There is no easier way to discover the Welsh capital than a car hire in Cardiff! Not only is Cardiff Wales's largest city, but also the main Welsh centre for commerce, as well as the home of national institutions and the National Assembly for Wales. Cardiff attracts visitors who are interested in the city's fascinating history and unique culture, and has duly become the top tourist spot in Wales. You can now be the next visitor to become enamoured with Cardiff with Auto Europe's affordable car hire rates! Make a search online or give us a call - you are sure to find what you need from our varied selection!
Driving a car hire in Cardiff is quite uncomplicated, and you should be able to find your way around town without a problem. However, be mindful that as in any city, during peak hours in the morning and afternoon the centre does experience some congestion. Note that if, while driving out of or into Cardiff, you cross the Severn Bridge, you must pay a toll for crossing.
The main road connecting Cardiff to the nearby region as well as the rest of the UK is the M4. Heading west on the M4, you can reach Swansea in just under an hour. Or heading east, you can drive to London via the M4 in about three hours. For a short day trip, you can drive your car hire to Newport, which is less than half an hour away on the Eastern Ave/A48. Information on other driving distances and traffic regulations in the UK can be found here.
There are plenty of parking spaces available in Cardiff, but the cost of parking can be quite high. There are three Park and Ride car parks serving the west, east, and south of the city. They are connected to bus services. There are also five council-run pay and display car parks in the city, as well as pay and display on-street parking offered in the city centre, Butetown, and Cardiff Bay. Parking spaces may be more difficult to find on days when events are taking place at the Millennium Stadium.
Cardiff is in the South Wales region. The city has grown to its present size and importance largely due to its vital role in the transportation of coal for the region's industry. Central Cardiff is quite flat, with hills found around the city's periphery. The city rests on a base of Triassic stones and reclaimed marshland.
The climate in Cardiff is temperate. Typically for this kind of maritime climate, the weather is mild with plentiful rain, wind, and cloudy weather. Summers are, however, warm, with high temperatures around and above 20°C. July is the sunniest month in Cardiff. Rainfall is common in winter, but rain still not overly abundant and the temperature will rarely fall below 0°C.
There are no other international airports in Wales besides Cardiff Airport, which is located in Rhoose, about 10 miles west of Cardiff.
Cardiff Airport (CWL)
Address: Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3BD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1446 711111
If you are considering not driving your car rental for a day or two, and exploring the city or the region using public transport, there are a number of options open to you, including rail and bus services.
Suburban Rail System
The Cardiff suburban rail system is called Valley Lines, and it has eight lines servicing numerous stations within the city itself, the broader urban area, the Vale of Glamorgan, and the South Wales valleys.
Cardiff Bus is the company operating most bus services within the municipality, as well as routes to Newport and other towns nearby. Bus fares are very affordable, but please note that you must provide exact change when purchasing a ticket. The central hub for bus services in Cardiff is Cardiff Central Bus Station, where you can also find National Express and Megabus services to cities farther away, including Swansea and Manchester, for example.
Cardiff Central railway station is not only the main station in Cardiff, but also the largest one in all of Wales. Routes range from Bridgend and Newport to Wrexham and Holyhead, and outside of Wales to Birmingham and London, among others. In the eastern part of Cardiff you will find the city's other railway station, Cardiff Queen Street.