Book A Taxi To Cardiff Airport
Cardiff Airport is often criticised because of the limited direct routes that it serves but with Qatar and KLM airlines you can get to most destinations in the world with only one change. This article looks at the pro and cons of using public transport, driving yourself or taking a private taxi transfer to Cardiff Airport.
How To Drive To Cardiff Airport
Most people will use the M4 to get to Cardiff Airport but if you live in South Cardiff such as Cardiff Bay, it may be more convenient to take the route via Barry.
The airport is close to the village of Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan which is to the west of Cardiff.
Below are some distances to Cardiff Airport from mayor towns and cities in Wales and West England:
- Abergavenny 46 Miles
- Bristol 56 Miles
- Cardiff 16 Miles
- Chepstow 45 Miles
- Cwmbran 31 Miles
- Newport 27 Miles
- Port Talbot 33 Miles
- Swansea 42 Miles
How To Drive To Cardiff Airport Road Using The M4
Exit junction 33 on the M4 and follow the signs to Cardiff Airport along the A4232, A4050 and A4226.
Access to the drop off/pick up area, Meet & Greet and Short Stay car park is accessible via the Eastern approach (Port Road) and Western approach roundabout signed A4226 and B4265.
Access to the Long Stay car park is via the Eastern approach (Port Road) only.
How To Drive To Cardiff Airport from Cardiff or Barry
- Head southwest toward High St on the A4161
- Turn left onto B4267
- Take the fourth exit at the roundabout onto A4232
- Take the A48 exit toward Cardiff West
- Take the first exit at the roundabout onto Port Rd
- Go through 10 roundabouts
- At the eleventh roundabout, take the first exit toward Porthkerry Rd
- Then take the third exit onto Rhoose Rd
- Turn left toward Cardiff Airport
Drop Off At Cardiff Airport
There is a free drop off area outside the terminal building which you can stay at for up to 10 minutes. If your 10 minutes are exceeded the cost thereafter is £5 for every 10 minutes. Please note this area is for drop off only and vehicles must be attended at all times. Payment can be made via pay on foot machines in the drop off area.
If your drop off is going to be longer than 10 minutes consider parking in Long Stay 1 where you will have 20 minutes parking free of charge. From Long Stay 1 there is a short walk or free shuttle bus ride from the terminal building. You can pay for your parking at a machine in the car park or in the arrivals hall.
There is also a special assistance vehicle available for passengers with reduced mobility.
Pick Up Off At Cardiff Airport
The following options are available:
- For the first 10 minutes for £1 in the Short Stay car park which is close to the terminal building
- You may wish to consider parking in Long Stay 1 where you will have 20 minutes parking for free.
Parking at Cardiff Airport
Full information about parking at Cardiff Airport can be found here
The cost of parking in the long stay car park at Cardiff Airport ranges according to your duration of parking.
The cost savings of using a professional Airport Transfer Services, such as Executive Swift Travel outweighs the price of parking, fuel and inconvenience.
How To Take The Bus To Cardiff Airport
The T9 service is a direct link to Cardiff Bay and Cardiff City Centre. The bus stop is located directly outside the terminal and costs £5 per person each way.
The T9 Route is: Cardiff Bay (outside Travelodge Cardiff, Hemmingway Road, Atlantic Wharf) – Cardiff City Centre (Canal Street) – Cardiff Airport.
Services are available up to every 20 minutes with free travel on weekends. Click here to view the T9 bus timetable.
The 905 provides a direct shuttle between Cardiff Airport and Rhoose Railway Station.
The 303 bus between Bridgend and Barry also stops at Cardiff Airport. Click here to view the 303 timetable
How To Take The Train To Cardiff Airport
Trains run from Cardiff Central to Cardiff International Airport railway station every hour from Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sundays. The average journey time is 36 minutes and the cost is £5.60 per person.
There is also a route available where you must change at Bridgend however, this route takes 1 hour and 10 minutes.
A shuttle bus service from the train station to the airport is available for passengers, the journey takes approximately 10 minutes and there is a small charge of £1 per person.
Private Taxi Transfer to Cardiff Airport
The problem with the bus and train routes to Cardiff Airport is that you must get to the centre of Cardiff or Cardiff Bay before you can take the bus or train. This will add to the cost but will also significantly add to your journey time. The cost also adds up if you are travelling as a family or in a group.
If you drive and leave your car at Cardiff Long Stay parking the costs can get quite high if you are staying for a longer period.
If you are lucky enough to get a lift to the airport then your costs will be extremely low apart from the cost of the petrol but one seat in the vehicle will be taken up by the driver.
If you do not have access to a vehicle, there are a number of travellers or you are going on a longer trip then almost certainly taking a Private Taxi Transfer to Cardiff Airport will be your best option.
Low-cost airline, Wizz Air to Establish Base at Cardiff Airport
Wizz Air is set to establish a new base at Cardiff Airport.
The airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft to the Welsh Government-owned Cardiff airport, a new airport for Wizz Air’s services. They will launch nine new leisure routes with the potential for significant capacity and new route expansion from the Rhoose-based airport.
It will fly to destinations including Alicante, Faro, Larnaca and Tenerife, as well as seasonal routes during the summer to Corfu, Heraklion and Palma de Mallorca and routes to Lanzarote and Sharm El Sheikh during the winter season.
The new base is expected to create 40 direct jobs and more than 250 indirect jobs. The new routes, which will have capacity for 350,000 passengers a year will begin a phased commencement from next March.
Cardiff Airport will be Wizz Air’s 4th UK base alongside London Luton, Gatwick, and Doncaster Sheffield airport.
Wizz Air UK’s fleet will grow to 14 aircrafts and the addition of these new routes from Cardiff Airport means a growth to 132 routes from 11 UK airports.
The investment is a major boost for the airport and secures the first low-cost carrier since the demise of Bmibaby. Wizz Air has been attracted on commercial terms with no financial backing from the Welsh Government.
It will also allow Cardiff to fight back against the loss of passengers in its core catchment area of South Wales to Bristol Airport, due to its low-cost carrier offers in EasyJet and Ryanair. Pre-pandemic more than 1.5 million passengers at Bristol originated from South Wales.
The announcement follows a period of recent expansion for the airline, with Wizz Air UK opening new bases at Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield Airport in October and adding an eleventh aircraft to its London Luton operation in July. Wizz Air currently operates 14 planes in the UK, with 132 routes from 11 UK airports which it plans to increase to 50.
If Cardiff Airport’s initial routes prove profitable the expectation is that Wizz Air will increase it presence at Cardiff Airport. Where travel restrictions have been lifted, Cardiff Airport has already benefited from converting pent up demand. The rollout of the new Covid-19 vaccines will further increase the demand for leisure travel.
Executive Transfer Cardiff Airport
There is a massive pent-up demand for holidays from the UK and there is no better way to start your 2021 holiday than take an executive transfer to Cardiff airport using Executive Swift Travel for your Wizz Air flights.
Our large, luxury executive cars are the best way to get your holiday off to a flying start offering door to door service for up to 7 passengers (6 during Covid-19).
If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place at the time of your holiday, then you can rest assured that Executive Swift Travel will be adhering to all health regulations to assure you a secure journey to and from Cardiff Airport.
Covid-19 Measures in Place at Cardiff Airport
Cardiff Airport have been working with all their partners including airlines, shops, cafes and restaurants, plus UK Border Force ensure there are the best preventative measures to stop the spread of the virus at Cardiff Airport.
Cardiff Airport have gone over and above the guidelines from both UK and Welsh Governments and the following measures have been put in place at Cardiff Airport:
- Enhanced cleaning of the whole Airport throughout the day and night, plus a deep sanitisation before the terminal re-opens
- More hand sanitiser stations added throughout the Airport
- Social distancing for staff and customers, keeping 2m wherever possible
- New protective screens in areas such as check in, boarding gates and immigration desks
- Increased signage and floor markings to help everyone understand the changes to the airport and remind everyone about the safety measures
- Displays of all the relevant UK and Welsh Government advice and information
- Introduced a team of ‘Airport Stewards’ to help customers with the changes throughout the terminal and to be on hand to answer any questions
- All Airport teams are wearing appropriate PPE as required, including face coverings in all areas
- Passengers are asked to wear face coverings when travelling through the Airport before they fly and when they land at Cardiff Airport
- Encouraging contactless payments throughout the Airport where possible
- Asking only customers and the Cardiff Airport staff to enter the terminal buildings
- Training of airport teams about COVID-19 and the safety measures that have been put in place