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Car Hire from Cardiff Airport

Car Hire Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport is located 10 miles south of Cardiff in the Vale of Galmorgan. Hiring a car from Cardiff Airport puts the south coast of Wales and Brecon Beacons National Park in easy reach.

Where to hire a car at Cardiff Airport

Enterprise, Europcar, National, Alamo and Hertz offer car hire from Cardiff Airport. The desks are located in the terminal building with the cars being picked up from the short stay car park.

Petrol Stations near Cardiff Airport

If you hire a car from Cardiff Airport with a “full to full” fuel policy you will need to refuel your petrol tank before dropping off the car.

If you are approaching the airport from the west you will find an Esso petrol station on the B4265, 3.5 miles away from the airport. If driving from Cardiff the petrol station closest to the airport is a Texaco on the A4265, 2 miles away.

Driving around Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport is rurally located with a number of A roads connecting you to the M4 motorway or A4 which runs around the centre of Cardiff city centre. Traffic is often slow moving at the two roundabouts entering and exiting the airport especially during peak periods.
The M4 connects Cardiff to the towns and cities on the south coast of Wales, with the M5 taking you to the south of England.

Getting to your destination

Here are some of the popular destinations for visitors to Cardiff and South Wales which can be easily reached from Cardiff Airport


The Welsh capital city is a city break destination with unique attractions, a bustling creative scene, Victorian shopping arcades and a number of fairy tale castles to explore.

Driving from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff city centre is 12 miles, taking approximately 30 minutes via the A426.
The central shopping area of the town is pedestrianised and roads leading in to the centre can be congested, especially during peak hours.
Short stay on street parking in the city centre is available at Butetown and Cardiff Bay, starting at £1.70 for 1 hour. There are also a number of 24 hour, long stay car parks throughout the city.


Wales’ city of culture, Swansea is located on the waterfront with the 5 mile Swansea Bay beach offering some of the best countryside walks and beach activities in Wales.

Cardiff Airport to Swansea is a 42 mile drive via the M1 taking approximately one hour.
There are a number of car parks in the city centre of Swansea which are in easy reach of the shops, Swansea Market and museums. Beach parking is also available for £5 per day which can be used at a number of the beaches in the area.


At the north of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this is the ideal base to explore the castles, caves, lakes and prehistoric sites of the Brecon Beacons.

Driving from Cardiff Airport through the Brecon Beacons to Brecon will take you 1 hour via the A470. The drive through the national park is considered to be one of the best driving routes in Wales.
You will find plenty of parking available, on Market Street in the centre of the town and by the riverside.

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