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Getting around

Last updated: 15/05/2024 15:48

Cardiff is an accessible city with plenty of open and green spaces to enjoy. It is very easy to get around the campus and city on foot or bicycle, and there are a number of measures in place to support you with your journeys.

We have excellent public transport links for travel further afield, and whilst some students may wish to bring their vehicle to Cardiff, our recently launched sustainable travel plan encourages the use of active and sustainable modes of travel by students and staff wherever possible.

Finding your way around

  • download the Student App to find your way around campus. Store your favourite places and find out what other facilities are around your location.
  • to plan your journeys to and around the university, visit My Uni Journey
  • to plan journeys outside of the university, visit Traveline Cymru.

Bring a bike

Cycling is a healthy, green and fun way to travel around the city and is popular with students. Cardiff is well connected with a growing cycle lane network, making travel safer and more enjoyable.

The university provides secure storage facilities at residences and around the campus buildings, so if you own a bike, why not bring it with you? Don't forget to keep you and your bike safe.

You can also purchase a D-lock via cashless payment from Cardiff University Security Centre Reception Desk for £20 (09:00 – 14:30 Monday – Friday).

We work closely with South Wales Police who offer security marking of student bikes throughout the year.

Use of e-scooters

Please be aware that using private e-scooter is illegal on public highways and in public spaces. The university does not allow e-scooters on campus. If you have an e-scooter, we recommend not bringing it to Cardiff. There are currently no trials of rented e-scooters taking place in Cardiff.

Public transport

Bus and train services are provided within the city centre, local suburbs and the wider area.

Travelling by bus

Our campuses are well served by local and national bus/coach service providers.

Local routes National travel Airport shuttle
Cardiff BusNational ExpressTraws Cymru
Adventure TravelMegabusCardiff Airport
Newport Bus (X30 via Heath Park)  Bristol Airport
Traws Cymru  

Travel Pass

16 to 21 year olds can apply for mytravelpass to receive up to 30% on bus travel in Wales.

Travelling by train

Cardiff Central is a hub for the train network in Cardiff, linking the city with the rest of south and west Wales, and other major British cities. Other rail stations available in Cardiff include:

Campus access Closest station Walking time
School of Engineering (Trevithick and Queens Buildings), McKenzie House, Eastgate House, Senghennydd Court, Senghennydd Hall, Gordon Hall. Cardiff Queen Street Approximately 10 minutes
University buildings at Cathays Park (excluding those close to Cardiff Queen Street station). Cathays Approximately 15-20 minutes
University buildings at Heath Park. Heath Low Level and Heath High Level Approximately 20 minutes

Tickets and railcards

You can choose from single, return, multiflex (12 single tickets for the price of 10), weekly, monthly and annual tickets.

Transport for Wales Railcards can help you save money on travel.18 Saver Railcard gives a 50% discount on standard fares to 18-year-olds, and the Student Railcard provides a 34% discount.

Earn rewards for active and sustainable travel

Take part in the Changing Steps Cardiff sustainable travel challenge. Earn BetterPoints for choosing active and sustainable travel journeys to and from campus.

Students who take part in the challenge will be rewarded with BetterPoints to redeem on some great local offers on campus, on the high street and with local transport providers. There are also many prizes to be won, and seasonal campaigns and challenges are held throughout the year to encourage students to travel sustainably.

Learn more

Find out more about sustainable travel on the student intranet, which you can access after enrolment.