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Travelling to Cardiff

Last updated: 29/07/2021 11:16

There are a number of ways to travel to Cardiff via train and coach.

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

Transport to Cardiff

Depending at which airport you arrive at, there are a number of ways to travel to Cardiff from UK airports.

By coach

Coach collection service from Heathrow

A coach collection service from Heathrow to Cardiff will be available for new international students starting in September 2021. We are currently reviewing how we provide this service. More details will be available later in the summer.

English Language Programme students

If you are an English Language Programme student and you are coming to study in Cardiff in either July or August, you will receive information about a specific collection service shortly.

For all other queries relating to coach collection please email coachcollection@cardiff.ac.uk.

National Express and Megabus

Coach travel is the cheapest form of travel in the UK. The two main companies to run routes from most of the major cities to Cardiff is National Express and Megabus Both run direct services to Cardiff from London Heathrow. Both companies use Sophia Garden Bus Station as their main stop-off in Cardiff.

By train

Train travel is more expensive than travelling by coach and you'll have to change trains.

Take the Heathrow Express train from Heathrow Airport into Paddington Station in London. Trains leave every 15 minutes from all terminals at Heathrow to London. Once at Paddington, you'll take the train to Cardiff via Great Western Railway. On weekdays, the train to Cardiff from Paddington leaves every 30 minutes.

A single journey from Heathrow to Cardiff will be £65–£205 and the journey time is two hours. You can buy tickets online (it’s cheaper in advance), or at the ticket office at the railway station in the airport.

By taxi

Travelling by taxi is a very expensive option and not advisable. A taxi to Cardiff from Heathrow would cost around £200.

By train

Bristol International Flyer bus service is a dedicated bus service that runs every 10 minutes from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station. The fare for this journey is £6.

Once at Bristol Temple Meads, the train service to Cardiff Central Railway Station runs every 30 minutes. A one-way ticket costs around £15.

By coach

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.

A taxi from Cardiff Airport will cost around £33 and can be hired from the Flight Link taxi office inside the arrivals area or booked in advance by phoning +44 (0)1446 728500.

You can also take the Cardiff Airport Express, which runs every 20 minutes, seven days a week. Tickets start at £5 each way, and the journey to Custom House Street in Cardiff city centre takes 40 minutes.

The train will drop you off at Cardiff Central Railway Station, and National Express coaches will now drop you off at Sophia Gardens.

From here, it is recommended you take a taxi to your accommodation. Taxis from either of these locations will cost about £5-£12 depending on the distance to your accommodation and how much luggage you are carrying.

There are taxis easily available from outside the railway station, however you would need to book a taxi from Sophia Gardens.  Always take a taxi that is registered with Cardiff City Council. Their license is yellow and should be displayed at the back of the taxi. The taxi driver should also have their license 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. We would recommend you wear a face covering whilst in the taxi.

We would recommend booking through Dragon taxis either over the phone on +44 (0)29 2033 3333 or visit their website.

Arriving early or late

Your room in University accommodation may not be available before the recommended date of arrival. If you intend to arrive in Cardiff before this date, you will need to contact the Residences Office. If you are likely to be arriving after the recommended date of arrival please email residences@cardiff.ac.uk.

If you are arriving late or out of hours you need to log onto your Cardiff Student Portal (SIMS), select ‘late arrival’ and choose your specific arrival date/time. You will receive a confirmation email which details what to do when you arrive.

Arriving out of working hours

If you arrive unexpectedly late in the evening or early in the morning and you have not been able to inform Residences of your late arrival, you should go directly to the Security Office next to the Psychology Tower opposite 51 Park Place, or contact them via the details below. The Security Office will then arrange for you to be let into your University accommodation.

Security Office