Cardiff International Airport (CWL) is the main air gateway to Wales and West England. It is located 12 miles from the city and handles 1.5 million passengers a year to and from 13 destinations. It’s a popular car hire base for Wales and the West Country of England.
There is one terminal at Cardiff Airport, with arrivals on the ground floor and check in/departures on the first floor. Adequate services for travelers are well located throughout the airport, including several ATMs, some foreign exchange counters, and an information desk on the first floor. Car hire is available from major rental companies, with pre-arranged online booking recommended.
The airport has a food court area with a wide range of options such as sandwiches, snacks, hot food and beverages. There is also the Scrum Half Bar, open from midday until the last flight departs. In the departures lounge there is a good deli and the Pride of Wales traditional pub which serves hot food and bar meals.
Shopping is well provided for at Cardiff International Airport, including World News outlets for books, newspapers, snacks and travel accessories. Duty free shopping, with a selection of perfume and cosmetics, alcohol, confectionery, and electronic consumer goods, is also available.
Other services at the airport include baby care rooms equipped with changing tables, games zones for kids, and a business center with wireless internet.
Hourly buses depart from the airport to Cardiff Central Station as well as the Barry Town Station, just five miles from the airport. Buses provided by First and Shamrock depart directly from the airport to towns in South Wales, as well as Somerset and beyond.
The airport is connected to the city via the A4050/A4226, which connects to the A4232 and eventually to the M4 at Junction 33. By hire car these routes are easy to follow. Taxis are also on hand.