The Cardiff Airport (CWL) is the key airport serving both Wales, and its capital city of Cardiff. Originally a small airfield, this airport came to life in 1942, and has been flying routes for residents and visitors to Wales ever since. And with roughly 40-50 direct flights to destinations all across Europe, and many more connecting routes available, this is a comprehensive hub to fly in and out of.
The airport is well-managed and has a good variety of facilities. Passengers will be able to log onto the free WiFi for 30 minutes before there is a charge, and there are stationary internet booths for those travellers without a mobile device. If you’re hoping to send a postcard, you’re also in luck as there’s a post office too.
There are two ATMs located on either side of security, and you will find bureau de change kiosks if you need to change over any cash. In terms of shopping, there isn’t a vast array of options, but you will find a great duty-free outlet selling alcohol, cosmetics, tobacco, fragrances, and other goods, as well as a newsagency where you will be able to pick up reading materials. There is also a small shop selling accessories, clothing, and other items.
For dining, there are two cafes and two bars, enabling you to find something to eat and drink so you can feel refreshed pre or post-flight. Other amenities include an executive lounge, an arcade game zone for kids, mobile phone charging, a small science exhibit, and an information desk.
Flying to Cardiff will require a couple of layovers, usually in Middle Eastern, Asian, and European hubs. However, there are plenty of connecting and codeshare routes available, and these are offered by FlyBe, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, KLM, Swiss Air, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and many more.
· There are several car hire companies at Cardiff Airport, and you can approach these after you land or secure a deal with them online with our car hire search tool. The drive is 20km and should take about 30 minutes of drive time. Hop on the A4226, then take Port Road and the A4232 to the A4161 and you’ll find yourself cruising into town.
· There is a frequent bus service that runs every 20 minutes, and takes only half an hour to get into town. The fares are 5GBP ($9) per person. If you’re after something a bit cheaper, or just don’t fancy waiting, you can book a private transfer online. This may be much more convenient if you are travelling with small children or in a group.
· You can also take a train, but please be aware that you will have to take a shuttle bus to Rhoose Station first, and then get onto the train. In total the journey should take about 40 minutes and cost 5-6GBP ($9-10).
· There is one major company serving the airport, and this is Checker Cars, though you will be able to find them right outside the arrivals area. Expect the fare into Cardiff central to cost 30GBP ($52).
Please note that information is correct as of April 2017