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Cardiff Airport lies less than 12 miles south-west of the city, and it’s Wales’s busiest airport. The free drop-off zone is outside the terminal, with a further point at the long-stay car park, free for 20 minutes. With so much to see locally, from gorgeous coastline to vibrant cities, ruined castles and fascinating museums, architecture and cultural attractions, you’ll be genuinely spoilt for choice. Local hotel accommodation is equally, varied, from B&Bs to low-cost chains, independents and five-star luxury. Reach it all (and more) with a Cardiff Airport transfer.

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A choice of hotels near Cardiff Airport

Before travelling, book your Cardiff Airport transfer to or from one of the city’s hotels:

  • Travelodge Cardiff Airport is two miles away, so you can be there in minutes. Expect affordable two-star comfort – this hotel is close to Barry and enjoys an ‘excellent’ TripAdvisor rating.
  • The Manor House Hotel is further away at seven miles, but reachable within 15 minutes via Cardiff Airport transfer. It’s family-run, with two stars and ranked ‘very good’ on TripAdvisor.
  • The Copthorne Hotel lies 5.6 miles off, so again a Cardiff Airport transfer takes minutes. With a lakeside location, it has four stars and scores 3.5/5 (‘very good) on Trip Advisor.

Transferring from Cardiff to another airport?

  • Bristol Airport is more than 60 miles east, so allow an hour and 20 minutes for a Cardiff Airport transfer
  • Birmingham Airport is getting on for 130 miles distant, meaning a road trip of two and a quarter hours
  • Exeter Airport lies 120 miles to the south west, so it’s a similar journey to getting to Birmingham
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Popular towns and cities near Cardiff Airport

  1. Bristol is nearly 60 miles east, so allow an hour and 15 to minutes from Cardiff Airport. The city has a lengthy maritime history – visit SS Great Britain, and marvel at Clifton Suspension Bridge spanning the Avon Gorge. Millennium Square and the Harbourside are more modern attractions – take in the zoo and aquarium, too.
  2. Barry is less than four miles east, so you can be there in minutes by road. It’s a resort on the Bristol Channel coast; stroll the golden sand and enjoy the buzz of action-packed Barry Island pleasure park. Some of TV hit Gavin and Stacey was set here!
  3. Bridgend is 18 miles away and reachable within 30 minutes by Cardiff Airport transfer. It lies equidistant between Cardiff and Swansea by the River Ogmore. With three local castles, it offers lively local pubs plus great food. Shopaholics will make a beeline for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.
  4. Swansea lies 40-odd miles to the north, and you can be there within an hour by motorway. Take in the waterfront of Swansea Bay, stretching to Mumbles and the Gower Peninsula. This city offers superb cultural attractions – check out the Glynn Vivian gallery and the National Waterfront Museum.
  5. Cardiff itself is a 30-minute run from the airport. The Welsh capital is an exciting, youthful place and home to the National Museum, the wildlife of Flat Holm Island, the Wales Millennium Centre and the Principality Stadium. Take a boat trip from glorious Cardiff Bay, and enjoy its fine eateries.
  6. Penarth is 11 miles distant, making for a Cardiff Airport transfer within 25 minutes. It’s the closest beach to Cardiff, and boasts a Victorian art-deco pier. Make time for the Edwardian Alexandra Gardens, walk the seven-mile Circular Bay route, and visit the medieval village at Comeston Lakes Country Park.
Great attractions local to Cardiff Airport
  1. Cardiff Castle: At just 15-odd miles or a 30 minute hop by airport transfer, this historic site features a 12-sided keep, plus the remains of a Roman wall and tunnel. Immerse yourself in its heritage, stretching back more than two millennia.
  2. Rhondda Heritage Park – Welsh Mining Experience: This is 20 miles north, meaning a Cardiff Airport transfer within 40 minutes. Learn all about Wales’s mining history, and venture into recreated coal seams.
  3. The Welsh Hawking Centre: This is within three miles of the airport, and quickly reached. Based near Barry, the centre houses many different birds of prey. Among the dozens of species present are owls, eagles, hawks, buzzards and falcons.
  4. Dryffyryn Gardens: Less than seven miles away, or a 15-minute Cardiff Airport transfer, this collection of fabulous Edwardian botanical gardens on the outskirts of town encompasses 55 acres. Highlights include the glasshouse, arboretum and Mediterranean garden.
  5. St Fagans National Museum of History is nine miles or a 20-minute hop distant. It’s a hugely popular heritage attraction, and explores Welsh history through daily lives. It’s an open-air museum, based in the grounds of St Fagan’s Castle and gardens.
  6. Cardiff International White Water: Based 11 miles away, meaning a 25-minute airport transfer, this white-water rafting course at Cardiff Bay offers many adrenaline-fuelled thrills. Try surfing on the indoor wave machine, or have a go at kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding.
Further details on Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport works with disability groups to offer good support to those who may need special assistance. It has accessible toilets and adult changing facilities, induction loops for the hard of hearing and you can take your own assistance animal or mobility equipment.

Other help available includes familiarisation tours allowing you to visit the airport before you fly, plus a lanyard scheme for passengers with hidden disabilities such as autism. As ever, it makes sense to discuss the help you need with your airline before travelling.

Cardiff Airport
Vale of Glamorgan
CF62 3BD

Tel: (01446) 711111