Cardiff airport (CWL)

Location details, contact information, airlines, departure and arrival flight status, transportation, facilities and services, parking, special passenger amenities, nearby hotels and answers to passengers' frequently asked questions.


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Cardiff Airport, opened on April 7, 1942, is the largest in Wales and one of the busiest in the United Kingdom. It operates with domestic flights and international destinations within Europe, the Caribbean, Northern Africa and the Middle East.

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Number of Terminals - 1 -
Annual passenger traffic: 1.6 million passengers went through it in 2018.
Tel: +44 144 671 1111. E-mail: [email protected] In the baggage reclaim area and the Arrivals Hall there are interactive tourist information booths, in addition to customer call points throughout the enclosure where to request information.


The airport is located in Rhoose, 20 km (12 miles) southwest from Cardiff.

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What services does Cardiff airport (CWL) facilities include

The airport has ATMs, currency exchange bureaus (open during international flight hours), mailbox, plugs for mobile devices, public telephones, internet kiosks and Wi-Fi access free of charge for 2 hours. Inside the terminal there are also two meeting rooms. The Executive Lounge opens from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm (Saturdays until 5:00 pm) and is located in the Departures area; it provides a bar, newspapers and magazines, Wi-Fi, telephones, fax, computers, TV, air conditioning (access with Priority Pass, Lounge Club, DragonPass or Diners Club membership, through online booking or by paying at the door - £18.00).

Food and Drinks- Bar and coffee shops in the Departures Hall, in addition to cafés on the first floor and the Arrivals Hall.
Shopping- Duty-free items in the Departures area, newspapers, books, tobacco, sweets.
Baggage- Trolleys available for free throughout the enclosure. In case of missing luggage, contact Tel +44 144 671 1111 or e-mail [email protected]
Other Services- Pharmacy, prayer room, smoking lounge, baby care facilities.


Accommodation near Cardiff airport (CWL)

Some accommodations in the surroundings provide free shuttle services for their guests.

Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport (0.7 km/0.4 miles)
Celtic International Hotel Cardiff Airport (1.4 km/0.9 miles)
Vale Park Hotel (1.5 km/0.9 miles)
The Anchorage & The Tackleshed (2.9 km/1.8 miles)
Three Horseshoes Inn (3 km/1.9 miles)


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Public and private transportation

Bus - Express service T9 from TrawsCymru (Tel +44 300 200 2233) connects the enclosure with the city centre, the central train station and Cardiff Bay every 30 minutes, stopping at several major hotels. It operates from 4:50 am to 0:10 am and journey time is 40 min. Fares from £5.00.
Bus 905 from New Adventure Travel (Tel +44 292 044 2040) runs between Rhoose train station, the airport and St. Athan for £1.00, meeting all departing trains (Monday to Saturday between 5:45 am and 11:25 pm, Sunday from 8:45 am to 10:25 pm). The trip takes approximately 10 min.

Train - Services from Transport for Wales (Tel +44 333 321 1202) every hour from Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sundays from Rhoose Station to Cardiff Central and Bridgend (30 minutes journey). A shuttle service (£1.00) transfers passengers to and from the airport terminal.

Taxi - FlightLink Wales (Tel +44 144 672 8500) offers private or shared transport to and from destinations in Southern Wales and some major airports throughout the United Kingdom, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. The trip to downtown Cardiff takes 30 minutes.

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Car rental agencies

The following companies have desks inside the terminal:

Avis (Tel +44 344 544 6006 - Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sundays from 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm)
Enterprise (Tel +44 144 671 2837 - Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Sundays from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm)
Europcar (Tel +44 371 384 3404 - weekdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Sundays from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm)
Hertz (Tel +44 144 671 1722 - Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays from 10:00 pm to 7:30 pm)


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Parking services at Cardiff airport (CWL)

Several parking options open 24 hours a day are available at the airport. Directly outside the terminal there is also a passenger drop-off zone which is free for 10 minutes. Payment can be made at the exit from each lot or in the Arrivals Hall. More information: Tel +44 871 360 1100. Fees

Short Stay - Directly in front of the main building.
Long Stay - A short distance away from the terminal. The first 20 min. in L1 have no charge.


Facilities for passengers with special needs

Facilities include induction loops for the hearing-impaired, contrasting signage, adapted restrooms, reserved seating areas, designated spaces in all car parks, ramps, elevators, accessible telephones and an ambulift to board the plane. If you should require special assistance or wheelchairs, inform your airline or travel agency about your particular needs at the moment of your booking or at least 48 hours in advance. More information: Tel +44 144 672 9329.

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Latest updates: April 22, 2019