Car Hire at Cardiff Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Whether you want a literary adventure in Swansea, a hiking holiday in spectacular scenery or late nights, live music and bars in beautiful Cardiff Bay, you can find the best car hire at Cardiff Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Cardiff Airport
There are five car hire companies with desks at Cardiff Airport; Enterprise, Europecar, Avis, Budget and Alamo. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Cardiff Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The nearest petrol station to Cardiff Airport is the Four Cross Service Station just 7 minutes away by car. Simply head southwest from the airport and keep to the right. Continue onto Tredogan Road and at the roundabout take the second exit. The petrol station will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Cardiff Airport
Cardiff Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. The M4 connects Cardiff to Swansea and the east of Wales while the M48 links the city to Bristol and London to the east and to the M5 heading north towards Gloucester and Birmingham. The Brecon Beacons National Park is directly north of Cardiff linked by the A470.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Cardiff Airport.
This once medieval market town with its castles, museums and panoramic bay views was the childhood home of Dylan Thomas. While today summer and winter festivals, live music and great food make it an exciting city break, the romance remains, in the little fishing village of Mumbles, the spectacular Gower Peninsula and in its parks, nature reserves and woodlands.
Just one hour from Cardiff Airport is Swansea. Take the Port Road from the airport and get on the A4226. Take the M4 to Skewen, exiting at junction 42. Continue on Fabian Way following signs for Swansea.
Outdoor adventurers can get their fill amidst the breath-taking beauty of the Brecon Beacons. This Welsh National Park boasts climbing, paragliding, hiking, sailing and much more. Home to some of the Black Mountains, the Central Beacons and Fforest Fawr this place is a playground of moorland, forests, valleys, waterfalls, lakes, caves and gorges.
The stunning Brecon Beacons are just 45 minutes away from Cardiff Airport by car. Take the Port Road from the airport onto the A4232. Follow this until to the M4, then take junction 32 onto the A470 signposted to Merthyr Tydfil. Keep following the signs until you reach the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Cardiff is both historic and modern. Ancient castles, museums, galleries and even a medieval village nestle among the contemporary. Live music and buzzing bars and restaurants bring the nights to life. After a busy day, escape the crowds to watch the sun set along Mermaid Quay or with a cocktail and a view out to beautiful Cardiff Bay. Check out our guide on things to do in Cardiff to learn more.
It takes just 30 minutes to reach Cardiff from the airport. Take Port Road out of the airport and get onto the A4226. Keep on this road until you get to the A4161 which is signposted to Cardiff.
Street parking in the centre of Cardiff is metered. Charges apply from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm and on Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Short stay charges are £1.70 for up to one hour and £3.60 for up to five hours. Long stay parking costs £1.70 for one hour and £5.20 for up to ten hours. Parking in the outskirts of the city is cheaper. Car Parks are also available with charges from £3.10* for up to two hours. Some hotels in Cardiff have car parking; usually this costs extra.
Prices subject to change