05.10.13  - Cardiff Half Marathon Fun Day -  © Huw Evans Picture Agency

Travel

Please be aware that thousands of people will be wanting to get to the start. Allow plenty of time to get there for the race start. Late starters will not be permitted to take part.

How to get to Cardiff by road

Cardiff is accessible via the M4.

From the East: Leave the M4 at junction 32 and follow the A470 (1st exit at roundabout) into the centre of Cardiff.

From the West: Leave the M4 at junction 33 and join the A4232 (3rd exit at roundabout). You can then either exit the A4232 at the next roundabout and follow signs for Cardiff city centre, or alternatively, there will be a diversion on the A4232 due to race road closures.

From the South West: Drive North along the M5 motorway and then follow signs for South Wales and the M4.

From the Midlands and North: Head for the M50 motorway (junction 8 on the M5 motorway) and then onto the A40 (signposted South Wales, Monmouth). Continue along the A40 until you reach Monmouth when the road becomes the A449. Continue along the A449 until you reach the Coldra roundabout. Here you should take the 5th exit to join the M4.

Race Day Parking and a Park and Walk service will be in place at Cardiff City Football Stadium from 6.30am. The cost of parking will be £2 with all profits going to our charity partner Barnardo’s. Please allow enough time to make the 1 mile journey to the race start.  Cars parked at the Cardiff City Stadium are parked at your own risk. There are thousands of parking spaces in Cardiff City Centre. Parking spaces in Cardiff Bay are extremely limited. Please note that the road network gets incredibly busy so please plan your journey carefully and allow plenty of time to get to the start. For detailed information on where to park on race day, please refer to the following websites, as well as www.cardiffhalfmarathon. co.uk for further updates closer to race day.

Please visit www.en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/cardiff or www.cardiff.gov.uk

How to get to Cardiff by train: The nearest train station is Cardiff Central.

Cardiff is easy to reach by train from almost every location in the UK. For those travelling from London, First Great Western operates an hourly train service from London Paddington with a total journey time of only 2 hours. Book well in advance to get the cheapest fares. See www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk for more details or try searching for cheap fares at www.raileasy.co.uk or www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk

Travelling to the race by train? Please note that the first trains arrive in Cardiff Central on Sunday morning at around 11am. Those taking part in the race should travel up the night before to be at the start on time.

How to get to Cardiff by coach/bus: National Express and Megabus coach companies both have regular services to Cardiff from London. National Express services are more frequent, with coaches leaving Victoria coach station almost hourly, but Megabus fares are very low. Journeys should last just over 3 hours. Visit www.nationalexpress.com or www.megabus.com to find out more.

Flying to Cardiff: Book a flight to Cardiff International Airport. The following airlines offer flights to Cardiff: Aer Aran, BMI Baby, Eastern Airways, Flybe, Highland Airways, KLM, Thomson Fly Try comparing flight prices at www.skyscanner.net The airport is situated 15km South West of Cardiff city centre. Once you’ve arrived you can travel to the city centre by taxi, train or bus. Taxis are located just outside the arrival hall. For train tickets and times, please check www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk If you’re travelling by bus, the X91 bus will take you from the airport to Cardiff Central station.