Car Hire at Cardiff Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
When in Cardiff, the capital and port city of Wales, some of the destinations and attractions to drive to include Cardiff Bay, Millennium Stadium, Wales Millennium Centre, National Museum Cardiff, and more. To get to these stops, enter via Cardiff Airport and get a car rental via the reliable car rental providers that operate from within and around the airport.
Where to hire a car at Cardiff Airport
Cardiff Airport offers car rental services through three major car rental providers such as Enterprise, Europcar, and Hertz. Enterprise operates from 8:00AM to 8:45PM on Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 2:00PM on Saturdays, and 1:30PM to 8:30PM on Sundays; Europcar operates from 8:00AM to 10:00PM on Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturdays, and 1:00PM to9:30PM on Sundays; and Hertz operates from 8:00AM to 10:00PM from Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 12:00PM on Saturdays, and 4:00PM to 8:00PM on Sundays. The car rental desks are found within the terminal building of the airport.
What to expect when hiring a car from Cardiff Airport
Cardiff Airport serves Cardiff and the rest of South Wales, Mid Wales, and West Wales. It is easy to drive to the surrounding cities from here, and the nearest is Cardiff, with the airport just 12 miles or 19 kilometres west of the city centre. Cardiff Airport is in the village of Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan, 13 miles from junction 33 on the M4. From the airport, other roads that you will get to in order to reach the city proper of Cardiff are the A4232, A4050, and A4226.
Driving around Cardiff Airport
The main road in Wales that passes through Cardiff is the M4, which connects the city to Swansea to the west and Newport and London to the east. Within Cardiff are three junctions of the M4, along with A48(M) that is connected to the M4. Other major roads that serve the city are A470, which works as an vital connection to the north with the Heads of the Valleys road, mid and north Wales; and A4232, also referred to as the Peripheral Distributor Road or PDR, which will serve as one of the roads that is part of the Cardiff ring-road system, together with M4, located in between Junctions 30 and 33.
Getting to your destination
Destinations in Wales to get to from Cardiff Airport include Newport, Barry, and Wrexham. When driving to these destinations, please be advised that the driving instructions provided below have been simplified to work as quick driving references.
Located in Wales, the city and county of Newport is known for Tredegar House, Newport Museum, Newport Civic Centre, Riverfront Arts Centre, to name a few.
Drive to Newport from Cardiff Airport by going down M4 in Cardiff via A4226, Port Rd, and A4232. Go via M4 to Glasllwch Cres/B4591 in Newport, and take exit 27 from M4. Lastly, drive down B4591 then take B4240 to reach Stow Hill, and reach your destination after a total of 42 minutes or 27.9 miles from point of origin.
Barry, a town, community, and seaside resort, is located in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales and is home to Barry Island. Barry Island is home to a good number of shops and attractions that include Caesar’s Palace and Marco’s Cafe, among others.
Get to Barry after a total drive of 4.3 miles for 12 minutes. Get on A4226 then on Pontypridd Rd/B4266 to reach Porthkerry Rd in Barry. Lastly, reach Barry by driving down Porthkerry Rd. Drive to Island Rd.
A town located towards the north of Wales, Wrexham houses destinations like Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Bellevue Park, Alyn Waters, Chirk Castle, and more.
To reach Wrexham from Cardiff Airport, it will take a total of three hours and 19 minutes covering approximately 153 miles. Start by driving down A4232 in Cardiff from A4226 and Port Rd. Next, follow down M4, A449, A40, A4137, then take the 1st exit onto Ross Rd, 1st exit onto Edgar St and Newtown Rd, 2nd exit down Holmer Rd, stay on A49, then take the 3rd exit down Ludlow Rd, Shrewsbury Rd 2nd exit to get to Wrexham Rd/A5152 in Rhostyllen, then take exit 3 from A483. Lastly, drive down the B5605 exit tor each Rhosllanerchrugog and A5152 to St Giles Way in Wrexham.