmingham (2hrs 30mins)
- Southampton (2hrs 40mins)
- Manchester (3hrs 20mins)
- Liverpool (3hrs 45mins).
Various rail companies operate direct services to Cardiff Central train station from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Cardiff Central train station
Cardiff Central train station is approximately 20 minutes on foot to Cardiff University's Main Building. Walking will allow you to get a feel for the city including the shops, restaurants and entertainment it has to offer. Student Ambassadors will be at the station during the morning to provide advice and directions to visitors, should you wish to walk.
Cathays train station
Alternatively visitors can change at Cardiff Central for Cathays train station (the University's station).
Cathays station is located in the centre of the Cathays Park Campus, opposite the Main Building. It provides easy access to all other University buildings at Cathays Park including the Students’ Union.
Great Western Railway
For those travelling with Great Western Railway, a discount may be available on certain Advance Purchase fares to Cardiff Central.
Cardiff is served by a number of local and national bus services – many of which drop passengers within easy walking distance of the University.
If you are visiting us as part of a School group, coaches should approach the University along King Edward VII Avenue, turn into College Road and right into Museum Avenue where students can be dropped off. Further travel information will be sent to the school prior to Open Day.
Nearest airport: Cardiff Airport
Several inter-regional and international air services operate from Cardiff Airport, which is about 12 miles from the city centre. The Cardiff Airport Express Bus runs between the airport and the city centre. For further details, please visit the airport’s website.
Additional transport services are available from a number of UK airports providing onwards travel to Cardiff.
Visiting Schools based at the Heath Campus
Visitors interested in Healthcare Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry are kindly asked to make their way to the Cathays Park Campus where most open day activities are based.
Staff from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare Sciences will be available in Main Building.
Shuttle buses will be available from Horseshoe Drive at Main Building from 09:30-14:45 to take visitors to the Heath Campus for tours.
Please note that the University Dental Hospital is closed at weekends, so tours of the School of Dentistry will not be available on Saturday Open Days.
Please see the School of Dentistry’s website for the latest information about the talks, displays and exhibitions that will be available on Saturday Open Days.