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.
The Cardiff-London InterCity rail service, from London Paddington, runs seventeen times a day, with a journey time of approximately two hours.
Frequent regional network trains, the Sprinter services, connect Cardiff with many towns and cities across the UK, including:
- Bristol (50mins)
- Birmingham (approx. 2hrs 30mins)
- Southampton (2hrs 40mins)
- Manchester (3hrs 20mins)
- Liverpool (3hrs 45mins).
Various rail companies operate direct services to Cardiff Central train station from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Cardiff Central train station
Cardiff Central train station is approximately 20 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.
Cathays train station
Alternatively visitors can change at Cardiff Central for Cathays train station (the University's station).
Cathays station is located in the centre of the Cathays Park Campus, opposite the Main Building. It provides easy access to all other University buildings at Cathays Park including the Students’ Union.
Great Western Rail discount
You, your family and your friends can get 20% off Advance Purchase fares for most mid- and long-distance Great Western Rail (GWR) routes to Cardiff Central train station on our Open Days (15 September and 27 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.
There is limited car parking around the University campus, and on Open Day the roads can get quite busy. To help make your day more relaxed we have arranged a Park & Ride service from just outside the city centre.
Park & Ride, Junction 30 of the A48 (M), CF23 8HH
Buses depart approximately every 15 minutes and the journey time to the University on Park Place is around 20 minutes. The bus service does not begin until after 08:00 and will cost £6 per car. The last bus from the University, on Park Place, back to Cardiff East Park and Ride will be 16:30. However, visitors can also use their Park and Ride ticket on the Park and Ride service departing from Churchill Way, in the city centre. This service departs from stop HN approximately every 15 minutes, with the last bus leaving Churchill Way at 19:30 (as the site closes at 20:00 and is locked overnight).
Please ensure that you catch the Open Day specific service. This will take you directly to the University Main Building on Park Place.
Park Place is also the collection bus stop for the return journey back to the Park & Ride site. Although we ask everyone to come to Cathays Park Campus first to register, there will be an Open Day shuttle bus running directly from Heath Park Campus to the Park and Ride site from 14.30-16.30 for those who wish to return straight to the site from Heath Park Campus in the afternoon.
Visit the Park & Ride East website for more information. Please note that the above information relates to Park and Ride Cardiff East only.
Great Western Rail discount
Alternatively, if you are coming from a location within the Great Western Rail network, consider leaving your car at home and take advantage of a discount on your travel. You, your family and your friends can get 20% off Advance Purchase fares for most mid- and long-distance Great Western Rail (GWR) routes to Cardiff Central train station on our Open Day.
Parking in the city centre
To avoid the hassle and cost of parking in the city centre, we recommend using public transport. However, there are a couple of car parks within walking distance of Park Place.
There is limited on street ‘pay and display’ parking on Park Place, Senghennydd Road and within the civic centre. This typically costs around £5.50 for five hours. Charges for city centre multi-storey car parks vary considerably, up to approximately £25 per day.
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 runs between the airport and the city centre. For further details, please visit the airport’s website.
Additional transport services are available from a number of UK airports providing onwards travel to Cardiff.