Cardiff Airport (CWL) Information
(Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales, UK)
The city is home to Cardiff Airport (CWL), which ranks amongst the largest in Wales. With regular flights to many top destinations in Europe and America, the airport is highly regarded and serves many top airlines, being something of a hub for Flybe, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Vueling Airlines.
Cardiff is also within easy reach of London's Airports, including Heathrow, which is approximately 228 km / 141 miles from the city, and Gatwick, which is some 264 km / 163 miles away, with both offering speedy motorway connections.
Cardiff Airport (CWL) Guide
Cardiff Airport (CWL)
Address: Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3BD, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1446 711111
Located just 18 km / 12 miles to the south-west of the city centre, Cardiff Airport is a major air facility and one of the fastest growing in the United Kingdom, handling almost two million passengers each year. With its high elevation, this site enjoys some of the best weather in the country and as a result, services are extremely reliable.
Cardiff Airport has one main terminal building, serving a large number of different airlines. These airlines fly to a wide range of holiday destinations such as Alicante, Amsterdam
, Belfast, Brussels, Cork
, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Jersey, London, Malaga
, Mallorca, Milan, Newcastle, Paris
, Plymouth, Prague and Toulouse.
Summer charter flights connect Austria, the Balearic Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Madeira, Malta, Portugal
, Spain, Turkey and a number of locations in USA. CWL is actually the only airport in this area to offer Trans-Atlantic routes, with regular summer flights to Orlando
(Florida) and Toronto (Canada).
- Bureau de change
- 24-hour cash machines (ATMs) and postal facilities
- Food court area with outlets of Burger King, Cafe Ritazza, Echo Bar, Fly Half Bar and the Food Village
- Shopping centre with branches of Divine, Nuance Tax and Duty Free, and WHSmith
- Car hire companies - including Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty Car Rental
- Business facilities are available at the information desk including fax machines, photocopying and telephones
- Executive lounge with further business facilities
- Passenger pick-up areas are located close to the main building
- Short-term parking, business parking and long-term parking are all available with direct access - Cardiff Airport Parking
- Online pre-pay parking available
- Special facilities for disabled passengers
- Other facilities include baby changing, travel insurance, travel agencies and a playground area for children
Central Cardiff is easy to reach from the airport by several major roads. The airport is situated in nearby Rhoose, where it is roughly 16 km / 10 miles from Junction 33 on the M4 motorway, and close to the A4232, the A4050 and the A4226. The route into the city is well sign posted and the journey can take as little as 30 minutes, but during the morning and evening rush hours, the journey may take 40 minutes or possibly longer.
Cardiff Airport has regular buses departing for the city centre every 30 minutes or so. Operated by Cardiff Airbus, the bus journey into the city takes around 45 minutes and is both cheap and convenient, with pick-ups and drop-offs right outside of the terminal building.
Tel: +44 (0)870 580 8080
Coaches are readily available and travel to many nearby cities, such as Barry, Bristol, Newport and Swansea, as well as to destinations all over Wales and England. The coach services are operated by National Express.
Tel: +44 (0)1446 711747
Taxis are readily available at Cardiff Airport, with the taxi rank being found directly outside of the main terminal building. Checker Cabs is the resident taxi company operating here and their booking office is situated next to the arrivals hall, with cabs being on hand 24-hours a day.