Cardiff Airport essential travel guide
Postcode for GPS: CF62 3BD

Cardiff Airport is an international air travel base serving south, mid and west Wales, as well as the capital city itself. It is the only airport in the country offering scheduled flights to international destinations.

How to get there

Car
Cardiff Airport is situated in the village of Rhoose, 19km west of Cardiff city centre. The base is accessible from junction 33 of the M4, with signposts directing drivers along the A4232, A4050 and A4226. A choice of short-stay and long-stay parking options is available.
 
Rail
The airport is also accessible by rail, with a train service linking Rhoose Cardiff International Airport station to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. Trains run every hour from Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sundays. 
 
Bus
Another transport option is the X91 bus route, which runs from Cardiff Central station to the airport every two hours during the day, seven days a week. The X5 coach operates on the same route every two hours during the day on Sundays. Bus pick-up and drop-off points are located in front of the terminal building.

The airport

Like all modern airports, Cardiff provides a range of retail and dining facilities for passengers. In the departure lounge, shoppers can browse through a selection of handmade, ethically sourced products in the Divine store or search for bargains on clothing, sunglasses, bags, wallets and other items from brands such as Superdry, Calvin Klein and Gucci at the Nuance tax and duty-free outlet.
 
The airport's Food Village offers a number of culinary options from quick snacks to hot food, while establishments such as Caffe Ritazza, the Echo Bar and the Fly Half Bar are available for people who want to sit down for a quick drink before boarding their flight.
 
Travellers planning to acquire their holiday money at the airport will find a Change Group bureau de change on the first floor of the terminal and in the departures lounge.
 

Other facilities

A pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi service is available throughout Cardiff Airport's terminal, while internet kiosks can be found in the check-in area, in the landside food hall on the first floor and in the departure lounge.
 
Passengers who prefer more old-fashioned methods of communication will find a post box directly outside the terminal building and public phone boxes throughout the airport. Mobile phone battery charging facilities are also provided at internet kiosks.
 
The airport has a chaplaincy where visitors can talk to Rev Duncan A Ballantyne either in person on Tuesdays and Fridays or over the phone.
 
Other facilities that could come in useful for passengers at Cardiff include contact points where members of the public can get in touch with dedicated customer service assistants and designated gates at Border Control for holders of electronic passports who are aged 18 or over.

Direct Flights travel tip

 Parents can make sure youngsters are kept entertained while waiting to board aircraft by heading to some of Cardiff Airport's family areas.
 
A children's play centre sponsored by Smyth's Toys is situated in the departure lounge and two video game zones can be found on the first floor of the terminal building and in the departure lounge.

Hotels nearby

For those travellers prioritising proximity in their search for a hotel near the airport, the best option is the Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport, a three-star property located adjacent to the terminal building.
 
Just over half a kilometre away from the base is the Sky Plaza Hotel, which also has a three-star rating and offers amenities including a bar and restaurant.
 
Other nearby accommodation options include the West House Country Hotel in Llantwit Major and the Aberthaw House Hotel in Barry.