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How to get from Bristol Airport to Cardiff

Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and its proud capital. Known for its impressive castle, rich history and plentiful shopping, Cardiff is the perfect place to explore the amazing country of Wales from.

There are three different transfer options to get from Bristol Airport to Cardiff; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Bristol airport taxi is the quickest option, as it takes just 60 minutes to reach Cardiff and costs around €130 (£110 GBP). Another fairly quick option is to take the train. However, there are no direct trains from Bristol Airport to Cardiff, so you will need to take a bus into Bristol city centre first. The total journey time for the train is around 1 hour and 30 minutes and it costs €31 (£26.10 GBP). The cheapest option is to take one of the public buses that run from Bristol airport to Cardiff. They take around 2 hours and 30 minutes but cost just €18 (£15 GBP).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €130 60min 24/7
Bus €36 150min 00:45–23:45
Train €62 90min 05:20–22:58

How to get from Bristol Airport to Cardiff by taxi

Taking a taxi is the only direct way to get from Bristol airport to Cardiff. The journey time is almost half that of the two public transfer options and a Bristol airport taxi costs around €130 (£110 GBP) for up to 4 passengers.

Cost of a taxi from Bristol airport to Cardiff

Unfortunately, there’s no official cost for the journey from Bristol Airport to Cardiff by taxi. The local drivers will decide on your fare based on the number of passengers, vehicle type, time of day and journey time. However, the average cost for this journey is €130 (£110 GBP).

Cost

€130 (£110 GBP)

Trip Duration

60 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Bristol airport.

Where do I get it from?

The taxi rank can easily be found just outside of the arrivals hall exit doors at Bristol airport. Take the exit next to the special assistance desk.

Convenience

As taking a taxi or private car is the only way to get to Cardiff directly, it’s the quickest and most convenient option. You will cut your journey time in half and won’t have to worry about dragging your luggage through public bus or train stations.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi from Bristol Airport to Cardiff is a little expensive, if you book your transfer in advance with a private company like Welcome Pickups, you can secure a better price.

Useful Tips

You can fit up to 4 passengers in a standard Bristol Airport taxi.
If you travel at night or during the morning rush-hour, the price may increase.
All passengers are required to wear their seatbelt at all times while in the taxi by law.

How to get from Bristol Airport to Cardiff by bus

There are three different bus companies that run from Bristol airport to Cardiff center; National Express, Megabus and Falcon. The National Express bus is the most frequent, but they all take around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Cardiff, with one change in the center of Bristol.

How much is the bus from Bristol Airport to Cardiff?

The cost of the bus from Bristol airport to Cardiff differs depending on the company you travel with, the time of day and if you book in advance or not. The average cost for the National Express bus is €18 (£15 GBP), the Megabus is €6 (£5.14 GBP) and the Falcon is €10.50 (£8.62 GBP). Generally speaking, if you book online in advance the cost is lower.

Cost

€18 (£15 GBP)

Trip Duration

2 Hr 30 Min.

*There's an average waiting time of 2 hours for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The buses run from 00:45 to 23:45 daily.

Where do I get it from?

All buses leave from the Coach Park at Bristol airport. You can find the Coach Park by following the signs for the Multi-storey Car Park, as the buses stop adjacent to it.

Convenience

Although taking the bus is the most cost-effective transfer option, it’s not the most convenient. You will need to make a change in Bristol Bus & Coach Station, which adds time to your journey, and you will need to wait in the cold for up to 2 hours before your bus arrives.

Editor’s Note

Taking the bus is the slowest transfer option and you will still need to make a change in Bristol center. To still save money but have a faster journey time, I suggest taking the train instead.

Useful Tips

You can secure a ticket as cheap as €6 (£5 GBP) if you book in advance.
Children under the age of 4 travel for free on the bus.
There's a luggage allowance of 20kg.

How to get from Bristol Airport to Cardiff by train

Unfortunately, there are no trains from Bristol airport to Cardiff. You will first need to take the Airport Flyer bus to Bristol Temple Meads train station and then take the train from there to Cardiff. The total journey time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes and it costs €31 (£26.10 GBP) on average.

How much are the trains from Bristol airport to Cardiff?

A one-way ticket for the Airport Flyer bus to Bristol Temple Meads costs €10 (£8 GBP). Then, the ticket from Bristol train station to Cardiff costs around €22 (£18.10 GBP). That’s a total cost of approximately €31 (£26.10 GBP). If you purchase your tickets in advance online, you can save.

Cost

€31 (£26.10 GBP)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 30 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Airport Flyer bus runs 24/7 and the train runs from 05:20 to 22:58.

Where do I get it from?

There’s no train station at Bristol airport, so you will need to take the Airport Flyer bus to Bristol Temple Meads train station first. You can find the bus at the Coach Park at Bristol airport.

Convenience

As there’s no direct train from Bristol airport to Cardiff, it’s definitely not the most convenient transfer option. Not only will you have to navigate your way through bus and train stations, but you will also have to keep an eye on your personal belongings and carry them with you throughout the entire journey.

Editor’s Note

Although taking the train is a cheap transfer option for solo travellers, If you're travelling in a group, I suggest splitting the cost of a taxi and enjoying the convenience of a private transfer.

Useful Tips

Book your train ticket in advance to save money.
The cost of train tickets increase during rush-hour in the morning and evening.
There's free Wifi on the bus and train.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get from Bristol airport to Cardiff?

There are three different ways to get from Bristol airport to Cardiff; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Bristol airport taxi is the quickest option as it takes 60 minutes to reach Cardiff and costs €130 (£110 GBP). Another fast transfer option is to take the train as it takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Cardiff and costs €31 (£26.10 GBP). However, there are no trains from Bristol Airport to Cardiff, so you will need to take the Airport Flyer bus to Bristol Temple Meads first. The cheapest option is to take one of the buses from Bristol Airport to Cardiff. They take 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the journey, but cost just €18 (£15 GBP) one-way.

How much is a taxi from Bristol airport to Cardiff?

There’s no set rate for a taxi from Bristol airport to Cardiff. The final fare will depend on factors such as, the time of day, the number of passengers, the vehicle type and the transfer time. However, the average cost is around €130 (£110 GBP). Having said that, booking in advance with a company such as Welcome Pickups can secure you a set-rate fare at a very competitive price.

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