Cardiff (Caerdydd)

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The Welsh capital isn’t typical of the rest of Wales, but many travellers find themselves passing through to make transport connections and inevitably end up spending some time exploring the city.

Cardiff’s main attraction is the castle, which dominates the city centre and there are also some good museums. The Millennium Waterfront at Cardiff Bay is a new development that is home to the Welsh National Assembly as well as several other attractions.

Local transport

Cardiff’s public transport system is comprised of buses and a suburban train network.

Cardiff Bus runs most bus services although other companies operate some services. A short hop in the city centre costs £1, a single fare in the Cardiff zone is £1.80 and a one-day pass (a Day to go ticket) costs £3.60.

Handy routes include the baycar bus that runs between Cardiff bay and the city centre. This bus runs every 10 minutes on weekdays, every 15 minutes on weekends and every 30 minutes during the evening.

Arriva Trains Wales runs Cardiff’s suburban train network, which extends as far as Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

Cardiff Capital Card

The Cardiff Capital Card is the best deal since it combines both bus and train travel. It is available in daily, weekly, monthly and annual passes to a range of destinations that extend into the surrounding countryside. Most visitors to Cardiff will find the £6.6 one 0–7.90 day off-peak passes the best value.

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