Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Cardiff Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
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CWL Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Cardiff Airport.
What to Expect
Cardiff Airport (code: CWL) has a small but recently modernized terminal that serves a range of international, low-cost, and charter flights. Facilities are limited to a restaurant, a few cafes, and some duty-free shops and newsstands, though none are open 24 hours. WiFi is free for 2 hours. For added comfort, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Overnight campers can expect some seating, though it’s not exactly comfortable. Bring a sleeping bag or travel mat if you’d prefer to sleep on the floor. The airport is reportedly quiet overnight. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Cardiff Airport Guide.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Cardiff Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport – Located next to the terminal. Free airport shuttle is available 24 hours a day, call for pick-up using the courtesy phone in the Arrivals area. » Check Rates
- Celtic International Hotel Cardiff Airport – (7 minutes from the airport) Airport transportation is available 24 hours a day for £5 each way (small family). » Check Rates
- Travelodge Cardiff Airport Hotel – (4 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Cardiff Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Executive Lounge – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.
Free WiFi is available at Cardiff Airport for 2 hours. Additionally, there are Internet Kiosks located throughout the airport.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations:
- Landside (dispenses Pounds Sterling and Euros) • Arrivals Hall (Pounds Sterling only).
- Airside, Departures Lounge (dispenses Pounds Sterling and Euros).
Baby Care Facilities – Change your baby in privacy and comfort in one of the Baby Care rooms, located on the 1st floor Departure Lounge, and in the Arrivals Hall. Baby food and food warming facilities are available landside at Caffi Cwtch.
Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available. Rate: £1 or €1 is required, but is refunded upon return.
Currency Exchange – Forexchange operates foreign exchange counters. Locations: Unknown.
Duty Free & Shopping – Nuance Tax and Duty Free offers duty-free shopping at the airport. WHSmith newsstands are available landside, on the ground floor, and airside in the Departures lounge.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate according to the flight schedules. Dining options at the airport include:
- Landside: Caffi Cwtch • Costa Coffee
- Airside: Costa Coffee • The Beer House • Ritazza
Information Desk – There is an Airport Team on staff to assist customers. If you do not see any you can also call them from a Customer Call point located throughout the terminal.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Pharmacy – Well Pharmacy- Location: Airside. Hours: according to the daily flight schedule.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: outside the terminal. Stamps can be purchased at the WH Smith. Location: Landside, near the check-in counters.
Mobile Charging – Free mobile charging is offered near the Internet kiosks.
Multifaith Room – Location: Check-in Hall, opposite the Special Assistance Desk. Ablution facilities are available on the 1st floor (landside) above the Check-In hall.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
Smoking – There is a designated smoking area located Airside, next to Gate 2.
As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The T9 (Cardiff Airport Express Bus) offers convenient, economical and comfortable bus service between Cardiff Airport and the city center. Buses depart every 20 minutes in the Summer and 30 minutes in the Winter. Buses drop off and pick up passengers in front of the passenger terminal. Fares start from £5 per person, also payable in Euros. For schedules, fares and ticket sales, visit the Traws Cymru website.
Onsite car rental agencies include Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz. Hours of operation vary between the agencies, but all are open 7 days a week with reduced hours on Sundays.
See Airport Hotels above.
FlightLink Wales offers door-to-door private and shared-ride airport shuttle service between Cardiff Airport and destinations within South Wales. Service is also available to some of the UK’s major airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. Service must be pre-booked. For fares and reservations, visit the FlightLink Wales website.
Cardiff Airport is located in Rhoose which has a rail link connecting to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. The trains run every hour from Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sundays. A shuttle bus service from the Airport to the train station is available for passengers. The shuttle bus takes approximately 10 minutes and costs £1 each way.
For routes, schedules and fare information, visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Last updated: 2020-06-17
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.