Key to the City™, Cardiff.

Getting Around Cardiff and Beyond

Stagecoach South Wales
Stagecoach South Wales

Cardiff is quite a compact city so getting around the main sights is relatively easy. Travelling a bit further can be a bit more problematic though.

The city centre area - including the civic centre - can be easily visited on foot. Cardiff Bay is also only a thirty minutes walk away but if you fancy taking it a bit easy then catching one of the ferries from Bute Park is a good choice, or alternatively you can catch the bus which runs from the Civic Centre through the city centre to the bay.

The local rail network is quite good for visiting Penarth and Barry Island in the Vale of Glamorgan, or Caerphilly and the south Wales valleys. There is also a regular rail service to nearby Newport, although Caerleon or Blaenavon are an extra bus ride away.

Although Cardiff doesn't have an integrated transport system there are some combined public transport ticket options. You can buy a day ticket, 'Day to Go' to use on local Cardiff Bus services only. You should note that Cardiff Bus surprisingly doesn't run a bus to the museum at St Fagans so this ticket wouldn't be valid for a journey there. If you are planning to travel out of the city, Stagecoach offer a 'Day Explorer' for one day's unlimited travel on their services. The 'Network Day Rider' is only slightly more expensive and includes services from Stagecoach, Cardiff Bus and most other local bus operators.

Transport for Wales Rail
Transport for Wales Rail

There is also a 'Valley Lines Day Explorer' ticket which gives one day's unlimited travel on Transport for Wales’ Valley Lines rail services (does not include services to Newport and beyond) and Stagecoach bus services. You can travel by bus or train after 9.15am Monday to Fridays, and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Last Updated Tuesday 29 March 2022

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