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Cardiff is a busy regional airport situated in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. An airfield was first built on the site in the early 1940s and was used as an RAF Spitfire base. After the war, it fell into disuse until re-opening for civil aircraft in 1952 with an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin. It has grown to its present capacity over the years and is now the only airport in Wales offering international scheduled flights, the majority of which are to Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as seasonal flights to other holiday destinations.
You will find many different options for guest rooms to let in cheap hotels, well priced B&B’s and other affordable bed and breakfast accommodation conveniently located in this area. Many will have their own transport links, running a bus or minibus shuttle service transfer. If you have taken the option of hiring a car, several hotels will be offering ample parking.
Airfield in Wales
The airport is situated only twelve miles from central Cardiff and has quick links to the M4, which runs directly into London. If you prefer to travel by train, the terminal station connects directly to the city’s Central Railway Station with its links to London Paddington.
National Coach Services offers very reasonably priced direct or connecting routes to most major towns in the United Kingdom.
Wales is a popular holiday spot and ideal for that last minute break, especially if the weather is being kind. In the city you will discover a historic town with lots to see and do, which is surrounded by beautiful countryside and stunning coastlines.
Cardiff was the 19th century creation of John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute, who at the time was the world’s richest man. His presence is still strongly felt in the town, especially in the colorful castle and the elegant Civic Center.
The docks that created his fortune have been revamped and are a good place to while away some time, whether drinking, eating, shopping or just relaxing. Whilst here a visit should be paid to the Wales Millennium Center.
This magnificent building of Welsh slate, houses several art galleries and the opera theater. The roof is pierced by 2 meter high letter shaped windows which, when lit at night, spell out phrases from a local poem. A guided tour will take you behind these letters, onto the opera stage and into the dressing rooms.
Places to Stay before or after your flight
Making an online search will quickly show you the wide variety of rooms available, whether you are booking well in advance or looking for last minute accommodation. The reasonably priced chain hotels in the area also have free parking and some provide a shuttle service, as well as Wi-Fi and TVs in the rooms, all of which will have en-suite bathrooms.
These are a good option for overnight bed and breakfast stays. Whether you prefer to stay in the town of Cardiff itself or in the beautiful countryside of this Heritage Coast area, you will find attractive and comfortable cheap B&B’s, hostels and hotels in converted houses, country homes or on farms. Popular in the city is also renting a serviced apartment for 1 night or a weekend.
Find the most affordable lodgings next to Cardiff International airport. Among the cheap hotels is 3 star Sky Plaza Hotel. Cheap Sky Plaza Hotel is located 1/2 mile from Cardiff International Airport on the main through road between the small village of Rhoose and the town of Barry and has a 2-way shuttle service, plus free parking.
This hotel is very convenient and reasonably priced for an overnight visit to Cardiff !
With (Free) Shuttle Transfers – Transportation / Car Parking
You will find many hotels, motels, apartments and b&b’s or guest houses that offer free public car parking near by Cardiff Airport CWL.
A very popular hotel with free car parking is 3 star Express by Holiday Inn Cardiff Airport. This hotel is located next to Cardiff Airport’s terminal building. Excellent hotel within close proximity to the airport !
One of the closest propeties to the airport with free on site parking is 3 star Best Western Mount Sorrel Hotel. The hotel is situated close to the M4 J33, with rail links to Cardiff and not far from the airport. Indoor Swimming Pool is available !
Located in Rhoose near Barry Wales UK
Name : Cardiff Airport
Location : the terminal is situated in the village of Rhoose near Barry, about 12 miles or 19 km west of Cardiff city centre in Wales.
The nearest other airports serving the area are Bristol Airport (BRS), around 48 miles away and which has international and domestic flights from Bristol UK. Swansea Airport (SWS) and nearby hotels are approx. 45 miles away.
Address : Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3BD, Wales United Kingdom
IATA Code : CWL
Main Airlines : served by Flybe, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Vueling, Eastern Airways, KLM, Germanwings, Aer Lingus Regional.
Terminals : one passenger terminal.
Postcode District : CF62 3BD
Serves : South, Mid and West Wales
Region : South Wales
County : South Glamorgan (Vale of Glamorgan)
Country : Wales
Tel. : +44 1446 711111
The closest train station is Rhoose Cardiff International Airport Station, which is connected by rail with Cardiff Central Railway Station and the train station in the town of Bridgend.
Bus pick up and drop off points are situated in front of the terminal building.
The Cardiff Airport Express bus service connects CWL with the city centre. Additional the 905 service operates between Rhoose Rail Interchange, Cardiff Airport and MOD St Athan daily.
Exit junction 33 on the M4 and follow the signs to Cardiff Airport along the A4232, A4050 and A4226.
Nearest Hotels : in the towns and villages of Rhoose, East Aberthaw, Barry, Saint Athan, Bonvilston, Llantwit Major and central Cardiff.
Things to do and see nearby the airfield terminal
Amelia Trust Farm (Five Mile Lane, Vale of Glamorgan, Barry CF62 3AS, Wales): a 160 acre working farm, Care Farm and registered charity. See chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, sheep, horses, cows, etc.. It’s free to enter.
Fonmon Castle (Fonmon, Barry CF62 3ZN, Wales): fortified medieval castle built by the St. John family in around 1200. The castle is open to the public from April to September. It’s also a great wedding and event venue. It hosts the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show and the St Davids Polo.
Porthkerry Country Park (Park Road, Barry CF62 3BY, Wales): beautiful park. There is a huge grassed area suitable for picnics, bbq’s and cricket/football etc. There is plenty of free car parking and huge areas for children to play.
The Welsh Hawking Centre (Weycock Road, Barry, Wales): there is a great selection of birds and shows. Fantastic day out for the family.