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CARDIFF IS A VERY COMPACT CITY AND IS EASY TO EXPLORE.
Cardiff is a compact, flat city. Large parts of the city centre including the major shopping streets are pedestrianised, so it’s easy to get around on foot. This is also true for the scenic waterfront area of Cardiff Bay, and you can easily walk between the city and Bay in around 15 minutes. Why not explore one of Cardiff’s traffic-free footpaths, including the incredible Taff Trail which runs for nearly 60 miles from Cardiff Bay, all the way to Brecon.
Cardiff Bus runs an extensive system throughout Cardiff and the local area, travelling to Penarth and Barry. To pay by cash you need the exact change. You can also pay by contactless card. Stagecoach runs services to surrounding areas such as Caerphilly, Tongwynlais and the Valleys. NAT runs services within Cardiff and surrounding areas. For information on all public transport in Wales see Traveline Cymru.
There are 20 railway stations in Cardiff, most of which form part of the commuter rail network, known locally as Valley Lines, with Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central being the main hubs of the city.
Regular trains run from Cardiff’s Queen Street station to Cardiff Bay and city stops including Cathays, Ninian Park and Llandaff North. Trains from Cardiff Central station link to the Valleys and Vale of Glamorgan.
Cardiff is flat, compact and easily negotiated by bike. You’ll find plenty of bike racks around the city centre and cycle paths like the Taff Trail provide traffic-free routes.
The following websites have useful information on bike hire, cycling routes and safety.
BY WATER BUS
This is an exciting way to get between the city centre and Cardiff Bay. The boat leaves from Bute Park, near Cardiff Castle and the Holiday Inn hotel, and takes you to the main part of Cardiff Bay. There are two companies running services:
- Princess Katharine
- Aqua Bus