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).
Open Day rail discount
Get a discount when you book your train ticket to our Open Days (1-2 July 2022) with Transport for Wales.
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.
Cardiff is served by a number of local and national bus services – many of which drop passengers within easy walking distance of the University.
Please note that 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
X59 Park and Ride Cardiff East, Junction 30 of the A48 (M), CF23 8HH
X59 buses from the Park and Ride depart approximately every 30 minutes, with a journey time to the city centre of around 20 minutes.
For reference, it takes approximately 10-15 minutes to walk to the University's Main Building from the Park and Ride bus stop on Dumfries Place.
Return buses to the Cardiff East Park and Ride site depart every 30 minutes from Dumfries Place in the city centre.
Visit the Park and Ride East website for more information, including the most up to date fares and opening hours.
Parking in the city centre
There is limited on street ‘pay and display’ parking on Museum Avenue, Park Place, Senghennydd Road and within the civic centre. For further information about parking areas in Cardiff, please visit Cardiff Council’s website.
In addition, there are a number of city-centre, public car parks located close to the University (as marked on the map). 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. The Cardiff Airport Express Bus is currently not running due to COVID but further advice on planning your route from here can be found on the airport’s website.
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.