Cardiff Airport

This information is correct as of October 2016.

Cardiff Airport is the busiest airport in Wales. It's just outside the capital, in the village of Rhoose. It was bought by the Welsh government in 2013 and has gone through a lot of big changes since then. The terminal has been upgraded, and lots of new direct routes have been introduced. Free Wi-Fi is available at the airport for half an hour, and then you need to pay for it.

You can compare flights now to find the best value holidays from Cardiff Airport, or read on for more information about what to expect.

Car parking at Cardiff Airport

There are three Park Mark accredited long stay car parks at Cardiff Airport. There's a short stay car park across from the terminal, which charges about £25 per day. You can also find cheap parking near Cardiff Airport with offsite options, such as the Highwayman.

Restaurants at Cardiff Airport

There are three places to eat at Cardiff Airport. Caffi Cwtch promises a "warm Welsh welcome" and has a selection of grab 'n' go food. Caffe Ritazza focuses on coffee and baked goods, while The Beer House is great for pub grub and pre-flight pint.

Cardiff Airport shops

Shops in Cardiff Airport are quite limited. There's a Nuance Duty Free where you can buy little luxuries including perfume, premium alcohol and big bags of sweets. There's also a WH Smith if you need to pick up some snacks and a magazine to read on board your flight.

VIP lounges at Cardiff Airport

The executive lounge at Cardiff Airport is open to all travellers for a fee. Free Wi-Fi is available, and there's a fully stocked bar (there's a two drink limit in place for alcoholic beverages). Snacks are provided, and there are business facilities including a fax and photocopier.

Cardiff Airport hotels

Staying in a hotel right next to the airport can take the pain out of early morning flights. Hotels near Cardiff Airport include Sky Plaza and the Holiday Inn Express. Both have parking facilities and airport shuttle services. Compare hotels in Cardiff.

Airports near Cardiff:
  • Bristol airport (44km)
  • Exeter airport (74km)
  • Gloucestershire airport (98km)
  • Bournemouth airport (125km)
  • Southampton airport (147km)
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 Getting to & from the Airport

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It takes 20-30 minutes to drive to the airport from the city centre, depending on traffic. If you're coming from the city, head west on the A4232 towards Barry. Merge onto Port Road (A4050) and follow signs for the airport. If you're flying to Cardiff and want to rent a car when you arrive, you can compare deals here.

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Rhoose Cardiff Airport train station isn't actually at the airport. You need to take the shuttle bus to the station. The journey into Rhoose takes ten minutes and it costs £1 to use the shuttle to the train station. Express trains from Rhoose take about 33 minutes to reach Cardiff, while local services take just over an hour.

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The T9 Cardiff Airport Express Bus Service is the only bus direct from the airport to the city. It's quite plush, with leather seats, Wi-Fi and plenty of space for luggage. Single tickets cost £5, and return tickets are £8. You can catch the bus from the stop outside the terminal.

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Taxis from Cardiff Airport can be booked in advance or hailed from outside the terminal. It should cost about £35-45 for a trip in a five seat taxi and £50-60 in a seven seater. Another option is to book a private transfer. Did you know you can compare private transfers with Skyscanner now, too?

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 Airport Contact Details

Cardiff Airport

Address:
Cardiff International Airport,
Cardiff,
Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3BD,
UNITED KINGDOM

Tel:+44 (0)1446 711111
Fax:+44 (0)1446 711675

Website:

Owner:
Cardiff International Airport Ltd.

 Location Details

Longitude:3° 20' 48'' W
Latitude:51° 23' 51'' N
IATA code:CWL
ICAO code:EGFF
Distance to city centre:23 km
Driving duration:30 minutes

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