Taxi to Airport

How We Differ from Airport Taxis

We sometimes get asked how we differ from airport taxis. Although it’s ‘only’ pick up or drop off to and from the airport, there are some aspects to consider. We give you the low down on how we differ from airport taxis. 

Whether you are travelling for business, a quick get away with the family or for pleasure on your own, it is important to have safety in mind. Executive Swift Travel offers you 4 key points to consider when choosing the right airport transfer, which we shall come to in a moment. 

Airport Taxi v Professional Airport Transfer

But first, we look at some differences between the two. When you book a professional airport transfer service such as Executive Swift Travel, you are guaranteed (not including circumstances out of human control, such as ash cloud) to get you to your destination on time. 

Most recently a client we picked up explained how she had booked an airport taxi in advance to find that they sent a text to state they were running late. As there were two pick ups for this one client, both her colleague and she were concerned they would’t get from Cardiff Airport to Heathrow on time. This was causing undue stress and when the driver did arrive, he drove outside the driving limits set causing further distress to our now clients. 

Since then she vowed to use a professional, bookable service and we have had the pleasure of being the businesses preferred choice for airport travel.

Being safe for anyone is paramount. No driver should make any passenger feel unnecessary stress.

Picking up luggage and placing it in the boot of the car can be charged as extra by taxi drivers. With a professional service, you will find that they will do all the extras for you. In our cars, we include refreshments, in-car chargers and more to help make your journey comfortable.

We have a set price and don’t charge on the meter. So if there is a need to divert due to road blocks this is all included in the initial price. Checking our online tracker means that we rarely get into situations where we need to divert. Our drivers are on the ball when it comes to transporting you to the airport to catch your flight. 

Whether you arrive at the airport knowing your way around or, your new to the country, there is no looking for your driver and wondering whether he/she has turned up. Your Executive Swift Travel driver will be waiting to meet and greet you with a personalised placard. 

4 Key Points Choosing Airport Transfer

There are 4 key points to choosing the right airport transfer company:

  • Safety – fully licensed and insured 
  • Knowledge of roads – in case there are issues ahead, such as accidents
  • Professional and friendly drivers – provide a fantastic and comfortable customer service
  • Reliable – they will turn up and take you to your destination

Choosing the right and best airport transfer service is important. We boast of our 5 star independent reviews. To book your airport transfer service to or from Cardiff, contact us today!

5 Reasons To Use Airport Transfer Services

5 Reasons To Use Airport Transfer

Airport transfer service is a great and convenient way to travel to and from the airport, and we give you 5 reasons to use airport transfer services. 


Being safe is the flagship of our service to all our clients. Drivers are fully licensed and trained in driving. This is especially important with the fours seasons in one day that we sometimes observe here in the UK. Knowledge of roads and our staff at base keep an eye out on any changes in road structure to inform the driver to take another route. If you’re traveling with children, we will provide car seats for safety and to adhere to health and safety regulations.

Whatever country you may be traveling from, we always encourage travellers to book their ongoing journey in advance with a reputable service.


Whether you’re being picked up or dropped off, the convenience of using an airport shuttle service that is close to the kerb – has it’s own kerb appeal! No more tying to find the car park, looking for the pay and display and dragging the cases or having to catch a bus to the airport terminal. We meet and greet our clients with their personalised placard. Our vehicles have refreshments and in-car chargers and Wi-Fi. 

Time Bound

Tight schedules are what we are used to, particularly when there are meetings and other corporate events. We at Executive Swift Travel continually review the times of flights and are on the look out for any last-minute changes. We use the flight tracking app, so no more waiting around, because we will be there waiting for you. You arrive on time to the airport, or your destination with our knowledgeable road drivers.


Did you know it can be cost effective to hire our airport transfer service when there are a number of passengers? We have the opportunity to drive teams of people to the airport or pick up a couple of executives to take to their corporate meetings. Families find it cost effective than hiring a taxi to their local airport. No hidden costs. You don’t pay toll, parking or any other fees. We are VAT registered, and supply invoices or  we can take card payments – whatever works for you or your business.  

Well Being

Usually the feeling of going or arriving somewhere is an experience we generally do like as travellers. However, there are times when travelling can be due to other circumstances. These can include travelling for bereavement or, because the business deal didn’t quite go as anticipated. Whatever the reason, our drivers at Executive Swift Travel are completely confidential and will provide you with the solace needed. Or of course, can help keep your mind occupied whilst taking you to your destination.  Whatever your mood, it’s a great reason to choose a service where you can just be yourself. 

There are more than just these 5 reasons to use airport transfer services, but we do hope this is helpful. Contact us today to reserve your Executive Swift Travel Service.

Wales' leading airport transfer service

Wales’ Leading Airport Transfer Service

We are on a mission to be Wales’ leading airport transfer service for corporates and visitors to Wales. Already providing a safe and professional service and we pride in continuous improvement.  Home to a number of International venues and close enough to nature, Wales has a lot to offer. 

Corporate Airport Transfer Services

With over 20 years experience in the industry means we know how to go the extra mile. Trusted by large corporates and small businesses is testament to the service we provide. Double checking itineraries, ensuring clients have enough time to get to their destination whether at Wales’ airport or, one across the Prince of Wales bridge, is second nature to us. 

Safety and professionalism with confidentiality is paramount in what we do. Our corporate business clients run their meetings whilst being driven by our knowledgable and trusted drivers. We provide accessories to ensure your drive is comfortable.

We meet and greet 24/7 for airport pick ups and airport drop-offs.

Executive Chauffeur Services

Even executives need time off from work and may wish to spend their downtime going out and about. Sightseeing around Wales is a popular way to wind down when cooped up in an office working all day. It’s even better when you have family with you visiting Wales.

Whether it’s for corporate reasons or you are visiting Wales in a group – it can be cost effective to book Executive Swift Travel to take you on a journey around Wales and beyond. 

Head to the west of Wales to the colourful seaside villages and blue/green waters that edge along the coastline of places such as Barafundle Bay.   Or, escape to the mountains of North Wales which offers some stunning views from Snowdonia National Park, a picturesque treasure. Let us not forget the Capital City of Cardiff with a cosmopolitan cultural vibe and offers many amenities and the hustle and bustle one may be looking for. 

If you’re getting ready to come to Wales, and need to arrange an airport transfer service or, sightseeing tour, our drivers will provide you with a service that will keep you coming back to us.

Contact Executive Swift Travel Wales’ leading airport transfer service.

Luxury Taxi from Cardiff to Luton Airport

Luxury Taxi from Cardiff to Luton Airport

Luxury Taxi from Cardiff to Luton Airport

Luxury Taxi from Cardiff to Luton Airport

Luton Airport, also known as, Luton International Airport is one of the six international airports that serve the greater London area in the United Kingdom and is the fifth busiest airport in the country. Luton Airport is an EasyJet hub and taking a luxury taxi from cardiff to luton airport is by far the best way to travel to the airport.

The busiest routes from Luton Airport are Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Warsaw-Chopin, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Barcelona, Katowice, Dublin, Vilnius and Belfast-International. 

Luton Airport Terminals

Luton Airport has one terminal which sees over 15 million passengers fly to multiple destinations each year (Covid-19 excepted). The check-in area and arrivals are located at level 1.

Coach from Cardiff to Luton Airport

When taking a coach from Cardiff, the main coach station, you can depart from is Sophia Gardens. When you arrive in Luton, your coach will call at coach stations including Luton, London Luton Airport, Luton Bus Station and Luton Station Interchange (Stand LS13).

On a National Express coach, you can expect to travel 121 miles (195 km) from Cardiff to Luton.

National Express has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by coach between Cardiff and Luton:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation/seat allocation
  • Verification of ticket with valid ID
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy

Train from Cardiff to Luton Airport

On average, a train ticket from Cardiff to Luton will cost you £65.92.

You can take a train from Cardiff to London Luton Airport (LTN) via London Paddington, Paddington, King’s Cross St. Pancras Station, London St Pancras International, Luton, and Luton Station Interchange in around 3h 15m.

Great Western Railway:

  • Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington (duration: 1h 53m)
  • Then take aconnecting train from: Thameslink:
    • To Luton (duration: 36 min), frequency every 15 minutes

East Midlands Railway:

  • To Luton (duration: 21 min), which runs hourly

Driving from Cardiff to Luton Airport

The distance between Cardiff and London Luton Airport (LTN) is 124 miles and the road distance is 166.2 miles
The journey is quite straight forward from the centre of Cardiff:

  • Take North Rd/A470 and Eastern Ave/A48 to A48(M)
  • Drive along the M4 and take the M25 northbound. Take exit 10 on M25 for the M1
  • Continue on New Airport Way/A1081 to your destination in Luton

When you get to Luton Airport you will need to use the one of the parking options available.

Official Luton Airport Parking Options

London Luton Airport has four parking options, details of these parking options can be found here: Luton Parking

Covid 19 – Reduced parking facilities – The Mid Stay and Long Stay car parks are temporarily closed to new entrants. Please use Terminal Car Park 1 or Terminal Car Park 2.

Luton Airport Hotel Parking

Luton Airport has 18 hotel & parking options available. To check out the hotels with parking click the link:  https://www.luton-airport-parking.com/hotel and parking

Private Transfer from Cardiff to Luton Airport

A luxury transfer from Cardiff to London Luton Airport take approximately 2h 47m to drive from Cardiff to London Luton Airport (LTN).

There are numerous benefits of taking a private transfer compared to coach, train or driving and parking yourselves.

These include:

  • Price – especially for larger groups
  • Comfortable luxury vehicles
  • Health – no mixing with others outside of your group during travel
  • Speed – nothing compares to our door-to-door service with no parking needed
  • Expertise – we have 20 years’ experience in airport transfers so can get you to your destination with ease

Contact us for a quotation, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Private Transfer from Cardiff to Gatwick

Private Transfer from Cardiff to London Gatwick

Private Transfer from Cardiff to Gatwick

Private Transfer from Cardiff to Gatwick

One of the few downsides of living in or near to the great city of Cardiff is the lack of a major international airports with good connections to Europe and the rest of the world. London Gatwick is a fair way from south Wales so you have to decide whether to travel by bus, rail, your own car or a Private Transfer from Cardiff to Gatwick

Gatwick Airport (which is also known as London Gatwick) is situated near Crawley, West Sussex, England, 30 miles south of Central London.

It is the second-busiest airport by total passenger traffic in the UK, after Heathrow Airport and offers a large selection of national, low cost and charter flights all over the world.

Gatwick Airport Terminals

London Gatwick airport has two terminals, the North Terminal and the South Terminal and operates as a single-runway airport.

The Gatwick South Terminal normally deals with most of the airport’s traffic and is the original terminal at the airport. One of the most popular airlines British Airways fly’s from the South Terminal. It’s connected to the North Terminal by a shuttle system but this is only accessible before security. Check in desks are located on level 2 at Gatwick’s South Terminal.

The North Terminal is home to the world’s largest passenger air bridge which connected the main part of the terminal to a new pier. The North Terminal now houses all easyJet flights as part of ongoing work to improve the services at Gatwick. Check-in is located on level 2 of Gatwick’s North Terminal. During the Covid-19 pandemic all flights are operating from the North Terminal.

Coach from Cardiff to Gatwick Airport

National Express coaches travel from Sophia Gardens bus station in Cardiff to Gatwick Airport 3 times a day, from £9 one-way in non Covid-19 times. Sophia Gardens Coach Station is a 20-minute walk from Cardiff Central Rail Station passing by many shops, restaurants and Cardiff Castle. You can also reach the bus station by bus or by taxi. There is a dedicated taxi rank if you are arriving at the bus station.

It is currently running a reduced network however, National Express plans to add routes as Covid-19 becomes under control and more demand from passengers.

The fastest coach journey from Cardiff to London Gatwick Airport is 5h 15m but the journey can take longer due to traffic.

Cardiff to Gatwick route stops include Newport, Chepstow, Bristol Coach Station, Heathrow Airport London (Terminals 2, 3) and Gatwick Airport London (North and South Terminals).

Train from Cardiff to Gatwick Airport

The average journey time between Cardiff Central and Gatwick Airport is 4 hours 30 minutes. On an standard (non Covid-19) weekday, there are 48 trains travelling from Cardiff Central to Gatwick Airport. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

It is not possible to travel from Cardiff Central to Gatwick Airport without having to change trains. The fastest route from Cardiff Central to Gatwick Airport is via Reading and takes around 3 hours. The waiting time at Reading is normally around 15 minutes. This fast route uses Great Western Railway

The cost of travelling from Cardiff to London Gatwick can vary enormously. Prices start at £85 for a pre-booked return ticket and it usually more expensive when purchased closer to the day of travel. Prices can also change depending the time of day, route and class you book.

The railway station is located at the South Terminal, just a short walk from both departures and arrivals. The station is accessible from the North Terminal by a free shuttle.

Driving from Cardiff to Gatwick Airport

The fastest driving time from Cardiff Central to Gatwick Airport in Horley, Sussex is 3 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 162 miles. However, expect the journey to take longer due to the roadworks on motorway, bad weather and accidents.

The journey is quite straightforward from the centre of Cardiff:

  • Follow North Rd/A470 and Eastern Ave/A48 to A48(M) – 13 min (7.0 mi)
  • Take M4 and M25 to Reigate Hill/A217 in Surrey. Take exit 8 from M25 – 2 hr 29 min (147 mi)
  • Follow A217 to London Rd/A23 in Horley – 18 min (8.7 mi)

Unless you are truly fortunate and have a friend or family member to give you a lift then you will need to use airport parking at Gatwick Airport. There are several options:

Official Gatwick Airport Parking Options

  • Short stay parking – Park minutes away from the terminal
  • Long stay parking – A budget-friendly parking option
  • Premium parking close to the terminal
  • Valet parking where you can hop straight in the car on your return

Details on these London Gatwick parking options can be found here: https://www.gatwickairport.com/parking/

London Gatwick’s Approved Off-Airport Parking Scheme

The list approved operators are:

  • Cophall Parking
  • Help Me Park
  • I Love Meet & Greet
  • Maple Manor
  • Purple Parking
  • Ace Meet & Greet
  • Tudor Rose

There are also a number non-approved parking operators that we do not recommend using.

London Gatwick Hotel Parking

London Gatwick Hotel Parking

It is sometimes cheaper to book a hotel with parking than it is to book car parking on its own.

The hotels with parking located at the airport are:

  • Bloc hotel – A cutting edge hotel with a runway view
  • Hampton by Hilton – A welcoming hotel, just minutes from Gatwick’s North Terminal
  • YOTELAIR – The perfect haven for travellers if you are travelling to or from the South Terminal

There are also numerous hotels available near to Gatwick Airport that can be booked using an online platform such as Booking.com

Private Transfer from Cardiff to Gatwick

A luxury airport transfer from Cardiff to Gatwick airport takes just 3 hours and 15 minutes.

There are numerous benefits of taking a private transfer compared to coach, train or driving and parking yourselves. These include:

  • Price – especially for larger groups
  • Comfortable luxury vehicles
  • Health – no mixing with others outside of your group during travel
  • Speed – nothing compares to our door-to-door service with no parking needed
  • Expertise – we have 20 years’ experience in airport transfers so can get you to your destinate with ease

Contact us for a quotation, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Chauffeur Services Cardiff

Chauffeur Services Cardiff

Cardiff Chauffeur Services

Chauffeur Services Cardiff

Executive Swift Travel provides an affordable Chauffeur Services Cardiff and South Wales. A private hire driver is the best alternative to taxis or public transport to achieve productivity and focus while travelling from your point of departure to your destination.

If you require an airport transfer or need to attend an event, Executive Swift Travel will provide you with a safe ride, smooth driving, minimizing stress, peace of mind and deliver you to your destination in style and on time. If there are group of you traveling, hiring of chauffeur in Cardiff will be the best transportation choice.

Whatever questions you have, do not hesitate to contact us, our staff are eager to assist you and offer the best transportation at reasonable prices. Every detail of your reservation will be confirmed before your personal chauffeur service.

In this article we discuss some of the main attributes of our personal chauffeur service in Cardiff and South Wales.

Tolerant Drivers

Our chauffeurs are tolerant to any last minute changes as we know that our travellers are busy people. Our drivers are also available to discuss the best routes, what to expect at the destination and just to pass the time away on a long journey.

Our respected drivers have patience and exceptional customer service skills. Our policy is that the customer is always right, so our chauffeurs are willing to adjust whatever makes you relaxed and comfortable whilst maintaining professionalism.

Professional Drivers Cardiff

Our professional chauffeurs all have the relevant license, training and all have undertaken background checks.

We have excellent client feedback due to the good quality of service and excellent vehicles. These factors will help you make sure that you will have the best chauffeur for your next business travel.

Our drivers will always display great manners and show respect to our customer by opening doors and helping with your luggage. We understand that not everyone always has good days, especially professionals, so our chauffeurs are trained to understand the importance of comfort and convenience at all costs.

Physical Appearance of our Chauffeurs

When you hire a luxury chauffeur, physical appearance is a significant factor in gaining an excellent first impression. Business travellers attend a lot of formal meetings and events and expect the driver to be wearing the appropriate attire. The drivers at Executive Swift Travel will always be suitably dressed for the occasion.

Punctuality of our Chauffeurs

Punctuality also justifies the quality of service that a reliable chauffeur service provides. Meetings with potential clients and company endorsement are the reasons for business travel and it is imperative that you arrive on time.

Our chauffeurs know the importance of keeping to the schedule and arrival time. They will make sure that everything will be done according to plan as they are familiar with the routes and are more than capable of solving traffic-jam issues by locating an alternative route.

Your Safety is Our Priority

Your safety is a vital for our professional drivers and they are knowledgeable and skilled with the right approach to any emergency circumstances.

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When you think of luxury car hire with a chauffeur, you expect an excellent vehicle in terms of cleanliness, engine state and up-to-date features to have a comfortable and safe ride ahead.

You will not have to worry about searching for a vehicle at the last minutes or filling your own car with petrol if you hire a chauffeur.

Hiring an Executive Swift Travel chauffeur to take you to your corporate events will make the right first impression when you arrive.

Our Chauffeurs Respect Privacy

Our professional chauffeurs are well trained to understand why and how important privacy and confidentiality is for our clients.

Non-Business Event Chauffeurs

Apart from business travel, hiring chauffeur services for sightseeing, weddings to prom nights is also possible. You can be rest assured that we will provide the enjoyment and security with a reliable luxury chauffeur hire.

Chauffeur Services Cardiff

There may be a variety of options available when you look for transportation services, but few can match the excellent quality of service provided by a luxury Chauffeur Services Cardiff for a convenient and stress-free journey.

Executive Swift Travel has over 20 years’ experience in transportation and chauffer services for professionals, holiday makers and other events and we would be happy to provide our services to you.

Private Hire Driver Cardiff

Benefits of using a Private Hire Driver Service

Use a Private Hire Driver Service Instead of Local Taxi

Private Hire Driver Cardiff

The 21st century puts so much pressure on our busy schedules as everyone tries to make the most out of their available time. Private Hire Driver Cardiff is a popular and convenient way to use quality cars for professional assignments, personal errands or events.

Executive Swift Travel provides a service when you need it at the most. We offer a fast and easy service that can pick you up and drop you off wherever you need to go.

In fact, corporate travel is a necessity for many companies to remain profitable. Instead of relying on taxis, companies often use private hire driver services to get back and forth to important appointments.

Private Hire Driver Cardiff

Your Private Hire Driver Cardiff is the most important element of our private hire experience. At Executive Swift Travel you will find fully trained highly competent drivers with excellent etiquette. Our drivers have thorough knowledge of the routes and areas that they are serving.

Our drivers have a dress code compliance and will make an excellent first impression to your business partners. They understand the needs of every client and will deal with any arising issues with respect and courtesy.

Unlike many regular taxis, Executive Swift Travel conduct background checks on all our drivers to ensure they are trustworthy and responsible.

Our transportation service includes privacy and confidentiality during your journey and any sensitive business conversations will never leave the confines of the vehicle.

Safe, Secure and Quality Vehicles

Executive Swift Travel offers only the best of high-class cars. This choice demonstrates our dedication to safety, ultimate comfort and highest technical standards. Our cars can hold up to 7 people (6 during the Covid-19 pandemic) to transport you to or from your destination around South Wales and nationally.

Our well-maintained vehicles are inspected daily and the probability of the vehicle having a mechanical problem is minimal. Executive Swift Travel has operational strategies to deal with traffic delays, mechanical problems and other unexpected issues.


When you are in a hurry to an important meeting, taxis can be unreliable to get you there on time. Instead, you can book a private hire driver service to arrive at a specific time to get you to your destination. Once you are finished with your meeting Executive Swift Travel will be right there waiting to pick you up.


When you think about a private hire driver service it may seem to be costly, but the reality is the opposite. The fact is, hiring a private service is slightly more expensive than using a regular taxi, but the service level you get is incomparable. Our private hire driver service is ideal for situations when you need to transfer between several business meetings or attend an event.

Most taxi services run on meters that indicate the expense of travel upon reaching your destination. Executive Swift Travel give you the benefit of knowing the overall costs beforehand, helping you plan your budget and avoid incurring unexpected costs. Executive Swift Travel also offers a monthly invoicing service, this means there isn’t any fuss making a payment on the day and make journeys as smooth as possible.

Personalised Routing

If you wish to visit several places or have specific destinations in mind, when booking give us details of your preferences and we will make up a plan based on your individual wishes.

Punctuality and Timesaving

Our clients know the value of time and if you have a tight schedule Executive Swift Travel will ensure that you arrive on time to a meeting, flight, show, dinner or other event.

If you end up driving your own car in an unknown city it can lead to delays and a shredding of your nerves. Instead, you can dedicate the journey time to preparing for your meeting or by relaxing.

You will not have to worry about parking near your destination as our driver will deliver you to the entrance and wait for you until you are ready to leave.

Local Insight and Support

Our drivers have an excellent knowledge of Cardiff and nearby areas and years of experience in avoiding traffic jams. If you need recommendations in choosing a restaurant or a place to visit, your driver will help as our team are all from the local area.

There are some fabulous places to visit in Cardiff and South Wales and with Executive Swift Travel you will be transported in style not relying on the rail or bus service which is full of uncertainties.

Flexible Customer All Inclusive Service

Executive Swift Travel offer you the best welcome after a long flight. We will meet and greet you at the terminal, offer to help you with your luggage as you look forward to a comfortable journey ahead.

We have flexible options for scheduling and booking. If your flight gets delayed or your business plans change, we will change your transportation service to meet your requirements.

Taxi Cardiff to Birmingham Airport

Travel to Birmingham Airport from Cardiff

Private Transfer Cardiff to Birmingham Airport

Taxi Cardiff to Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is the 3rd largest airport outside of London (after Manchester and Edinburgh) and 7th largest in the UK. Here we discuss why an Executive Taxi Cardiff to Birmingham Airport is probably your best option.

Over 50 airlines fly from Birmingham Airport and in 2019 over12 million passengers used the airport to more than 140 direct routes worldwide.

The most popular routes from Birmingham Airport are:

  • Republic of Ireland, Dublin
  • United Arab Emirates, Dubai
  • Netherlands, Amsterdam
  • France, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
  • Spain, Palma de Mallorca
  • Spain, Málaga
  • Spain, Alicante
  • Spain, Tenerife–South
  • Germany, Frankfurt
  • United Kingdom, Belfast City

With the demise of FlyBe and the lack of direct flights from Cardiff to many European cities, flying from Birmingham may be your best choice if you live in Cardiff or South Wales as it will avoid the hassle of traveling to Heathrow Airport.

About Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport’s current terminal complex is divided into two terminals (1 and 2) and are connected by the Millennium Link which was constructed in 2000.

Terminal 1 check in and arrivals are located on the ground floor with security areas, shops, restaurants bars and gates located on the terminal’s first floor.

Terminal 2 (also known as Eurohub) is served by several European carriers including Air France and KLM. British Airways’ European and domestic operations also operate out of T2. In the terminal check-in and arrival areas are located on the ground floor with security areas and lounges located on the first floor.

Rail Travel to Birmingham Airport from Cardiff

Birmingham Airport is served by Birmingham International Railway Station. Access between the railway station and the airport terminal is free via the AirRail Link.

Fast trains from Cardiff to Birmingham International take around 2 hours and 20 minutes covering approximately 90 miles.

There are around 55 departures from Cardiff to Birmingham International every weekday giving you enough time to change trains without waiting too much.

Unfortunately, there are no direct routes from Cardiff Central to Birmingham International Airport. During weekdays there is normally one change at Birmingham New Street station but during the weekend two changes can be required.

The cost of the cheapest single ticket from Cardiff to Birmingham International Airport is about £30 per person but averages at around £60 per person.

Bus and Coach from Cardiff to Birmingham International Airport

National Express operates the main bus routes calling at Birmingham Airport. The coach departs from Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

The cheapest bus fare is about £20 (one-way) and fastest bus time is 3h 30m from Cardiff to Birmingham International Airport.

Note that, at the moment, the bus timetable from Cardiff to Birmingham International Airport is severely restricted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drive from Cardiff to Birmingham International Airport

It takes about 2 hours to drive the 120 miles from Cardiff to Birmingham International Airport.

You have the choice of taking the M4 / M5 route crossing the Severn Bridge or taking the M50 via Monmouth which takes you on a beautiful picturesque journey. Both routes take about the same amount of time and it is best to check for local travel conditions on the day of travel to decide which route to take.

Parking at Birmingham International Airport.

There are many parking options which are clearly described on this page.

Car Parks 1, 2 or 3 are available for picking up passengers. They are located near the arrivals area and offer short-term parking that is ideal for pick-ups. The low charges at these car parks mean that if your passenger is delayed you will not end up spending a fortune in parking fees waiting for them to arrive.

If you are dropping off passengers at Birmingham Airport you can choose between:

  • Premium Set Down: which is 1-minute walk to the terminal and costs £3 for the first 15 minutes
  • Drop Off: 5 to 10-minute walk to the terminal on a covered wall way and is free for the first 20 minutes

Private Taxi from Cardiff to Birmingham Airport

If you are looking for an option that does not involve:

  • The hassle of changing trains
  • Getting to the National Express coach station in Cardiff
  • Paying expensive parking fares at Birmingham International Airport (especially for longer stays)

Then you should consider a private taxi Cardiff to Birmingham Airport.

As well as being by far the most convenient and hygienic option, it may well turn out being cheaper if there is a larger group travelling as our vehicles can hold up to 7 passengers. Due to Covid-19 the maximum our vehicles can currently hold is 6 people. This is to keep safe social distancing between the group and the driver, keeping everyone safe which is a priority for us.

All our vehicles come with:

  • WiFi
  • Refreshments
  • USB charging points
  • Additional luggage space

Reserve your taxi from Cardiff to Birmingham Airport today.

Birmingham Airport Covid-19

Despite lockdown, Birmingham Airport remains open and is operating safely for those currently able to travel.

Many airlines have suspended flights amid the continued coronavirus travel restrictions. Various measures are in place for passengers, who should be aware that some airlines require face coverings to be worn on flights. All passengers due to travel are advised to check if there are any rules or restrictions at their destination.

Many countries require the passenger to have a negative a test before arriving in the country or have local restrictions in place. Types of test and the timing required to take the test before departure vary by destination. Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England and travel corridors are currently suspended.

Airlines currently operating from Birmingham Airport:

  • Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional are operating weekly to Dublin and Belfast
  • Air France are operating two flights per week to Paris
  • Emirates are operating a weekly flight to Dubai
  • easyJet flies daily to Belfast
  • KLM flies daily to Amsterdam
  • Lufthansa are operating three flights a week to Frankfurt
  • Ryanair are operating two flights per week to Dublin
  • Turkish Airlines are operating a two-weekly service to Istanbul and then onwards to many global destinations
  • Wizz Air are operating a weekly flight to Romanian capital Bucharest

Jet2.Com and Jet2holidays Expand Summer 22 Programme From Birmingham Airport

jet2.com and jet2holidays are expanding the summer 2022 programme from Birmingham Airport, with more destinations, hundreds more flights and thousands of additional seats on sale.

There are eight city break new destinations – Paris, La Rochelle, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Rome, Krakow, Prague and Venice. These destinations are in addition to the recently launched Lisbon.

  • Paris – two weekly services
  • Amsterdam – two weekly services
  • Barcelona – two weekly services
  • Budapest – two weekly services
  • Rome – up to four weekly services
  • Krakow – two weekly services
  • Prague – two weekly services
  • Venice – two weekly services
  • La Rochelle – weekly service

This expansion by jet2.com and Jet2holidays provides a choice of 52 sun and city destinations from Birmingham Airport for Summer 2022 giving customers even more choice and flexibility.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced additional flights, representing thousands of additional seats to a huge choice of destinations (24 destinations in total): Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Malaga, Alicante, Reus, Palma (Majorca), Ibiza, Menorca, Faro, Madeira, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Corfu, Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Kos, Preveza, Rhodes, Paphos, Malta, Dubrovnik and Jersey.

This represents more 400 additional flights in total, giving customers a fantastic choice when it comes to reaching their favourite summer destinations from Cardiff and south Wales.

Package options with Jet2CityBreaks include flights with Jet2.com including 22kg free hold luggage and 10kg of free cabin baggage, transfers to and from the airport, as well as a choice of hotels in the best locations.

A Little Information on La Rochelle

Lined with seafood restaurants, the city is becoming increasingly popular with holidaymakers and boating enthusiasts. With a well-preserved walled old town at the heart of the city, La Rochelle also provides access via bridge to Il de Re, an Atlantic-coast island of dunes and pine forest – a relaxed destination with beautiful villages, long golden beaches and rural cycle paths.

The Coronavirus Pandemic

Jet2 has continued their customer-first strategy throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. This includes Jet2.com and Jet2holidays ranking as the number one and two travel firms for providing refunds, promptly without significant backlogs.

Taxi from Cardiff Central Station

Private Transfer from Cardiff Central Station

Executive Tranport from Cardiff Central Station

Taxi from Cardiff Central Station

If you are travelling on business to Cardiff or South Wales the fastest way to get there from major cities in the UK such as Birmingham, London or Manchester is by rail to Cardiff Central Railway Station. If you travel by road then it is possible to get caught up on the M4 near Newport. After a long jouney the best way to get to your hotel os to take a taxi from Cardiff Central Station.

This article looks at how to travel from Cardiff Central Railway Station to your hotel.

We have broken down the hotel locations into three sections

  • Hotels that are in easy walking distance of Cardiff Central Railway Station. Although the weather, your luggage or uncertainty of the directions may dissuade you from walking
  • Hotels that are within the City of Cardiff but are too far to walk from Cardiff Central Railway Station
  • Hotels where the nearest mainline station is Cardiff Central Railway Station but are outside Cardiff

Public Transport Options from Cardiff Central Railway Station

Changing Trains at Cardiff Central Railway Station

It will be possible to travel to some of the hotels outside of Cardiff city centre by changing trains at Cardiff Central Railway Station.

Examples are:

  • voco St David’s Cardiff in Cardiff Bay on the Cardiff Bay line
  • Rhondda Heritage Park at Trehafod on the Rhondda Valley line

The main issues with changing trains are:

  • The waiting time for the connection
  • The walk from the railway station at the hotel at the finaldestination

Changing onto a bus at Cardiff Central Railway Station

Ever since Cardiff Bus station, which was located at the front of Cardiff Central Railway Station, was closed there have been issues with train and bus connections in Cardiff. If you are a busy individual, we advise you to avoid this method of transport to your hotel in Cardiff or South Wales.

Taxi or Private Transfer from Cardiff Central Railway Station

The taxi rank and private car pickup point is located at the back of Cardiff Central Railway Station.

At peak times, you may have a long waiting time for a regular Cardiff taxi, so it is worth considering a luxury private transfer from Cardiff Central Railway Station to your hotel. This will eliminate the waiting time as your executive vehicle will be waiting outside the station. You may save money if there are a group of you as our private executive vehicles in Cardiff can transport up to 7 people at a time. Due to Covid-19 the maximum our vehicles can currently hold is 6 people. This is to keep safe social distancing between the group and the driver, keeping everyone safe which is a priority for us.

In addition, you can then use the same executive transport to take you from your hotel to all your meetings, functions, and events in and around Cardiff in comfort, style and safety.

All our vehicles come with:

  • WiFi
  • Refreshments
  • USB charging points
  • Additional luggage space

Hotels in Walking Distance of Cardiff Central Railway Station

The following are the 4 and 5-star hotels in Cardiff that we would consider a reasonable walk from Cardiff Central Railway Station:

  • Hotel Indigo – 15 Minuets
  • Hilton Cardiff – 15 Minutes
  • The Royal Hotel – 5 Minuets
  • Park Plaza – 15 Minuets
  • Jurys Inn – 15 Minuets
  • Cardiff Marriott Hotel – 5 Minuets
  • Holiday Inn Cardiff City – 13 Minuets
  • Radisson Blu Hotel – 5 Minuets
  • Clayton Hotel – 5 Minuets
  • The Riverhouse – 10 Minuets
  • Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa – 20 Minuets
  • Novotel Cardiff Centre – 15 Minuets

Cardiff Hotels in not Walking Distance of Cardiff Central Railway Station

The following are the 4-star hotels in Cardiff that we would consider too far to walk from Cardiff Central Railway Station:

  • Future Inn Cardiff Bay 1.3 Miles
  • voco St. David’s 1.3 Miles
  • Mercure Cardiff North Hotel 3.4 Miles
  • The Copthorne Hotel 4.9 Miles
  • Holiday Inn Cardiff North 5.4 Miles

South Wales Valleys Hotels From Cardiff Central Railway Station

The following is not an exhaustive list of 3 and 4-star hotels with 20 miles of Cardiff Central Railway Station but are hotels that we regularly take guests to:

  • Miskin Manor Hotel And Health Club
  • Fox And Hounds Barry
  • Victoria Inn Cowbridge
  • Heritage Park Hotel, Trehafod Rhondda
  • Blueberry Hotel Pontypridd
  • Central Guest House Treforest, Pontypridd
  • New House Country Hotel Caerphilly
South Wales Executive Car Hire

Visit South Wales Most Popular Areas While Staying in Cardiff

South Wales Executive Car Hire To South Wales Tourist Destinations

South Wales Executive Car Hire

South Wales includes the Welsh capital of Cardiff along with some of the UK’s best scenery and is a very popular holiday destination. We will group this article into a series of destinations that you may wish to visit  in style using South Wales Executive Car Hire:

  • Brecon Beacons
  • Dan yr Ogof and the National Showcaves Centre
  • Glamorgan Heritage Coast
  • South Wales Valleys
  • Wye Valley

If you are doing business in Cardiff or South Wales and have a few days to spare then visiting the picturesque valleys and old mining communities, which are have some excellent museums, and shops is a great way to immerse yourself in Welsh culture.

Cardiff to The Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons are about an hour’s drive north of Cardiff and are considered one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

The 519-square-mile Brecon Beacons National Park were founded in 1957 and are famous for wild ponies, native deciduous trees, North American conifers and rough moorland.

Most of the park’s peaks are more than 1,000 feet high while many raise above 2,000 feet so are ideal for hiking.

Carreg Cennen Castle is situated on a great crag almost 300 feet above the River Cennen and offers outstanding views over the Brecon Beacons National Park and surrounding countryside.

Brecon is a bustling market town right at the top edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park. It’s known for the Jazz Festival, military connections and the cathedral.

An option is to take the Brecon Mountain Railway which is a narrow-gauge heritage railway that travels from Merthyr five miles into the Brecon Beacons.

Another Merthyr attraction is Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery located in an impressive industrial age mansion built for William Crawshay II the local iron magnate.

Dan yr Ogof and the National Showcaves Centre

A must-see natural attraction is Dan yr Ogof. Located in the upper part of the Tawe Valley, near Swansea. The journey time is about one hour from Cardiff to Dan yr Ogof Caves.

Dan yr Ogof is full of stalagmites and stalactites, as well as many magnificent passages and chambers. The cave network stretches over 10 miles with some of the most accessible areas floodlit.

Part of a major tourist attraction called the National Showcaves Centre for Wales the site also includes; the Bone Cave, Cathedral Cave and a replica Iron Age village.

Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Extending from Porthcawl to Aberthaw the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is a 14-mile-long stretch of spectacular scenery which is easy to get to from Cardiff.

It has secluded coves, breathtaking views and delightful small villages.

The tidal range here is the second highest in the world after the Bay of Fundy in Canada. This, along with the dramatic cliffs creates stunning seascapes to rival any coastline in Britain.

South Wales Valleys Industrial Heritage

Rhondda Heritage Park

At the Heritage Park, some of the Rhondda Valley’s surviving colliery buildings have been converted into a fascinating heritage center where you can travel down one of the original mine shafts.

The Rhondda Heritage Park is constructed on the site of the Lewis Merthyr Colliery (which closed in 1983) and has a multi-media museum about the history of coal mining in the area. The Black Gold Experience Underground Tours are led by former colliery workers. The Rhondda Valley was once home for 54 mines which have now have all closed.

Above ground, a replica village street shows the lifestyles of residents who depended upon coal for their livelihoods.

Travelling time from Cardiff to The Rhondda Heritage Park is about 30 minutes.

The Big Pit National Coal Museum

Blaenavon is famous for the Blaenavon’s ironworks, also known as “Big Pit” (“Pwll Mawr”), the old blast furnaces and foundries of which are now part of the fascinating Big Pit National Coal Museum. Even the tower of the hydraulic lift used to raise the ore-laden iron wagons has survived.

Things to do at the Big Pit include touring the workshops, winding engines and visiting workers’ residential areas. Entry to the 328-foot-deep shaft as part of the Real Underground Experience gives visitors a first-hand impression of the tough life of a miner.

Travelling time from Cardiff to The Big Pit National Coal Museum is about 45 minutes.

The Wye Valley

Although not solely a Welsh area — it extends northwards from Monmouthshire into neighboring England — the Wye Valley has some of the most striking landscapes in the UK.

Stretching some 45 miles along a lower section of the River Wye, the most scenic parts of the valley are a mix of spectacular limestone gorges and thick forests. It is a popular bird-watching area as you may spot falcons and hawks.

The area also includes Tintern Abbey, a 12th-century abbey located in the quaint village of Tintern.

Another place to visit is the small market town of Hay-on-Wye which is best known as the site of Britain’s top book festival, Hay has 20 or so bookstores. Started in 1988 the 10-day Hay Literary Festival is held in late May, attracts visitors from far and wide along with some of the world’s leading writers.

Travelling time from Cardiff to Wye Valley is about 1 hour 15 minutes

South Wales Executive Car Hire

If you are staying in or around Cardiff the best way to visit these delightful places in South Wales is to use South Wales Executive Car Hire.

We can transport up to 7 people and can arrange to have more than one luxury vehicle if you have a large group.

Your on private executive taxi will come equipped with the following services: 


  • WiFi
  • Refreshments 
  • USB charging points
  • Leather interiors
  • Air conditioning


  • Satellite navigation
  • Range of vehicles up to 7 seats
  • Additional luggage space
  • Extra leg room

Your driver will know exactly where to take you for a totally relaxing trip without having to worry about finding your way or the additional hassle of finding parking when you get to your destination.