Sleeping in Airports

Cardiff Airport Guide

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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Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Cardiff Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small, but clean and modern airport with a limited variety of shops and restaurants.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

  • The seats in this airport are hard and uncomfortable, but the airport is very quiet until early morning. There is a small spot on the 1st floor with metal chairs that you can sleep in, or for more comfort, have a travel mat and blanket handy to sleep on the floor.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

Airport Lounges

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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!

Airport Hotels

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 from 12:00PM – 12:00AM, call for pick-up using the courtesy phone in the Arrivals area. » Check Rates
  • Travelodge Cardiff Airport Hotel – (4 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • New Farm Bed & Breakfast – (7 minutes from the airport) Budget lodging in a 17th century farmhouse cottage on a family-run working farm. No airport shuttle. Owners suggest a taxi for approx. £8 each way. » Check Rates
  • Aberthaw House Hotel – (10 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.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Cardiff Airport for 2 hours. Additionally, there are 3 Internet Kiosks located throughout the airport (airside and landside). Rate: 10p per minute.

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. Rates: £1 or €1.

Children’s Play Area – Location: Departure Lounge, Airside.

Currency Exchange – Forexchange operates two foreign exchange counters. Locations: Airside, Departure Lounge (Hours: open for International flights) • Baggage Claim, International Arrivals (Hours: open for International flights).

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 – These are the dining options at the airport: Caffè Ritazza, Caffi Cwtch (landside), Costa Coffee (Landside and Airside) and The Beer House. All are open according to daily flight schedule.

Games Zone – Video Arcade Machines can be found in two areas of the airport: the first floor of the terminal building and in the departure lounge.

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 – Not available.

Science Exhibit – Techniquest has launched a new science exhibit at Cardiff Airport, seven interactive exhibits have been installed for passengers to sample. Location: Airside.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – There is a designated smoking area located Airside, next to Gate 2.

Airport Hours

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, please send an email to [email protected] and we will update this airport guide.

Airlines

As of November 2018, Cardiff airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air France • Alitalia • BHAir • Etihad Airways • Flybe • KLM • Ryanair • Thomas Cook • TUI • Transun • Vueling.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

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.

Car Rentals

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.

Shuttle

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.

Train

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: 2018-11-07

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.