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Travel information

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 20-30 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.

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.

Cardiff is served by a number of local and national bus services – many of which drop passengers within easy walking distance of the University.

Park and Ride

There is limited car parking around the University campus and on the weekend the roads can get quite busy. To help make your day more relaxed, there is a Park and Ride service from just outside the city centre.

Visit the Park and Ride East website for more information.

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 £6.10 for five hours. For further information about parking areas in Cardiff, please visit Cardiff Council’s website.

There are a number of city centre multi-storey car parks. However, please note that charges vary considerably, up to approximately £26 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.