Please be aware that thousands of people will be wanting to get to the start of the race. Allow plenty of time to get there in time for the 10am start. Late starters will not be permitted to take part.
With so many participants and spectators travelling to Cardiff over the race weekend, one of the most reliable, stress-free and cost effective ways to travel to Cardiff and avoid congestion is by travelling by train in advance of race day – why not make a weekend of it?
If you are planning to travel on race day, please check with your local train provider whether a train allows you enough time to arrive at the race before the start at 10am and be aware that early Sunday morning services can be extremely limited.
Cardiff Central train station enjoys excellent rail connections between a number of major cities and regions within 3-4 hours travel. Check www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.trainline.com for timetables and prices from around the UK. If you live in Wales, we recommend travelling via one of the regional Valley Lines or Arriva Trains Wales stations. A timetable can be found at www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk
RACE DAY PARKING
A park and walk facility will be provided at the Cardiff City Football Stadium car park on Leckwith Road, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ.
CLICK HERE to pre-book before you travel.
We advise all runners to explore all parking options within the city at www.en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/cardiff or www.cardiff.gov.uk, as well as road-side parking where safe and secure.
TWO FREE NEXTBIKE HOURS
To promote sustainable travel on race day, nextbike UK are offering Cardiff Half runners 120 free cumulative minutes on their bikes in Cardiff. To redeem your two hours, follow the instructions below:
- Step 1: Register on the nextbike website www.nextbike.co.uk/en/cardiff or on the mobile app ‘nextbike’. The app can be downloaded on App Store or Google Play.
- Step 2: Enter your personal details. Make sure you enter your card details when registering or your account will not be activated. £1 credit be taken as a card security deposit. Do you not select a subscription from the drop down menu.
- Step 3: Via the app, select ‘My Details’ and ‘Redeem Voucher’ or via the website, select ‘My Account’ and ‘Vouchers’. Enter the code 520452. Your voucher is now redeemed and you have just purchased an annual subscription for £30.
- Step 4: Hire a nextbike from one of the docking stations across Cardiff and get cycling.Step 4.1) Open the nextbike app and login or call our customer hotline
Step 4.2) Enter the bike number and press Rent Bike OR Scan the QR code
Step 4.3) You will receive a code to unlock the bike lock via your app
Step 4.4) Enter the code in the bike computer and unlock the bicycle
Step 4.5) To return, simply lock the bicycle at the docking station and press OK on the bike computer, your rental has now ended
Life’s a journey – share it! At this year’s Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon we are committed to making the festival as green as possible and ask you all to consider your environment and the effect your travel has on it. Therefore we have teamed up with the friendly peeps at GoCarShare to help encourage as many of you as possible to share car journeys by offering lifts. Just click on our page and add your journey, whether you are driving or looking for a lift, and they will match you with someone going the same way. Go on, not only will you be saving the planet a little at a time, but you’ll be saving pennies too!
Cardiff is easily accessible by foot with a number of key destinations within a short walk of each other. Getting across the city and to locations around the city can be achieved easily with a number of pedestrianised streets allowing pedestrians to beat the traffic.
Travelling to Cardiff by bus is cheap and easy from a number of major cities and regions. You can travel by National Express Coach from most UK cities. There are also Megabus routes into Cardiff from London, Swansea, Birmingham Airport, Manchester and Newcastle. The Megabus stops at Kingsway, just opposite the Hilton Hotel, near the starting pens
Due to road closures in place for the race, travelling by bus within Cardiff will in some cases be a little trickier than normal if you aim to arrive just before the start of the race. Allow extra time and travel well before the start of the race to avoid being dropped off further from the city centre. Visit www.cardiffbus.com for more information closer to race day.
Travelling by bike to the start of the race is easy, sustainable and practical if you live within a reasonable distance from Cardiff City Centre.
A bike park will be available in Gorsedd Gardens outside the front of the National Museum of Wales on the day of the race. You will be able to lock your bikes within this bike park for the duration of race day. Risk will also be available to hire for all spectators who would like to get out and around the course.
You could also cycle to your nearest Valley Lines network in order to take the train the rest of the way and avoid any traffic.
Sustrans Cymru have a number of maps, routes and advice on their website for anyone unsure of the best route into Cardiff.
Cardiff International Airport
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 T9 will take you to and from the airport to the Centre of Cardiff and Cardiff Bay (www.trawscymru.info/t9/).
The following airlines offer flights to Cardiff: Aer Lingus, Air Malta, Eastern Airways, Flybe, KLM, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Vueling.
Compare flight prices at www.skyscanner.net
Bristol airport is a 45 minute drive from Cardiff or an hour on the train or bus. With regular links to Cardiff and a variety of European airlines flying to Bristol, the airport is a convenient and closely located option for many.
For more information on getting to and from the airport, CLICK HERE
The following airlines offer flights to Bristol: Aer Lingus, Aurigny, Blue Islands, BMI Regional, Brussels Airlines, Easy Jet, KLM, Ryan Air, Thomas Cook Airlines, Wizz Air, Wow Air.
Compare flight prices at www.skyscanner.net
Other Airports within two-three hours of Cardiff include London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester.
When travelling by car please be aware that congestion into the city may well be possible on the day of the race and during road closures. Please leave extra time to arrive well before the race to avoid congestion and find suitable parking.
Please be aware of the road closures which will be in place across the course on the day of the race. A full road closure map is available here.
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.
We’ve teamed up with Uber to offer you a free ride to or from the race. Use code RUNTHEDIFF get.uber.com