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How to get from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central Station

Cardiff Central Railway Station is the main train station in the centre of Cardiff. This train station is the busiest in Wales and offers connections to South Wales, North Wales, West Wales and most major British cities too. 

There are three different ways to get from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff train station; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Cardiff airport taxi is the quickest option as it takes just 25 minutes and costs around £43 (€45). On the other hand, taking the 304 bus is the cheapest option as it costs £3.40 (€4) per passenger, but does take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the train station. Your final option is the train, which costs around £6 (€7.50) and takes 1 hour to reach Central Station, but it doesn’t leave from the airport, so you will need to take a bus first. 

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €45 25min 24/7
Bus €8 90min 07:19–23:39
Train €15 60min 06:12–23:07

How to get from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central Station

Taking a taxi from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Train Station is the quickest and easiest way to travel. The journey time in a Cardiff airport taxi is just 25 minutes and the cost is around £43 (€45) for up to 4 passengers.

Cost of a taxi from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central

The local taxi drivers don’t give set-rate fares for the journey from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central Station. Instead, you will be charged based on the time it takes to reach the station and the vehicle type. The average cost for this journey is £43 (€45), but this is subject to change.

If you’d prefer a set-rate fare you can rely on, we recommend booking your Cardiff airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

£43 (€45)

Trip Duration

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance

Convenience
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Taxis are available 24/7 at Cardiff Airport.

Where do I find a taxi at Cardiff Airport?

Taxis are readily available outside of the Passenger Terminal at Cardiff airport. Simply exit baggage claim and you will see the signs for ‘Ground Transportation and Taxis’.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the only way to get directly from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central. Instead of worrying about storing your luggage, waiting hours for public transport or having to navigate the local public transport system, you can make your way to the Cardiff Central station in a private vehicle, in just 25 minutes.

Editor’s Note

Some Cardiff taxi drivers accept card payments. However, we recommend asking your driver before entering the car to ensure they can accept this payment method to avoid disappointment.

Useful Tips

Ensure your driver resets the taximeter before getting in the car, or ask if you can negotiate a set-rate fare.
Luggage can be transported for free.
A standard Cardiff Airport taxi can take up to 4 passengers.

How to get from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central Station by bus

Taking the 304 bus from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Train Station is a great option if you’re on a budget, but it’s the slowest way to travel. Plus, the 304 bus won’t drop you off directly at Cardiff Central Station, you will need to walk around 5 minutes from Callaghan Square to the train station. The total journey time is around 1 hour 30 minutes, but the cost is just £3.40 (€4) one-way.

How much is the bus from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Train Station?

You can purchase your tickets from the bus driver in exact change or by card. A one-way ticket from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central Station is £3.40 (€4) for adults and £2.30 (€2.70) for children.

Cost

£3.40 (€4)

Trip Duration

*There's a waiting time of up to 1 hour for the 304 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The 304 bus runs from 07:19 to 23:39.

Where do I find the bus at Cardiff Airport?

You can find the bus stops located just outside of the Passenger Terminal. Once you exit baggage claim, follow the signs for ‘Ground Transportation’ and then look for the stop with 304 written on the sign. 

Convenience

Although taking the 304 bus from Cardiff airport to Cardiff Central is the slowest transfer option, it’s not the least convenient. Unlike taking the train, you won’t have to make any transfers. However, once you’re in the city centre, you will need to walk with your luggage for around 5 minutes to the station, which adds time and effort to your journey – especially if travelling heavy.

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Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a cheap transfer from Cardiff airport to Cardiff Central, taking the bus is a good option as you won't need to make any changes.

Useful Tips

Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the bus leaves to secure a seat.
There's very little storage space on the bus, be sure to bring a small carry on only.
There's a 5-minute walk from the bus stop to Cardiff Central Station.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Cardiff. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

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€40.0
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€48.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

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How to get from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central Station by train

Unfortunately, there’s no direct train from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Train Station. You will first need to take the 905 Rail Link bus from the airport to Rhoose Cardiff International Train Station and then take the train from there to Cardiff Central. The total journey time is around 1 hour and the cost is approximately £6 (€7.50) per traveller.

How much is the train from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Train Station?

The cost of the 905 bus from Cardiff airport to Rhoose Cardiff International Train Station is £1 (€1.50) and the cost of a ticket for the train from there to Cardiff Central Station is around £5 (€6). That makes a total journey cost of £6 (€7.50). However, the cost of the train ticket may change depending on how far in advance you book it.

Cost

£6 (€7.50)

Trip Duration

*There's a waiting time of up to 1 hour for both the train and the 905 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The 905 bus runs from 06:23 to 23:23 and the train from 06:12 to 23:07.

Where do I get the train from?

There’s no train station at Cardiff Airport. You will first need to take the 905 Rail Link bus from the airport to Rhoose Cardiff International Train Station and then take the train from there into Cardiff Central Station.

Convenience

As there’s no direct train from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Train Station, this transfer option is slow and quite inconvenient. You will need to change from a bus to a train, carrying your luggage through the station to complete your journey. Plus, if your bus and train times don’t line up, you could have a long wait at the train station before continuing your journey.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling solo or with little luggage, taking the train could be a good budget option for you. However, if you're transporting large luggage items, you may wish to take a much more convenient taxi instead.

Useful Tips

You can save up to 61% on your train ticket if you book in advance.
There's no train station at Cardiff Airport, you will have to take the train from Rhoose Cardiff International Train Station.
There's limited luggage storage on the bus and train, so be sure to travel light.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a bus from Cardiff airport to Cardiff Central train station?

There isn’t a bus that runs from Cardiff Airport to the Cardiff Central Station, but the 304 bus has a stop at Callaghan Square, which is a 5-minute walk to the train station. The total travel time is 1 hour 30 minutes and the cost is £3.40 (€4).

Is there a direct train from Cardiff airport to Cardiff Central?

No, unfortunately, there’s no train that runs from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Central. You will first have to take the 905 rail link to Rhoose Cardiff International Train Station and then take a train from there to Cardiff Train Station. The total journey time is around 1 hour (excluding waiting times) and the cost is £6 (€7.50).

How far is Cardiff airport from Cardiff train station?

The distance from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff Train Station is 26 km. Taking a Cardiff Airport taxi will take around 25 minutes, the 304 bus will take 1 hour and 30 minutes and the train will take around 1 hour to reach Cardiff Central Station.

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