Fly To Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff (or Caerdydd in Welsh) is the capital and largest city of Wales, and the seat of the National Assembly of Wales. Since the 1990s, Cardiff has seen significant development, including a glitzy new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay and the Cardiff International Sports Village.
There is plenty to explore in the city itself, but equally attractive are the vast areas of parkland surrounding the city. Travelstart can help you find and book the cheapest flights to Cardiff, whether you want to visit for business or pleasure.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- Citizens of South Africa do require a Visa for Wales and the United Kingdom. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African High Commission for the UK is in London at Trafalgar Square at South Africa House. Phone: +44 20 7451 7299.
See and do
Cardiff Castle is the city’s number one tourist attraction – in reality not a traditional Welsh castle, but rather a collection of castles scattered around a central green.
Situated around the Alexandra Gardens are a number of government buildings, including the Civic Centre of Cardiff, City Hall, police headquarters, courts, Cardiff University and the National Museum of Cardiff, which is one of Britain’s best museums, covering natural history, archeology and art.
The spectacular 72 500 seat Millennium Stadium sits on the east bank of the River Taff. It was completed in time for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, and cost £110 million.
The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff was designed by architect Jonathan Adams, and was opened in 2004 as Wales’ premier arts complex. It houses, among others, the Welsh National Opera, the National Dance Company, the National Orchestra and Ty Cerdd (Music Centre of Wales).
Following on the huge success of the TV series Dr Who, produced by BBC Wales, a permanent exhibition has opened in the Red Dragon Centre, with props and costumes displayed alongside the scenes in which they feature.
The Senedd, or National Assembly Building, was designed by Lord Richard Rogers, and won awards for its environmentally friendly design.
Cardiff Airport – CWL
Cardiff Airport is the only international airport in Wales and is situated 19 km west of the city. There are regular bus services linking the airport with Cardiff Central Bus Station, as well as a train service from the airport to Cardiff city centre.
Food and beverage: Café Ritazza, Echo Bar, Fly Half Bar, The Food Village.
Currency Exchange: A Bureau de Change is located on the first floor of the terminal and in the Departures Lounge. It is open for all outbound international flights and provides instant availability of all major currencies. There is also a desk in the baggage reclaim hall for inbound passengers.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar.
Airport Hub: Cardiff International Airport (code CWL) is a hub for Citywing, Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines.