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New integrated link to Cardiff International Airport

04 Aug 2023 1 minute read
Cardiff Central – Image: Transport for Wales

A new integrated rail and bus ticket partnership will make getting to Cardiff International Airport by public transport easier.

Transport for Wales (TfW) have teamed up with Adventure Travel, who operate the 905 service.

Users looking to travel to the airport can now catch a rail service to Rhoose (Cardiff International Airport) and connect with the 905 bus service from the station to Cardiff International Airport all on one ticket.

The new fares have been integrated with the rail and bus timetables – simply add ‘Cardiff Air Ria’ into either your origin or destination journey to search for your ticket.

The total journey time from Cardiff Central is 43 minutes, with single tickets costing just £7.20.

Customers who use the route regularly can also benefit from a seven day, monthly or annual season ticket linking the rail and bus services.


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Glwyo
Glwyo
9 months ago

It really should have been arranged like this from the beginning. Then again, if it had been done properly in the first place the train would deliver passengers to the airport instead of to a rural train station and a bus wouldn’t be needed at all.

Rob
Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Glwyo

I agree. There should have been integrated ticketing system when the T9 TrawsCymru service was in operation pre-Pandemic. The Vale of Glamorgan line isn’t really convenient in the sense that passengers on the main South Wales line have to change at Cardiff Central/Bridgend and at Rhoose station when a direct bus link from Central station to the terminal building would be more convenient.

What also needs to be taken into consideration is late night arrivals and check in deadlines for early morning departures, therefore any bus or rail link to the airport needs to be operated on a 24/7 basis.

Paul
Paul
9 months ago

Last time I used this service the bus from the airport arrived at the station just as the train was leaving. I had to wait an hour on a very cold platform for the next train. Croeso i Gymru!

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
9 months ago

What Cardiff Airport needs is a level playing field so it can compete fairly with its nearest airports Bristol and Birmingham but its hands are tied by the London Government Tory at the moment who will not give our airport the tax and other things that will bring in new air companies as Cardiff is deemed to expensive because of this by the likes of Ryanair and all the other Air travel firms tories say it WILL DAMAGE BRISTOL AND BRUM AIRPORT but it damages Cardiff airport which is alright by the Tory scum TWEEDLE D and TWEEDLE DUM the… Read more »

Rob
Rob
9 months ago
Reply to  Dai Ponty

When David Davies was chairman of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee he led a review into the devolution of Air Passenger Duty to Wales and fully supported ti. Now that he is Welsh secretary he appears to have changed his mind.
Its for this reason I will never fly from Bristol. If I cannot use from Cardiff, then I will happily travel further afield and use a London airport.

John Davies
John Davies
9 months ago

The rail link should have a branch going straight into the airport , the ridiculous situation where people travelling have to change from train to bus is antiquated , calling Rhoose station cardiff international airport is ludicrous , There also should have been a dual carriageway linked from junction 34 to the airport , when the motorway was built in 1974 , wales is like a third world country , it’s ironic that Trevithick was the first person to get a train running 30 miles from Rhoose in 1804 , but were still in backward looking in many respects ,… Read more »

Nigel
Nigel
9 months ago

Having once tried to use public transport to get home from Cardiff airport granted it was late evening, never again total disaster . No information available at the airport re times etc rude bus drivers when I tried to get info from them train platforms with no information or cover in cold wet dark evening total disgrace

Alun Gerrard
Alun Gerrard
9 months ago

I want to comment on the new rail link to Cardiff Airport. This service is too far for my lifestyle as I live on Anglesey…so, I use Manchester…not Cardiff or even Valley !! This service will add on large amounts of debt on to the Cardiff airport account. Millions of pounds of Welsh and UK cash to an airport that is in the wrong place. It should be spent on roads for cars ..and a new bridge for Anglesey…improvements to the A55 and service roads plus a proper bypass for Llanbedr …the one they will build will be a form… Read more »

Ty'n-llyn
Ty'n-llyn
9 months ago

And they expect airport travellers to cram into one of those tiny two carriage class 150 trains. Perhaps they should put their baggage on the roof? It’s a third world rail service and Wales deserves better.

Cassandra
Cassandra
9 months ago

Whoopi di doo! For those who neither live in the Llantwit Major/Llaniltud Fawr area or rely on the bus have no idea how bad it is here. As someone who takes the 304 to work (with many others). Its almost a 2 hour journey from Llantwit Major to Cardiff (an hour to Barry) which includes the a stop in a mostly deserted airport. On top of that, Adventure has raised fares twice in the last 6, months to 20%. Perhaps if you have a great job or drive why would you care! However as pointed out to Lee Waters in… Read more »

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Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
9 months ago

I don’t know of any Capital City in Europe where you take a train to an airport and then have to wait for a bus connection

Mike Franks
Mike Franks
9 months ago

I was working with British rail in the 90s and there was big talk about installing a good connection to the airport, but for some inexplicable reason it was turned down apparently Branson and co applied for this and was bluntly turned down.

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