Traveling to the UK by air

Flying to Cardiff Airport

Direct flights to Cardiff are available from a number of European cities.

See the destination map for more information.

Take the Cardiff Airport Express Bus (every 20 minutes) from the airport to the Central Bus Station.

Flying to Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport is larger and serves more destinations.

Take the Greyhound Bus service from Bristol Airport to Cardiff Central Bus Station.
Journey time: around 1 hour 40 minutes.

Flying to London Heathrow Airport

Three different options:

  • take the train to Cardiff (change at Paddington Station).
    Journey time: around 2 hours 45 minutes; or
  • take the National Express RailAir bus service to Reading (every 20 minutes), and then the train to Cardiff (every 30 minutes).
    Journey time: around 3 hours; or
  • take the direct National Express bus service to Cardiff Central Bus Station.
    Journey time: around 3 hours 15 minutes

Flying to London Gatwick Airport

Two different options:

  • take the train to Cardiff (change at Reading).
    Journey time: 3 hours 20 minutes; or
  • take the National Express bus service (direct).
    Journey time: around 4 hours 20 minutes.

Travelling to the UK by rail

The Eurostar is ideal for connections from Paris, Lille, Brussels.

See Eurostar connections for more information.

From the London St Pancras Eurostar terminal, take the Circle Line or the Hammersmith & City Line (five stops, approximately 11 minutes) to Paddington Station.

London to Cardiff Central takes two hours.

Return fares to Cardiff

  • from Paris: from around £107
  • from Belgium: from around £116

Special offers

  • Eurostar offer from Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, Calais, Lille & Brussels

Travelling to the UK by sea

If you arrive at a port in the UK, youll be able to travel to Cardiff by rail or bus, or even in your own car.

From Ireland

Ferries from Ireland sail to a number of ports. See Seat61s information on travelling to and from Ireland by ferry and rail, including very inexpensive SailRail tickets.

From France

Numerous options exist. See Direct Ferries for more information.

From Spain

Brittany Ferries run services from Santander and Bilbao sail several times a week, to Portsmouth and Plymouth. The crossing takes between 20 and 24 hours.

We are able to provide a discount code for Brittany Ferries – please ask!

Buying UK rail tickets

Buy a ticket to Cardiff Central or Cathays.

Cardiff Central is about 20 minutes walk from the venue. Cathays is about 5 minutes walk.

Travelling to Cathays requires a change at Cardiff Central (trains run every ten minutes). Ticket prices are the same.

Rail travel in the UK can be very expensive, especially if you dont buy your tickets until you travel. For much cheaper fares:

  • buy your tickets well in advance, because the cheaper tickets are sold first
  • note that travel at off-peak times will be cheaper
  • and that buying two singles can be cheaper than buying a return ticket
  • The East Coast rail ticket sales website is recommended for purchasing tickets.

Travelling by bus

Long distance travel by bus (coach) can be quite civilised, and is often significantly cheaper than travelling by rail.

Some services will also stop right opposite the conference venue.

Some coach services provide free WiFi.

The central bus station is 20 minutes walk from the venue.

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