cardiff

Hello, cardiff

Cardiff, the youngest capital city in Europe, is known for its castle, art, dragons, river, Victorian arcades, parks, rugby, music, university, bay, and Brains beer. This diverse list of attractions means that whether you enjoy art, rugby, historical castles, modern architecture, classical music, or new bands in pubs, Cardiff has something for everyone.

City Information

Essential Information about the city

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the European Union member-states, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) only require a valid passport to enter the UK. Residents of a further 10 countries do not require entry visas for stays under 6 months: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Nationals of some further countries do not require a visa, but need to hold an entry certificate. Use the UK Government website to check for specific requirements: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

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Best Time to Visit

The climate in Cardiff is mild and the city hardly ever experiences extreme temperatures, but as elsewhere in the UK, the weather can be quite unpredictable. For this reason, visitors are recommended to bring waterproof coats and shoes. The best period to enjoy the city is from April to September, when the weather allows for a pleasant visit with warm temperatures and moderate precipitation. The major events and fairs take place during the summer, such as the Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival, and visitor numbers are expected to be at their highest at least until mid-September. Autumn is generally rainy with occasional snowfall in November and December, while winter can be cold and chilly, making this season the slowest in terms of visitors.

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Airport

Cardiff is served by its own international airport with regular direct flights from the UK and Europe.The Cardiff Airport Express Bus Service (T9) to Cardiff City Centre runs every 20 minutes from 04.50 – 24.10. Trains run every hour from Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sundays from Cardiff International to Cardiff Central Station. Taxis accept various payment methods, such as credit cards and Euros cash. Fares are subject to change. Note: Bristol International airport is only 1 hour away, with Continental Airlines flying directly from the States as well as EasyJet low-cost airline providing flights from Europe, including Germany, and within the UK. Birmingham, Manchester and London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton) are also all easily accessible by high-speed InterCity train or coach.

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Public Transport

Public transport in Cardiff is run by Cardiff Bus (Bws Caerdydd), which covers the urban area. There are 2 fare zones, Cardiff (adult £1.90, child £1.30) and Barry (adult £1.80 child £1.20). Tickets can be bought through the mobile app or directly on the bus with cash or contactless. Day tickets are also available.

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Taxi

London-style Hackney cabs are available in Cardiff and can be hailed from the roadside. Private hire taxis are also available but cannot be hailed from the roadside and must be pre-booked instead.Dragon Taxis Cardiff:dragontaxis.com/cardiffPremier Taxis:www.premiertaxis.netCapital Cabs:www.capitalcabs.co.uk

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Pharmacy

If you are in need of medication, there are many local pharmacies in Cardiff as well as big chains like Boots. Crwys Pharmacy:

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Post

You can find several post offices spread throughout the city, the main branch being located inside Queens Arcade.

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Telephone

Country code: 44Area code: 029

Electricity

240 volts AC, 50Hz; square three-pin plugs are standard.