Advantages Local airport, good facilities, friendly staff
Disadvantages Can be more expensive for package deals
Once we had checked in we proceeded to the 2nd floor where there is a waiting area and a number of other facilities. We headed straight to the most important – the bar. We were impressed that prices were similar to those inside a pub in Cardiff centre. As our flight would not serve a meal we also purchased snacks from the “upper crust” however we did find the prices there inflated.When our flight was called we proceeded through to the departure lounge, security was tight which was reassuring however, the staff were fast and efficient whilst managing to remain friendly. Once in the departure lounge we again found a bar and settled down to wait for about an hour. There was a large duty free shop here too, however I did not make any purchases as I generally find that it is cheaper to buy at the other end.
When our flight was called we had a short journey to the departure gate where staff handled the boarding of the plane very well. Within a couple of hours of arriving at the airport we were safely installed on a plane making plans for our weekend.4 days later a lot poorer, very worn out, but sporting healthy looking tans (to hide how ill we were still feeling from hangovers) we arrived back in Cardiff. Our luggage was coming down the luggage rack within 10 minutes of us leaving the plane. We had one scary moment when it appeared like a case was missing but it appeared on the rack later. One quick journey through customs and we were in the arrivals area looking for our lifts home.
Enough of my reminising, I’d better give you some more info about the airport. I would recommend Cardiff Airport to anyone travelling away this year however realistically its only of use if this is your nearest airport.Travel Directions
By Road : Cardiff Airport is 12 miles west of Cardiff city centre. From the South of England take the M4 to Junction 33, take the road south towards Barry, then take the A4226 west, the airport is clearly sign posted. From the North take the M5 down to Junction 15, then take the M4 across the River Severn, to Junction 33, and follow instructions above. Long term parking if pre booked will cost you : - Up to 6 days- £4.95 per day ,7-13 days- £3.95 per day, 14 days + - £3 per day. Short stay parking will cost :- Up to 30 minutes: £1, 30 minutes - 1 hour: £2 , 1 - 2 hours: £3.50, 2 - 3 hours: £5, 3 - 4 hours: £6, Up to 24 hours: £9, Each 24 hours thereafter: £9By Rail : The nearest mainline station is Cardiff Central, direct trains run to here from London, the South East and the South West and the North of England. The bus station outside the train station runs buses to and from the airport. There is also a train station in Barry Town, trains run from Cardiff to Barry approximately every 15 minutes.
By Bus : The Airbus X91, X45 and 345 services operate between the airport and Cardiff City Centre Monday to Saturday, between the hours 0653 and 2236. The X5 service operates hourly on Sundays between 0815 and 2135. Journey time to Cardiff from the airport is approximately 40 minutes.
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