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Travelling to the UK

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Last updated: 03/10/2022 16:43

Flying to the UK

There are a number of airports in the UK to choose from. Depending on which country you are flying from, we would recommend one of the following.

It is approximately 150 miles (240 kilometres) from London to Cardiff, and 50 miles (80 kilometres) from Bristol to Cardiff.

Most of our international students arrive at Heathrow Airport, which is around 18 miles/29 km southwest of London and around four hours from Cardiff. Most international airlines will fly into Heathrow and therefore usually has the most competitive fares.

If you're coming from mainland Europe, you may find Bristol Airport more convenient, as it is 50 miles/80 km from Cardiff. If you are arriving during the day, it will take around two hours to travel from Bristol airport.

The closest airport to the University and the city of Cardiff is Cardiff Airport, which is roughly 13 miles/20 km from the City. It takes about 30 minutes to travel from Cardiff Airport.

Declaring money

If you're arriving in the UK from a country outside the European Union (EU), you must declare any cash that equals the value of 10,000 Euros or more to customs officers.

Cash not only means currency notes and coins but also banker’s drafts and cheques of any kind, including travellers’ cheques. You will find the relevant forms to fill out at ports and airports.

Bringing food to the UK

If you're arriving in the UK from a country outside of the EU, please don’t pack any fresh, dried or cured pork or wild boar meat to bring with you, as this is illegal. This is because meat and meat products can carry diseases.

You should declare any food you bring with you to customs when you arrive in the UK.

Additionally, if your family or friends are sending you gifts by post, please ask them not to send any meat products.