Cardiff is easy to reach whether you're travelling by public transport, by car or by air.
Travelling to Cathays Campus
Cardiff is easily accessible by rail from London, major UK airports and many towns and cities across the country.
There are regular, direct services from London Paddington to Cardiff throughout the day. Frequent regional network trains, also connect Cardiff with many towns and cities across the UK, including:
- Bristol (50mins)
- Birmingham (approx. 2hrs)
- Southampton (2hrs 40mins)
- Manchester (3hrs 30mins)
- Liverpool (3hrs 45mins).
Cardiff Central train station
Cardiff Central train station is approximately 20-30 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.
Given the School of Journalism, Media and Culture's close proximity to Cardiff Central, those interested in Journalism courses may wish to consider visiting the School on arrival at Cardiff, or on their return to the station. Please consult the school's programme entry to see their schedule of activities.
Cardiff Queen Street station
Visitors intending to visit the Schools of Physics and Engineering may like to use Cardiff Queen Street station which is located less than a 5 minute walk from Queens’ Building.
Cathays train station
Alternatively, visitors can change at Cardiff Central or Cardiff Queen Street for Cathays train station (the university's station).
Cathays station is located in the centre of the Cathays Park Campus, opposite the Main Building and next to the Students’ Union. It provides easy access to all other university buildings at Cathays Park including the Centre for Student Life.
Great Western Railway discount
Great Western Railway (GWR) are offering a 20% discount on rail tickets to our Open Day across the following dates:
- Outward tickets: 15 October to 22 October
- Return tickets: 22 October to 29 October
Cardiff is served by a number of local and national bus services – many of which drop passengers within easy walking distance of the university.
Parking within the university is extremely limited and, for this reason, is reserved for visitors with mobility difficulties.
Parking within the city centre can be expensive. To avoid the cost and hassle of parking in the city centre, we recommend public transport. However, for those visitors who wish to travel by car, we recommend using the Park and Ride Service.
Park and Ride
Park and Ride Cardiff East, Junction 30 of the A48(M), CF23 8HH
There will be a special university Open Day shuttle service from the Cardiff East Park and Ride site to our Cathays Park Campus. The Open Day bus service begins after 08:00 and runs until 16:30. Please ensure you catch the correct service as other routes operate from the site.
Buses from the Park and Ride depart approximately every 15 minutes. The journey time to the city centre is around 20 minutes and will cost £10 per car (cash or contactless). If paying by cash, the exact fare is required.
Return buses to the Cardiff East Park and Ride site will depart from the bus stop outside the Law Building on Park Place (Cathays Park Campus) throughout the day, until 16:30. This is the same bus stop at which visitors disembark the shuttle service on the inbound journey.
After 16:30, the Open Day Park and Ride service from the Law Building on Park Place (Cathays Park Campus) will cease. However, you can use your ticket and catch a return bus to the Park and Ride site from Dumfries Place, Stop HD (near Sainsbury’s), in the city centre. The last bus departs from here at 18:15. Please visit the Park and Ride website for the standard service’s timetable information.
At peak times, there may be a queue for this service, both on the inbound and outbound route. The Park and Ride site closes promptly at 18:40 and is locked overnight.
Parking in the city centre
There are a few car parks within walking distance of Park Place (city centre).
There are some on street pay and display parking places in Park Place, Senghennydd Road and in the Civic Centre. Please visit Cardiff Council website for more information.
There are a number of city centre multi-storey car parks. However, please note that charges vary considerably.
Nearest airport: Cardiff Airport
Several inter-regional and international air services operate from Cardiff Airport, which is about 12 miles from the city centre.
Find out more about public transport links to and from Cardiff International Airport.
Additional transport services are available from a number of UK airports providing onwards travel to Cardiff.
View a campus map marked with all of our buildings where our academic schools, residences and other services are located.